Aritzia looking to open stores in Saskatchewan

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Vancouver-based womenswear retailer Aritizia is looking to open stores in Saskatchewan. A source tells us that the company is working with Avison Young to help locate retail space. Saskatchewan had Canada’s highest retail sales growth in the first quarter of 2014.

Aritzia stores tend to locate in high-traffic areas. We would therefore expect Aritzia to consider retail space at Saskatoon’s Midtown Plaza, as well as at Regina’s Cornwall Centre. Both are downtown malls. Saskatchewan has seen exceptional retail sales growth with a 4.5% gain in February of this year over last. 

Aritzia has over 60 stores across North America, including Canadian locations in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, London ON, Whistler and Montreal. In the United States, the company has stores in larger cities including Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Detroit, Portland and Dallas. In the fall of 2012, the company opened a 13,000 square foot flagship on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. 

Artizia targets women in the 14-30 age range. Stores primarily carry the company’s exclusive brands which include Wilfred, Wilfred Free, Le Fou by Wilfred, TNA, TNAction, Babaton, Talula, A Moveable Feast, Community, La Notte, and Roving. It also stocks several trendy labels not exclusive to Aritzia. 

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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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