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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.

Adore brings a hint of luxury to Canadian shopping centres

December 04, 2017

Skincare savvy Canadians are one step closer to attaining supermodel status, with the recent opening of two luxurious Adore Cosmetics boutiques.
The leading purveyor of organic skin care and beauty products is now a main attraction at Yorkville’s recently reimagined upscale Holt Renfrew Centre (the unofficial anchor of Toronto’s Mink Mile) and the newly constructed Outlet Collection Winnipeg.
Supermodel Erin Heatherton, best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, is the face of a the company and speaks to its effectiveness: "I love the concept and message behind Adore Cosmetics and their Adore Yourself campaign, using only organic stem cells in their formulas and reminding women to love the skin they're in. I knew this was the perfect brand to align myself with. The research and precision put into their products is unrivaled in this industry and my skin has truly never looked healthier since I started using their line."
Launched in 2001, Adore Cosmetics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury innovative skincare products. Based in Miami Beach, Florida, the company does it all, from researching, manufacturing, wholesaling and creating a retail experience designed to highlight its unique combination of creative technology and high-end ingredients.
The result is a collection of more than 60 effective products that are consistently celebrated in fashion, health and business magazines, not to mention the countless celebrities that created a social media furor praising the much-coveted 24-karent Golden Touch Magnetic Facial Mask—retailing at $995, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer for the 1%.
Adore Cosmetics continues to expand its retail footprint around the globe and has more than 70 stores, with plans to open another 10 to 15 in the next couple of years. The company is interested in bringing its luxury retail experience to more Canadians and markets of interest include, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.
The spa-like boutiques are ideally 500 to 1,200 sq. ft. and Adore is the perfect fit for centres cultivating a higher-end tenant offering. The beautifully designed spaces are at once serene and inspiring, with product demonstration stations that invite consumers to experience the best in anti-aging skincare.
Adore is a proven marquee tenant that delivers repeat foot-traffic and among the highest industry averages of sales per square foot. What’s not to love?
For more about Adore and its plans in Canada, contact the Think Retail team.

Sherwin-Williams continues Canadian expansion strategy

October 25, 2017

A household name in quality paints, Sherwin-Williams has a strong Canadian heritage and Think Retail is delighted to report, a strong vision for growth nationwide.
It’s exciting to celebrate a retail brand with true staying power. The company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1866 as Sherwin-Williams Paints. After opening the first Canadian store in 1894, Ontario-born Walter H. Cottingham became its second president in 1909, helping grow the brand through innovation and acquisition.Today Sherwin-Williams is the largest producer of paint in the world and its products are sold through a wide network of distributors including, home centres, independent retailers, mass merchandisers, and through more than 4,200 company-operated paint stores. The Fortune 500 Company generates over US$15 billion in annual sales.
In Canada, Sherwin-Williams has an impressive footprint, with more than 225 stores—46 in British Columbia, 28 in Alberta, 7 in Saskatchewan, 8 in Manitoba, 88 in Ontario, 37 in Quebec, 4 in New Brunswick, 2 in Newfoundland, 6 in Nova Scotia and one in PEI.
With a 3 year Canadian growth rate of 26% (48 new stores) Sherwin-Williams are expanding steadily across the country, with additional focus on the Quebec market, namely greater Montreal and Quebec City.
Ideal storefronts are 2,500 to 4,000 sq. ft. along high streets and in open-air centres.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with this platinum brand on its Quebec expansion (the company works with Webster Retail in Ontario). For more, visit the Sherwin-Williams website or, to discuss growing retailers in Canada, contact the Think Retail team.

