Foodtastic hungry to grow portfolio of brands across Canada

January 10, 2019

Foodtastic Inc., the Quebec-based franchisor of multiple restaurant concepts including, La Belle et La Boeuf/The Beauty & The Beeeef,  Carlos & Pepe's Taqueria, Souvlaki Bar (Greek Specialty) Nickels Deli, Bacaro Urban Pizzeria and Enoteca Monza Pizzeria. is ramping up expansion after announcing a $47 million investment from Restaurant Royalty Partners.
"Our partnership with Restaurant Royalty Partners (RRP) marks an exciting next step in our company's growth. This capital will accelerate Foodtastic's strategy of acquiring brands with strong potential for growth," said president and CEO Peter Mammas.
This latest announcement is a boon for Foodtastic, which is already a leader in the restaurant franchising business in Quebec, with more than 50 restaurants.
Foodtastic will continue its organic growth plan, which has seen 15 new restaurants open in 2018, with 30 planned for 2019. Markets of interest include its home province of Quebec, as well as Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia for the following 3 Concepts.
Foodtastic is expanding its Flagship La Belle et La Boeuf/The Beauty & The Beef) concept, Winner of Best Burger Award 3 years running, which offers an unbeatable choice of Gourmet Burgers, Poutines and Grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as an impressive variety of signature cocktails and specialty beer. The bar area features every major sporting event on giant screens. Ideal spaces are 4,500 to 5,000 sq. ft. in super regional malls, open-air centres, outlet centres and along busy streets.
Foodtastic opened its Souvlaki Bar Concept in 2014 with Superstar Greek Singer Mihalis Xatzigiannis, with immediate success. Offering Greek Souvlaki, Gyro, Salads, Appetizers as well Greek wines, Coffees and Desserts.For the restaurant concept, again super regional malls, open-air centres, outlet centres and busy streets are ideal and the size is 3,500 to 4,000 sq. ft. Souvlaki Bar has also positioned itself for Food Court Counters and is among the Top 3 in sales at Major malls like CARREFOUR LAVAL and ROCKLAND CENTRE.
On the heels of its the recent investment, Foodtastic last month acquired Enoteca Monza Pizzeria Restaurants, a growing, Montreal-based full-service Italian-restaurant concept with a state-of-the-art food commissary.
“We are excited to add Monza to our portfolio of leading restaurants. This acquisition of a homegrown Quebec business is consistent with our strategy of acquiring brands with growth potential that complement our existing brand portfolio. We expect to grow the Monza brand immediately with four new locations in the Montreal area expected in 2019, and locations in Quebec City and the Outaouais region slated for 2020,” says Mammas. “We believe the Monza acquisition will leverage our marketing, purchasing and operational systems to better serve our existing franchisees.”
Ideal Enoteca Monza Pizzeria spaces are 5,500 to 6,000 sq. ft. in super regional malls, open-air centres, outlet centres and along busy streets.
Think Retail is thrilled to partner with Foodtastic, which has a strong track record of value creation and innovation in the restaurant industry. Foodtastic seeks quality restaurant concepts to acquire and another announcement is imminent. In the meantime, the company continues to grow its core brands in markets across the country.
For more information about this dynamic company, visit the Foodtastic website or contact the Think Retail team.

Jeff de Bruges to open two new boutiques as part of Quebec expansion

November 29, 2018

French chocolatier and ice cream house Jeff de Bruges is opening two new locations in Quebec, as part of a larger vision to grow in super regional malls across the province.
The popular retail concept debuted in Canada in 2014 at Place Montreal Trust. It has proven a popular destination for those who love the retailer’s combination of exquisite Belgian chocolates, ice cream and other treats.
In light of the Montreal’s $6.3 billion REM project – the largest public transit undertaking in Quebec's history – the company is relocating the Montreal Trust store to the Montreal Eaton Centre, which is in the midst of an exciting $200 million large-scale redevelopment project.
The plan is to open a temporary pop-up store at Montreal Eaton Centre this month and relocate to a permanent 655-sq.-ft. boutique in September.
That’s not all. In March 2019, Jeff de Bruges will open a 175-sq.-ft. kiosk at Carrefour Industrielle Alliance in the heart of Montreal’s pedestrian network. La Maison Simons and the Banque Scotia theatre anchor the 210,000-sq.-ft. historical building, which is home to numerous restaurants and boutiques.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with this top-tier brand: The company has huge market awareness in Europe and boasts turnover of more than $330 million in 2017. Philippe Jambon created the concept in France in 1986 and began franchising in 1988. The company introduced ice cream to the retail mix in 1990 and now operates more than 500 stores across France, including corporate and franchises, and close to 40 international locations.
As it grows in Quebec, the focus is on 600 to 1,000-sq.-ft. space in super regional malls across the province. Jeff de Bruges is an ideal co-tenant that draws repeat customers seeking the perfect gift or personal indulgence (chocolates are imported from Belgium, ice cream is a local favourite, Bilboque). The stores are beautifully designed with an industrial chic flair and a modern turquoise and brown palette that’s echoed in its distinct packaging.
For more about the company and its plans for Quebec, visit the Jeff de Bruges website, or contact the Think Retail team.

