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Le Creuset: Opening soon at CF Richmond Centre

February 27, 2018

Le Creuset is poised to give British Columbians a fresh taste of its colourful cookware and accessories, with plans to open a boutique at CF Richmond Centre. 
Think Retail is delighted to announce that the premium French cookware manufacturer and retailer has just finalized an agreement to open a 965-sq.-ft. boutique, right across from Uniqlo and Hugo Boss. It’s an ideal location for Le Creuset, which has built a lasting legacy for quality wares that manage to be at once timeless and cutting edge. 
With more than 200 stores and services, CF Richmond Centre is one of the Lower Mainland's premium shopping destinations and the perfect venue for this strong retail brand, which offers a destination shopping experience in a sophisticated setting.
This will be the company’s second store in British Columbia and it recently celebrated two new market debuts, with a 750-sq.-ft. store at Halifax Shopping Centre and a 950-sq.-ft. store at Polo Park in Winnipeg.
It’s an exciting time for Le Creuset in Canada and Think Retail is thrilled to partner with this marque company on it’s vision for growth. 
The new CF Richmond Centre location will bring Le Creuset’s store count to 12 in Canada. And, that’s not all: The company continues to target select markets, including downtown Toronto and Vancouver. They may also consider opening another boutique in Montreal. Moving forward, ideal spaces are 600 to 1,000 sq. ft. along high streets and in super regional malls. 
If you haven’t visited a Le Creuset name-brand boutique, I encourage you to do so. These are inspired spaces with a clean modern aesthetic that allows the colourful collections to take centre stage. As well, the stores carry an enhanced selection of innovative products not sold via the company’s extensive network of retail partners around the globe. 
Founded in Northern France in 1925, Le Creuset is a brand with staying power that continues to innovate and excite. For more about its Canadian vision, visit www.Lecreuset.ca or contact the Think Retail Team. 

Forbes Interview - How Sugarfina's Founders Built A Million-Dollar (And Very Instagrammable) Candy Company

January 17, 2018

How Sugarfina's Founders Built A Million-Dollar (And Very Instagrammable) Candy Company is an interview with Sugarfina cofounder Rosie O-Neill, who talks about her third date with cofounder (and now husband) Josh Resnick. The duo saw "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" and that sparked the idea for their future company. "After the movie, we became obsessed with the question: Where’s the candy store for grownups? Why isn’t there a place for people who love and appreciate beautiful, high-quality candies, presented in a fresh and modern way? Nothing like that existed in the United States, so we had the crazy idea to create it ourselves," says O'Neill. 
The superstar retail brand, which got its start online in 2012, before opening its first boutique in Beverley Hills, now has more than 24 stores across the United States and, mostly recently, Canada. 
Think Retail is Sugarfina’s exclusive Canadian broker are we thrilled to have worked with this exciting brand on the November 17th opening of is first Canadian stand-alone store, a 950 sq. ft. boutique at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby.
For more insights into this unique concept, which made almost $25 million in revenue in 2016 and raised $35 million in growth financing in last year, visit sugarfina.ca or, to chat about the article, contact the Think Retail team.  

Five Guys fires up plans for 15 new restaurants

January 09, 2018

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is making headlines around the globe, as it opens locations in fresh markets and cultivates a cult-like following wherever it goes. 
We’ve got great news for Canadian burger lovers, as the fast-casual restaurant chain plans to open at least 15 news restaurants!
Think Retail is delighted to work with NY-based Koeppel Companies ULC, which has the rights to Ontario (east of Kingston), Ottawa, Quebec and the East Coast provinces. 
The plan is open several restaurants in the next three years, with an immediate focus on:
- Downtown Montreal
- Laval
- Saint-Laurent
- Plateau
- Côte-des-Neiges 
- Lachenaie
- Boucherville
- Gatineau
- Downtown Ottawa 
Koeppel Companies has also plans to ramp up expansion of Five Guys in the Maritimes in early 2019 and the initial focus there is on Halifax, Moncton and St. John. They seek opportunities of 2,500 to 3,200 sq. ft. in open-air centres (with patio), high streets and super regional malls.
Finally Canadians coast-to-coast will get to experience this phenomenal brand, which is again and again proving itself a winner in the great burger war. People love the tasty hand-formed burgers, which can be customized with an array of toppings, hotdogs and fresh-cut fries. 
With a simple fresh décor accented in red and white checks, this is a premium tenant with strong branding and social media presence that connects to its fan base and keeps them coming back again and again.
Five Guys started as a family-owned takeout burger joint in Arlington Virginia in 1986. As word got out and its popularity increased, the Murell family opened more sites and in 2003 they began franchising.
According to QSR Magazine, Five Guys quickly became the fastest growing franchise in the U.S. and today it operates more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, with about another 1,500 in development. 
For more information, visit the Five Guys website or contact the Think Retail Team.

