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Park Royal welcomes Change of Scandinavia

August 26, 2016

Leading lingerie retail brand Change of Scandinavia is celebrating the opening of its fresh space in the new wing of Park Royal South, one of Metro Vancouver’s most prominent and innovative retail destinations.
Located in beautiful West Vancouver, Park Royal is a community where people can shop, eat and play. The project is evolving in several phases and Change’s new 600 sq. ft. store is well-situated in the main level of Park Royal South, where interior improvements are now complete.
Change of Scandinavia is growing not only here in Canada, but around the globe. The company launched in Denmark 1995, first as a private label brand before opening its first stand-alone retail store in Copenhagen in 2001. The popular concept soon grew across Europe, and then into Asia and North America—today it has more than 200 corporate and franchise stores.
Change debuted in Canada in 2006 and now has 15 locations—five stores in British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan, five in Ontario and four in Quebec.
It’s been a year since Think Retail partnered with Change to propel growth across the country and what an exciting year it’s been. In addition to the new Park Royal space, Change this spring unveiled its 1,200 sq. ft. flagship in downtown Montreal at the trendy Place Montreal Trust. And, we’ll soon be announcing details of another store slated to open at one of Quebec’s top super regional malls—stay tuned.
Overall sales in Canada are up an impressive 20% in the last 12 months and the company’s same store sales have increased for 18 consecutive months—they are truly resonating with the Canadian consumer!
Of course, Change is the ideal tenant. It’s a fresh and exciting brand with beautifully designed boutiques that play on black and white for an intimate upscale feel.
Research shows the brand appeals to a wide spectrum of women because of its vast selection in more than 100 different sizes (up to K cup) in 10 different models, offering a perfect fit for all shapes and sizes. Its stores are a destination spaces that attract a demographic comprised of a variety of age groups, who shop for lingerie several times a year, tapping in to the Club Change loyalty program because of a generous bonus scheme.
While about 75% of revenue is derived from the sale of underwear and bras, the company is diversifying with a selection of loungewear, swimwear, nightwear, stockings and a men’s underwear collection.
We are thrilled to work with Change as it looks to open several new stores in 2017. The focus is on securing spaces of 500 to 1,000 sq. ft. in super regional malls in Montreal and Toronto.For more about the brand and its growth plans in Canada, visit www.change.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Le Creuset unveils plans for Montreal flagship

August 17, 2016

Le Creuset is prepping to add its signature colourful sophistication to the Montreal retail scene, as it realizes its dream to open a flagship high street location in the equally colourful and sophisticated city.

The 800 sq. ft. store will open at 2121 Crescent Street late September. After searching for the ideal space for Le Creuset’s Montreal flagship, Think Retail is thrilled to have brokered this exciting deal for the marquee cookware company.

This will mark Le Creuset’s third high street location in Canada. It opened a 2,000 sq. ft. store at 2997 South Granville in Vancouver in June (its first store in British Columbia) and, in 2015, at 577 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.

Montreal will mark Le Creuset’s 10th store in Canada and the company continues to target select markets, including Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal—ideal spaces are 750 to 1,250 sq. ft. along high streets and in super regional malls.

Founded in Northern France in 1925, the Le Creuset brand is a hit with Canadian consumers, who love the traditional quality Enameled Cast Iron cookware for its functionality and fresh playful aesthetics: It’s No. 1 bridal registry brand and consistently the No. 1 or No. 2 cookware supplier to its trading partners.

While products are distributed in more than 30 countries via Le Creuset’s partnerships with specialty retailers and high-end department stores, the company has also worked to build a solid network of more than 250 of its name-brand stores in 25 countries.

These modern stylized retail spaces carry an enhanced selection of Le Creuset products that aren’t available anywhere else, making its stores a unique destination that attract an upscale demographic with great taste.

In the past 18 months, Le Creuset has more than doubled its footprint in Canada and celebrated several market debuts. At Think Retail, we are thrilled to work with this iconic brand as it expands across the country. For more, visit www.lecreuset.ca or contact the Think Retail Team.

Adore Cosmetics opens at Rideau Centre

August 15, 2016

At Think Retail, we are feeling the love, as Adore Cosmetics opened its new boutique at Ottawa’s revitalized CF Rideau Centre.
The 850 sq. ft. store is ideally located in the centre’s new expansion area, which is home to an exciting array of complementary top-tier retailers.
The four-level shopping mall in the heart of the nation’s capital launched a $360-milllion major redevelopment project in 2013, adding 230,000 sq. ft. of retail and dining in a three-year project designed to turn the once-staid mall into an iconic shopping centre. It’s worked and today Rideau Centre is a mecca for best-in-class retailers: Adore Cosmetics is right at home.
Launched in 2011, Adore’s Miami-based parent company UHI Cosmetics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury innovative skincare products, celebrated for using creative technology and high-end ingredients for a unique product line that continues to generate a growing fan base.
Adore’s popular Organic Innovation line—based on organic extracts combined with age-defying Plant Stem Cell Technology—is a hit with celebrities and regularly appears in the best-of lists of major magazines.
Today, Adore has more than 50 boutiques around the globe and continues to expand throughout the U.S., as well as Mexico, U.S. Virgin Island, Caribbean, the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to the new Rideau Centre location, Adore as six stores in Canada—Fairview Pointe Claire (Quebec); Tanger Cookstown, Pickering Town Centre and Canada Pen Centre (Ontario); Southland Mall (Saskatchewan); and downtown Vancouver. 
The momentum continues and we are Think Retail were thrilled to partner with UHI Cosmetics to help expand Adore’s footprint across Canada: Adore will open this fall at Oshawa Centre in Ontario and Tsawassen Mills in British Columbia.
The company is bullish on further Canadian expansion and seeks opportunities in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, with a primary focus on 600 to 1,200 sq. ft. in super regional malls.
Adore is the perfect luxury retail tenant, offering an immersive product demonstration experience that showcases its line of more than 60 products in a beautiful destination space. The brand delivers repeat foot-traffic and one of the highest industry averages of sales per square foot.
Think Retail is delighted to work with Adore as it spreads the love across Canada. For more about this innovative company, visit www.adorecosmeticsinsights.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Bizou ramps up Ontario expansion with plans for a new boutique at Oshawa Centre