Sweet! Sugarfina Opens at Square One

October 10, 2018

Brace yourselves Toronto, you’re about to experience a whole new world of luxury candy, as Sugarfina opens two of its famous boutiques in Ontario.
Last week Sugarfina opened 350 sq. ft. boutique in the recently renovated Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga. Nestles beside Fossil and across from Victoria’s Secret, Muji and Aritzia, the new store is positioned to be a major draw to the 2.2 million sq. ft. centre, which is home to more than 350 stores and services.
Another 295 sq. ft. store is under construction and slated to open in November at First Canadian Place in the core of Toronto’s busy financial district. Sugarfina will be in good company, with a premium location next to Paris-base men’s retailer LodinG and across from Swarovski. Frank & Oak also recently opened in the thriving retail podium.  
The two new stores effectively double Sugarfina’s Canadian presence. Think Retail is thrilled to work with this groundbreaking retail brand, as it grows across Canada.
In November 2017, Sugarfina opened its first Canadian stand-alone candy boutique at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, B.C., followed by a second at Oakridge Centre this spring. Up until then, a limited selection of Sugarfina’s luxury treats was available in Canada only via Nordstrom’s locations, as well as select upscale boutiques and gift stores.
This L.A.-based superstar retail brand has built a huge following since launching as an online candy shop in 2012. It opened is first bricks and mortar boutique in Beverley Hills the following year and now has more than 30 boutiques across North America (plus many shops-in-shops).
Couple Rosie O'Neill and Josh Resnick were inspired to create the innovative concept after watching an episode of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They envisioned a luxury candy store, catering to a discerning adult palate. The duo embarked on a world tour, visiting fine candy makers and sourcing unique treats.
Today, Sugarfina is an award-winning retail concept, having carved a niche as the ultimate candy shop for grownups. Its premium treats are made with the finest ingredients by artisan candy makers—think champagne-infused gummy bears, delicious rosé roses, peach Bellini sugar candies, maple bourbon balls, single malt scotch cordials and more.
Dubbed the Tiffany’s of candy shops, its chic boutiques have a high-end feel, with a fresh and modern palette of white and robin’s egg blue.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with this standout brand on the opening of its first four stand-alone boutiques in Canada. To learn more, visit or contact the Think Retail team.  

Le Creuset turns up the heat with a new store at CF Richmond Centre

September 28, 2018

Things just got a whole lot brighter at CF Richmond Centre in Richmond, B.C., with the opening of a new Le Creuset boutique.
The vibrant 900 sq. ft. store is ideally positioned across from Uniqlo and Hugo Boss in the premier shopping mall, which is home to more than 250 stores and services.  The intimate size of the boutique lends itself to a curated product offering designed for city dwellers in the surrounding area.
This is a fantastic location for the brand. Earlier this year, Cadillac Fairview, owners of CF Richmond Centre, teamed up with Shape Properties and GBL Architects to redevelop the 27-acre site. Plans are underway to transform it into a mixed-use retail and residential district with more than, 1,800 homes, open-air retail, new public plazas and streets. In the meantime, the existing shopping centre will remain at the centre of the buzz-worthy area.  
CF Richmond Centre is Le Creuset’s second store in British Columbia – the other opened in June 2016 on South Granville at 2997 Granville St.
“Le Creuset is exited to add a second location to best serve our customers in the Metro Vancouver area with our new boutique in Richmond’s most visited shopping centres,” says Raffi Kouyoumdjian, Le Creuset’s managing director for Canada. “Customers will be able to discover everything from our iconic French Oven in our full host of colours to specialty pieces to suit every cook’s wishes.”
In 2017, the premium French cookware manufacturer opened two new locations. It made its Atlantic Canada debut in Q2, with a 750 sq. ft. store at the Halifax Shopping Centre. As the only Le Creuset in the region, it’s proving a huge draw and an ideal tenant for the mall. With more than 170 retailers, the Halifax Shopping Centre attracts visitors from across Atlantic Canada. An, brought its signature splash of colour to Polo Park in Winnipeg.
These latest opening brings Le Creuset’s store count to 12 in Canada and the company continues to target select markets, including Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. With plans to open one or two new boutiques in 2019, 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, which was founded in Northern France in 1925 and has built a loyal following for its colourful quality enamel cookware: Its round French oven is an heirloom piece.
Le Creuset continues to build a global network of name-brand boutiques that reflect its modern aesthetic and offer an enhanced selection of products unavailable via its other retail partners.
For more information, visit or contact the Think Retail Team.

