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The best coffee shop in France is now expanding in Montreal—say hello to Columbus Café & Co.

September 28, 2021

Warm, inviting and modern, the Columbus Café & Co has it all and the French concept is about to become a Montreal destination. 
Founded in France in 1994, Columbus Café & Co is known as the first coffee chain in France. The brand quickly gained momentum due to its premium coffee products, delicious menu and well designed spaces that are bright, unique and beautiful—places that you want to visit again and again for coffee with friends, a lunch or a grab and go on the way to work. 
The company kicked off its international expansion in 2001 with a site in Brussels and began franchising in 2007. With 27 years of experience and more than 200 locations under its belt, Columbus Café & Co has a winning formula that covers all customers wants, from on-premise atmosphere to a thriving retail business. Voted the best coffee-shop chain in France by Allegra Coffee Symposium, Columbus Café & Co is ready to expand in North America and debuted on Mont-Royal Avenue in Montreal in 2020. 
As a kick off, Columbus Cafe & Co. is filling the void left by many Starbucks closures, taking over former locations across Montreal. Columbus Café recently opened on Park Avenue and is getting ready to open in another former Starbucks site: The 1,500 sq. ft. café at 1370 St. Catherine W (the corner of Crescent) is scheduled to open by mid-November. Next up, Columbus just reached agreement to open in a 1,000 sq. ft. location at Carrefour Laval.
The company is on a roll and actively looking to expand further in Montreal. High-traffic street front locations are ideal, but Columbus will also consider the right fit in busy super regional malls, open-air centres and other non-conventional locations. High traffic is the key and the optimal size is 1,500 sq. ft. 
With its logo—a big-hearted, but sophisticated bear—on-point branding and fabulous sense of design and space, the Columbus Café & Co. is the perfect addition to neighbourhoods seeking a high-end coffee shop with great food and atmosphere. It doesn’t feel like a cookie cutter chain, but rather a neighbourhood staple where people can gather with friends or relax with good coffee, healthy smoothies, milkshakes, fresh juices, iced drinks and gourmet sandwiches and salads, plus an array of quality baked goods and sweet treats. 
The Think Retail team is honoured to partner with Columbus Café & Co. on its Canadian expansion here in Montreal. This is a quality organization at every level that customers will quickly fall in love with. For more information, contact the Think Retail Team.