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Chico’s announces first three Canadian store locations

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Popular American womenswear retailer Chico’s just announced its first three Canadian store locations. All three stores will open in August, with more Canadian location announcements to follow. Its first Canadian store locations will be in the suburban Toronto area.

Chico’s first three Canadian stores will be located in the following malls: 

Its Mississauga store will be 3,360 square feet, located across from Hudson’s Bay on the mall’s second level. Its Mapleview location will be roughly 3,100 square feet and will be on the mall’s lower level, between Maison Birks and White House | Black Market. Its Upper Canada Mall store will open on the mall’s second level. Both Square One and Upper Canada are managed by Oxford Properties, while Mapleview is managed by Ivanhoé Cambridge

Chico’s Canadian stores will see updated interiors based on the company’s new prototype, featuring warm tones, subtle animal prints, iconic woven entry doors, luggage details on fixtures and layers of artifacts as props. 

Chico’s was founded in 1983 in Florida. It sells private-branded clothing and accessories for women, “featuring a combination of great style with on-trend, expressive and one-of-a-kind designs to yield a wardrobe that is fashionable, unique, relaxed, figure-flattering, and comfortable,” according to a description on its parent company’s website.

Chico’s currently operates more than 600 stores and over 100 outlets across the U.S., the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Chico’s is a division of Chico’s FAS, which has already opened White House | Black Market stores in Canada, including three in the Toronto area. Both Chico’s and White House | Black Market are expected to further expand into Canada. Besides White House | Black Market and its Chico’s women’s stores, Chico’s FAS operates Soma Intimates and Boston Proper.

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Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider and President/CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton, and consultant to the Retail Council of Canada. 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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14 COMMENTS

  1. i wonder why they’d open these stores in such scummy malls.
    might as well open your flagship store in Honeydale mall

  2. Why are all the stores located in and around the same area, like there are other cities in Ontario, like Sarnia, London, Kitchener but no you put them in the basically same area I guess that puts a lot of ontario people not being able to buy your clothes unless they go on line like NOT do not trust buying on line.
    \Regards Sharon

  3. What happened to western Canada??? Cities like Calgary Alberta and Vancouver BC would
    Be good choices. Why put all stores in Ontario? The Western provinces belong to Canada as well as Ontario.

  4. Why did you not put Chicos in the Eaton Centre, where there are thousands of shoppers daily and is in central Toronto? Who does your market research? I never shop in any of those malls and I love Chicos in Florida. Disappointed . Anne.

  5. I have shopped at Chicos in Florida for many years and I really wonder why you have never put a Chicos store in Western Canada especially in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. We have the fastest growing province in Canada 🇨🇦 Wevwould love love to see a store here.

  6. Finally a clothing store for women and not teenage girls camouflaged as "wome’s" wear. LOVE the clothes and anticipate more petite fashions. Also the staff in Mapleview Mall, Burlington , Ontario are courteous never rushed,intelligent and generallydelightful….if I were looking to seel I would apply to Chicos. Thank you

    • Cross fingers the company is able to expand further into Canada — or stay for that matter. We say this because Chico’s entered Canada, and then halted plans for future stores (as have a few similar US retailers, though J.Crew is likely about to announce its exit from Canada).

  7. There are better locations, need a new marketing person/outlook.
    You probably have Canadian Chico shoppers postal code, did you research them?
    Really, are all your Canadian Chico clients from that area?
    Very disappointed😩

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