Change Lingerie aims to open 10 boutiques in 2019

September 19, 2018

Change Lingerie is breathing new life into Canada’s lingerie sector, as it continues expansion across the country.
The company recently reopened in a new strategic location—close to Sephora and Victoria’s Secret—in Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, B.C. Earlier this year, Change set up shop at CF Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton, Ont.
Next up, the company plans to open 10 stores in 2019, with a continued focus on British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
Change Lingerie is a global concept that launched in Denmark 1997, first as a private label brand before opening its first stand-alone retail store in Denmark in 2001.
Then known as Change of Scandinavia, the company quickly earned a loyal following due to its quality garments and a vast selection of more than 110 different sizes from A-M cup in a variety of styles.  Its mission is simple: “To provide the perfect bra to as many women around the world as possible.”
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.
Canadian woman love it! Change debuted in Canada in 2006 and now has 20 locations spanning British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. It is an ideal tenant that draws repeat traffic to its well-designed boutiques and loyal customers, who appreciate its unique collections.
Change continues to break new ground and Think Retail is honoured to work with team on this growth in Canada. Ideal spaces are 600 to 1,000 sq. ft.
For more about this dynamic brand, visit its website or contact the Think Retail Team.

Sherwin-Williams is the great retail growth story nobody is talking about

August 21, 2018

Powerhouse paint company Sherwin-Williams is a stealth retail success story worth celebrating, as the company continues its aggressive expansion across Canada.  
A household name in quality paints, Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings company in the world and its products are sold at wholesale branches, home centres, independent retailers, mass merchandisers, and through a network of more than 4,624 company-operated paint stores around the globe.
The Fortune 500 Company recently released its latest earnings report, which shows it generated US$15 billion in sales in 2017 and opened 101 stores during its most recent fiscal year. With 34.4 % total revenue growth , Sherwin-Williams earned a very impressive third place on the list of fastest-growing U.S. retailers, as compiled by eMarketerRetail—Wayfair took the number one spot (43.7% growth) and Amazon was number two (35.5% revenue growth).  Wow!
Not bad for a company with roots that go back more than 150 years: It was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1866 as Sherwin-Williams Paints and has gone from strength to strength. And, there’s even a strong Canadian connection, with Ontario-born Walter H. Cottingham becoming Sherwin-Williams’ second president in 1909: He is credited with helping grow the brand through innovation and acquisition.
While this heritage company has proven its staying power, with enviable growth stats that give the upstarts a run for their money, Sherwin-Williams isn’t slowing down and continues to expand its store footprint around the globe and here in Canada. The plan to open numerous retail stores across the country, with a strong focus on British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with this dynamic company, which boasts a Canadian annual growth rate of about 10%. Sherwin-Williams already operates more than 240 stores in communities coast to coast—48 in British Columbia, 27 in Alberta, seven in Saskatchewan, nine in Manitoba, 90 in Ontario (two opened in the last six months), 37 in Quebec (two more stores in the last six months), four in New Brunswick, two in Newfoundland, six in Nova Scotia and one in PEI.
Moving forward, ideal stores are 2,800 to 4,000 sq. ft. along high streets and in open-air centres.
For more about this iconic brand and its plans for growth in Quebec, visit the Sherwin-Williams website or contact the Think Retail team. Sherwin-Williams works with Webster Retail in Ontario and Greenwood Realty in British Columbia.