August 12, 2016

Montreal’s Bizou is making good on its plans to expand into Ontario, having signed an exciting deal to open at Oshawa Centre.
The 750 sq. ft. boutique will open December 1st, just in time for holiday shoppers to gift the company’s evolving collections of stainless steel and silver ladies fashion jewellery and accessories.
Oshawa Centre, which is owned and managed by Ivanhoe Cambridge, is a two-story shopping centre in the city of Oshawa, about 30 minutes east of Toronto. It comprises 1,040,369 sq. ft. of retail and is home to more than 230 stores and services. It is just wrapping up a $230 million renovation and Bizou will be in good company amongst a strong lineup of fashion cotenants, including a number of new retailers to open when the renovation is complete next month—Adidas, Bikini Village, Forever 21, Hot Topic, Geox, La Vie en Rose, WKLN and more.
It’s been a busy time for Bizou, which has flourished since retail veteran Marcel Labrecque opened the first boutique in 1984. Today the company has an international network of 128 stores and counting.
Earlier this year, Bizou opened at Galeries d’Anjou in Montreal and Galeries de la Capitale in Quebec City. More international openings are pending—details will be announced soon.
Moving forward, the company’s expansion strategy focuses on regional malls in Ontario (as well as more openings on the international front). Ideal spaces in Canada are 500 to 850 sq. ft. in regional and super regional shopping centres, with strong co-tenants, such as, but not limited to, H&M, Zara, Sephora, Banana Republic, Fossil and Victoria’s Secret.
Bizou itself is an ideal fashion co-tenant with a modern retail experience. The company stands apart in the world of ladies fashion jewellery and accessories with a team of in-house designers, who travel the world for inspiration when creating the Bizou’s unique trend-setting collections.
We at Think Retail have worked with Bizou for nearly two decades and we are thrilled to watch this great Canadian brand go from height to height, both in Canada and on the international stage. For more information, visit www.bizou.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Think Retail welcomes industry veteran Patrick Abezis

July 26, 2016

Think Retail is growing and we are thrilled to welcome to the team industry insider Patrick Abezis.
Patrick is a multi-talented broker with 20 years experience working for both tenants and landlords, most recently as Senior VP Retail Leasing for McGill Commercial. Prior to that, he was with RDH Property Group, where he climbed the ranks for more than 15 years.
I have long admired Patrick’s work and his strong reputation. He joins Think Retail at a key time in our expansion and we are fortunate to have him on our team.
Patrick knows the market inside and out. He is a multi-skilled professional with tremendous insights. He has carved a valuable niche as a high-street specialist, who is also familiar with all of Canada’s top shopping centres.
On the client side, Patrick’s experience is impressive and wide-ranging. He has successfully completed transactions with notable retailers including, Alex & Ani, Footlocker, Urban Outfitters, House of Hoops, Editorial and many others.
We are extremely pleased to have Patrick join the firm. He started last week and will work out of our office in Montreal.
Please join us in welcoming Patrick to Think Retail. He can be reached at pna@thinkretail.ca or (514) 963-1762.

Shinola: America’s coolest brand opens its first Canadian location

July 12, 2016

After much anticipation, Think Retail is thrilled to announce that Shinola’s Queen West store in Toronto opened on the weekend. 
 The 2,300 sq. ft. space is ideally situated at 1000 Queen St. W., at the corner of Ossington Avenue, in the heart of the vibrant Queen West scene. The space lives up to expectations, making the most of the building’s high ceilings to create a vibrant retail experience that surprises and delights, from a chandelier-like bike display to beautifully merchandized pockets, ideal for browsing and buying. 
We are proud to have worked with such a unique and dynamic company on its high-profile Canadian market entry.  
Founded in 2011, Detroit-based Shinola designs and manufactures a range of luxury products that are a hit among celebrities and trendsetters. It is most famous for its watches, but it has evolved into a true lifestyle brand with an offering that ranges from belts to bicycles, pocketknives, clothing, leather accessories, headphones and more.

We quickly determined it was fitting that one of retail’s coolest brands set up shop in what Vogue magazine considers one of the World’s Coolest Neighbourhoods. 
What they’ve done with the new space on Queen West is nothing short of inspiring and no doubt Shinola will live up to its reputation for creating stores that go above and beyond the retail experience to offer a destination space for its community of customers.
 In addition to this new store, Shinola has nine stand-alone flagships in the U.S. and one in London. 
 At Think Retail, we thrive on partnering with high-end retail brands to navigate their Canadian market entry and we are excited to welcome Shinola to Canada. For more, visit the Shinola website or contact the Think Retail Team.