Judith & Charles Store Steps onto the Street with New Store in Downtown Ottawa

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Montreal-based women’s fashion brand Judith & Charles is embracing street-front retail again with a move of its Ottawa location from CF Rideau Centre to a nearby space at 493 Sussex Drive. The store is in a beautiful area that is a short walk from the popular Byward Market. 

Prior to 2014, the retailer only operated in enclosed shopping centres. The move to open street front locations for Judith & Charles picked up in 2018 when stores opened on Rue de la Montagne in Montreal and on Granville Street in Vancouver. The first streetfront location for the brand was in Vancouver’s Kitsilano area on W. 4th Avenue in 2014. 

Judith & Charles currently operates 10 Canadian store locations. Of those, two are in Vancouver, three are in Toronto, two are in Montreal, and the cities of Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax each have one store location. Stores are mixed in downtown cores and in suburban malls.

Founded in 1975 in Paris, the Judith & Charles brand was originally named Teenflo. In 1990, Judith Richardson and Charles Le Pierrès bought the brand, moving its headquarters to Montreal. In 2008, Teenflo was renamed ‘Judith & Charles’. Priced as a ‘contemporary’ brand, it is best known for its Italian yarns, exceptional fit and minimalistic styling, and locally-based craftsmanship.

Judith & Charles at CF Rideau Centre (August 2021)

Judith & Charles at CF Rideau Centre
Judith & Charles at CF Rideau Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs
Judith & Charles at CF Rideau Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs
Judith & Charles at CF Rideau Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs
Judith & Charles at CF Rideau Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs
Judith & Charles at CF Rideau Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs
Judith & Charles at CF Rideau Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Street Photos from the Pre-Opening Judith & Charles on Sussex Drive (August 2021)

Construction Hoarding of Judith & Charles at 493 Sussex Dr in Ottawa
Construction Hoarding of Judith & Charles at 493 Sussex Dr in Ottawa – Photo by Dustin Fuhs
Construction Hoarding of Judith & Charles at 493 Sussex Dr in Ottawa – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Article Author

Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Publisher & CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Advisor at the University of Alberta School Centre for Cities and Communities in Edmonton, former lawyer and a public speaker. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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