Paris and London (Ontario), Bizou boutiques opening around the globe

September 27, 2017

Montreal-based Bizou is shining in new markets, both in Canada and around the globe.
We are delighted to announce that Bizou is now open at CF Masonville Place in London, Ont., part of a larger strategy to expand across Ontario. Next up, Canada’s own Bizou is opening at Gare de L’Est in Paris this month and plans for another store are in the works for Carré Sénart, just south of Paris.
It’s an incredible time for the brand, which debuted its first boutique in Montreal in 1984: Today Bizou boasts a global network of more than 130 stores and counting. 
Its latest, a 558 sq. ft. boutique at CF Masonville Place, opened this summer. The premium shopping centre is an ideal fit for the Bizou brand—Masonville Place recently completed a $77-million expansion and redevelopment, during which it welcomed a number of other best-in-class retailers, including Zara, H&M, Sport Chek, Disney, Sephora and Saje, as well as new restaurants and services. 
And, Bizou really is their ultimate fashion co-tenant. The company offers a well-honed modern retail experience, with the right mix of sophistication and fun. It’s jewellery and accessories are unique, with the majority of its stainless steel and sterling silver collections coming from an inspired group of in-house designers, who travel the world to stay ahead of the latest trends. 
Moving forward, Bizou continues to lay the foundation for its expansion across Canada. Four stores are already in the works for the next six months and the plan is to open four more in 2018. 
Ideal spaces are 450 to 800 sq. ft. in super regional malls across the country, with a particular focus on Ontario. Bizou also continues to build its footprint in its home province of Quebec, where it has more than 90 stores, and the Maritime Region, where it has seven stores in New Brunswick, four in Nova Scotia and one in PEI, as well as Newfoundland, where it has three locations. 
In addition, Bizou continues to grow on the international stage, where it already has boutiques in France and Saudi Arabia.
Think Retail has worked with the talented Bizou team on its growth strategy and entry into new markets for nearly 20 years. We are thrilled to watch this great Canadian retailer go from strength to strength, both here at home and around the globe. 
For more about Bizou, visit www.bizou.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Le Creuset on fire with plans for two market debuts in Canada

September 15, 2017

Le Creuset is prepping to bring its colourful enamel cast-iron cookware to two new markets, with deals reached to open at Halifax Shopping Centre and Polo Park in Winnipeg.
The premium French cookware manufacturer will make its Atlantic Canada debut in Q2 2018. The 750 sq. ft. store at the Halifax Shopping Centre will be the only store in the region, making Le Creuset a huge draw and an ideal tenant for the mall, which is home to an impressive selection of unique-to-the-region brands, including Apple, Aritzia, Banana Republic, Browns, Club Monaco, Coach, Fossil, Hollister, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret and more. With more than 170 retailers, the Halifax Shopping Centre attracts visitors from across Atlantic Canada and no doubt many will make the trip to Le Creuset’s beautiful brand store. 
The company is also making its debut in Manitoba, having recently reached an agreement to lease a 950 sq. ft. space in Winnipeg’s prestigious CF Polo Park. Again, an ideal first-to-market location for the sophisticated brand, which will be right at home in the province’s largest shopping centre, which boasts 200 of the finest shops and services, with several brands exclusive to CF Polo Park.
These two new locations with bring Le Creuset’s store count to 11 in Canada and the company continues to target select markets, including downtown Vancouver and Montreal, as well as the GTA—ideal spaces are 750 to 1,250 sq. ft. along high streets and in super regional malls. 
Think Retail is honoured to work with this iconic brand and help plot its growth across the country. Le Creuset continues to innovate, with several market entries in recent years, the introduction of high street locations and, last fall, the unveiling of its show-stopping 800 sq. ft. Montreal flagship at 2121 Crescent Street.
The Le Creuset brand has an incredible story. Founded in Northern France in 1925, Le Creuset built a loyal following for cookware that combines functionality and fresh playful aesthetics: Is round French oven is a classic that spans generations. 
Today, products are distributed in more than 30 countries via partnerships with specialty retailers and high-end department stores, however Le Creuset continues to build a global network of name-brand boutiques that carry an enhanced selection of products unavailable elsewhere. The stores embrace the brand’s pedigree in a modern aesthetic, resulting in a unique destination for those with discerning taste. 
For more about this iconic brand visit www.Lecreuset.ca or contact the Think Retail Team.