List of Retailers Opening and Expanding in Canada: June 2015

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The following is a list of 37 retailers which are either new to Canada, or expanding their operations nationally. Although some of these retailers have recently been discussed in Retail Insider, many are new and haven’t been mentioned until now.

The list is sponsored by Vancouver-based Peregrine, which custom designs and fabricates retail, display, furniture and architectural features for some of the country’s top retailers.

American Girl (at Indigo)Edmonton (West Edmonton Mall), Calgary (Chinook Centre), Toronto Eaton Centre, Vancouver (replacement, Granville St.) – all fall 2015.Expanding6, eventually 10-15 locations.
Brunello CucinelliVancouver (late 2015/early 2016, article to follow), Toronto site search ongoing.New2+
Canadian TireEdmonton, Courtney B.C, Victoria B.C., Vernon B.C., Cranbrook B.C., Winnipeg, Sudbury. ON, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Rimouski, Aurora ON. (former Target locations)Expanding500+
ChanelVancouver (details TBA)Expanding7+
Christian Dior (flagship)Vancouver (summer 2015), Toronto (2016, article w/details to follow)New2+
East Coast LifestyleHalifaxNewUnknown
EatalyToronto (Bloor-Yorkvlile w/details TBA, 2016-17), possibly Vancouver & MontrealNewUnknown
Esteé Lauder OutletVancouver (McArthurGlen Premium Outlet) summer 2015NewUnknown
Granville Island Toy CompanyVancouverExpanding3+
Hillberg & BerkSaskatoon, Edmonton (2) national expansion planned.Expanding4+
IKEAQuebec City, London ON (‘pick-up’ locations), opening late 2015Expanding14, up to 22 expected
iStoreEdmonton (West Edmonton Mall), Toronto (Scarborough Town Centre) – both opening this year, more locations to follow.Expanding3, eventual total unknown
Italian Centre ShopCalgary (2?), possibly Red Deer AB, Grande Prairie, AB, and SaskatchewanExpanding8+
Kate SpadeVancouver (Pacific Centre, June 2015), Calgary (Chinook Centre, date TBA)Expanding7+
Kit and AceVictoria (most recent announcement), Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Halifax, possibly Kelowna – all opening by early 2016Expanding15+
KitonToronto (Yorkville, now open), Vancouver (Harry Rosen Pacific Centre shop-in-store, fall 2015)New2+
LEGO StoreWinnipeg (Polo Park)Expanding11+
LodingToronto (Sherway Gardens), possibly Montreal/national expansionExpandingUnknown
LolëMontreal flagship, national expansionExpanding30-40
Lowe’sVictoria, Toronto, Ottawa, Abbotsford B.C., Burlington ON, Calgary, Regina, Nanaimo B.C., Prince George B.C., Milton ON.Expanding50, eventually 100-120 locations
MonclerVancouver (700 block Thurlow Street) fall 2015Expanding2+
Mark’sEdmonton flagship (fall 2015), about 5 new stores per yearExpanding385+
Marshall’sCanada-wideExpandingAbout 100
Mastermind ToysAlberta, Ontario, Manitoba, eventually Saskatchewan & Maritimes, 10-11 this yearExpandingUnknown
OSKAToronto and Montreal, adding to existing Calgary and Vancouver storesExpanding4+
Overwaitea40 locations in Western Canada over the next 5 to 7 yearsExpandingUnknown
Pottery Barn KidsCalgary (now open)Expanding5, however Toronto Bloor St. will close
Ron White ShoesToronto (Leaside-Bayview Avenue, now open)Expanding5+
Saje Natural Wellness12-15 stores per yearExpandingabout 50
Saks Off 5thOttawa, Vaughan ON, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON (all spring 2016)Newup to 25
SkullcandySeeking outlet centre locations in B.C., AB, ONNewup to 12 in 3 years
StrellsonVancouver (1100 block Alberni St., fall 2015), Toronto Bayview Village (replacement), 2016: Toronto Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Nordstrom wing), Ottawa Rideau Centre (Simons wing)ExpandingUnknown
Ted BakerVancouver (Pacific Centre, June 2015), Toronto (Sherway Gardens, date unknown)Expanding5+
UNOde50Toronto (Toronto Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens) both opening fall 2015NewUnknown
VERSACEVancouver (Downtown, late 2015/early 2016, watch for a detailed article on Retail Insider next week)Expanding5 estimated
WalmartDelta B.C., Coquitlam B.C., Surrey B.C., Maple Ridge B.C., Winnipeg, Guelph ON, Ottawa, St Catherines ON, Candiac, QC, Pointe Claire, QC, Levis, QC, Quebec City, QC, Cornwall, ON.Expandingover 400
WinnersSalmon Arm, B.C., others to followExpanding400+


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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