Sherwin-Williams unveils vision for Quebec expansion

January 03, 2018


Powerhouse paint company Sherwin-Williams is injecting colour into the Quebec market, with plans to open several retail stores across the province.
A household name in quality paints, Sherwin-Williams is one of the largest producers of paint in the world and its products are sold at wholesale branches, home centres, independent retailers, mass merchandisers, and through a network of more than 4,2000 company-operated paint stores around the globe. The Fortune 500 company generates US$15 billion in annual sales.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with this heritage brand, which operates more than 200 stores in communities across Canada—48 in British Columbia, 27 in Alberta, seven in Saskatchewan, nine in Manitoba, 87 in Ontario, 35 in Quebec, four in New Brunswick, two in Newfoundland, six in Nova Scotia and one in PEI.
With a Canadian annual growth rate of about 10%, Sherwin-Williams’ particular vision for Quebec involves opening two to three stores in 2018 and five to six in 2019. Ideal storefronts are 2,800 to 4,000 sq. ft. along high streets and in open-air centres. Target markets include:
Plateau Hochelaga Côte Saint-LucParc Extension/Mile End AhuntsicCôte-des-NeigeVieux-LongueuilGriffintownVieux-RosemontVanier/Pierre-Bertrand Terrebonne Saint-Romuald/LevisHaute-Saint-Charles/ L'Ormière
For more about this heritage brand and its plans for growth in Quebec, visit the Sherwin-Williams website or contact the Think Retail team.

Change Lingerie debuts at the newly renovated CF Sherway Gardens

December 19, 2017

Change Lingerie is finding the perfect fit in Canada, after opening four new locations in 2017, including its latest at CF Sherway Gardens in Etobicoke, Ont. 
The 900-sq.-ft. boutique debuted this week and caps an impressive year for this dynamic international retailer.
Home to more than 200 high-end and international retailers, CF Sherway Gardens is an ideal venue for the Change brand. The shopping centre this summer completed the final phase of its $550-million redevelopment and expansion, opening up opportunities to add to its vibrant retail mix. 
It’s been an incredible year for Change, as it makes strategic inroads in major centres across Canada, building brand momentum and a strong consumer fanbase drawn to its vast selection of more than 110 different bra sizes from A-M cup in a variety of styles. 
In 2017, Change opened a 550 sq. ft. store at the prestigious CF Carrefour Laval near Montreal, a 650 sq. ft. boutique at CF Richmond Centre in Richmond, B.C., and a 750 sq. ft. in Oshawa, Ont.’s recently renovated Oshawa Centre. 
Think Retail is honoured to have worked with the Change team on this growth in Canada and we are thrilled to announce that they have signed a deal to open March 2018 at CF Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton, Ont. 
That’s just the beginning—2018 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for Change Lingerie, which launched in Denmark 1997, first as a private label brand before opening its first stand-alone retail store in Denmark in 2001. 
Today, it has more than 250 franchise and corporate stores in 15 countries across three continents (in Europe, Asia and North America), as well as an international online store.
Change debuted in Canada in 2006 and has 16 locations spanning British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. It is proving itself a wonderful cotenant that draws repeat traffic to its modern and beautifully designed stores.
As it furthers its mission—“To provide the perfect bra to as many women around the world as possible”—Change has ambitious growth plans in 2018 and 2019. Ideal spaces are 500 to 1,000 sq. ft. and markets of interest include British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. 
For more about Change, visit its website or contact the Think Retail Team.

Revolutionizing QSR - Vegan eatery Copper Branch kicks of major expansion with Carrefour Laval debut

December 06, 2017

Copper Branch is giving hungry shoppers a fresh and refreshing alternative to the usual fast-casual fare, with a new restaurant at CF Carrefour Laval.
Serving up its signature power foods, the 600-sq.-ft. vegan eatery brings this exciting and innovative company one step closer to taking plant-based foods mainstream, with a mouth-watering menu featuring “real” fast food designed for health-conscious time-strapped consumers.  
Well positioned facing the food court, Copper Branch is firmly establishing itself as the leader in healthy fast-casual dining and the company continues to go from strength to strength.Established in Montreal in 2014, Copper Branch is the brainchild of entrepreneur Rio Infantino. After 25 years owning several traditional fast food franchises, he set out to revamp the QSR experience by introducing nourishing gourmet plant based power foods designed to appeal beyond card-carrying vegetarians, to a more mainstream audience seeking clean healthy meal options.
The fast-growing company’s simple mission is resonating with its target—serve quality, whole foods and offer the world real food as fast food for a change.The Carrefour Laval restaurant represents Copper Branch’s 14th location and its first with Cadillac Fairview. In 2016, the company reached another milestone, opening it’s first Ontario location in Brooklin Ont, just north of Whitby.  Then in 2017, Copper Branch opened its first restaurant in Toronto—a 675 sq. ft. eatery at Commerce Court’s revamped food court.Think Retail is thrilled to work with the innovative Copper Branch team as it sets out to open 20 locations in 2018 and at least 24 more the following year. This is a concept whose time has come and consumers, along with savvy landlords, are embracing this marquee tenant.
Several openings are already confirmed for 2018, including: - Place Laurier (Ottawa and the first location with Ivanhoe Cambridge)
- Sherbrooke Street (Westmount in Montreal)
- Place Bell (Laval, Que.)
- Downtown Markham, Ont.
- North Barrie Crossing (Barrie, Ont.)
- Waterloo, Ont.
- Yonge Green Lane Common (Newmarket, Ont.)
- Duke Street (Griffintown, Montreal)
- Côte-Vertu (Saint-Laurent in Montreal)
- Centre Saint Charles (Kirkland, Que.)
- SmartCentres Oakville (Oakville, Ont.)
- Peterborough, Ont.
- Bloor West Village
- Boucherville
Copper Branch is continuing to expand in Ontario and Quebec, while also looking to make inroads in Western Canada. Specifically they seek sites to open restaurants in Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Ideal spaces are 1,250 to 2,000 sq. ft. in open-air centres and 450 to 1,500 sq. ft. in enclosed malls. 
For more, visit www.copperbranch.ca or contact the Think Retail Team.