List of Retailers Opening and Expanding in Canada: Part 1

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Despite reports that Canada’s economy faces challenges, homegrown and international retailers continue to expand in Canada. There is so much movement, in fact, that it can be difficult to keep track of everything that is happening. We have identified dozens of retailers growing their operations nationally and below is the first of a series with our latest updates. Many of these have not been revealed until now. 

The following is a list of 35 retailers that are either entering the Canadian market or are expanding their operations. 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.

AesopVancouver (2-3 more), Toronto (at least one more freestanding, at least one Saks Fifth Avenue concession), MontrealExpanding8+
AllSaintsToronto (CF Toronto Eaton Centre opening soon), more to followExpanding3+
Bailey Nelson EyewearAbout 45 more stores coast-to-coastExpandingAbout 50
Bass Pro ShopsTsawwassen BC (spring 2016)Expanding5+
BESTSELLERWinnipeg CF Polo Park (Spring 2016), more to followExpandingAbout 12
Chocolates X BrandonTorontoNewUnknown
David’s TeaApproximately 110 more Canadian locations across the countryExpanding~250
DSW Designer ShoesOakville, Ottawa, Halifax, Regina, Calgary under negotiationExpanding40-50 Nationally
Eileen FisherToronto (2016, details TBA), more to followExplandingUnknown
FendiVancouver (2016, details TBA), more re: Toronto to followTBATBA
Holt RenfrewMississauga Square One (spring 2016), possible 2nd Vancouver-area storeExpanding7+
Hyba by ReitmansNationwideNew/Expanding20+
IkeaPick-up Centres: Quebec City (opening Dec 2), all rest Ontario: London (opening Dec 2), 2016: St. Catherines, Windsor, Whitby,
Kitchener, more to come nationally
ExpandingUnknown (conflicting information)
Illbury + GooseToronto, Vancouver (retailer based in London, ON)Expanding3+
Jeff de Brugges50-60 Nationally, franchisedExpanding50-60
Jennifer TattanelliToronto (Yorkville site selection underway), Vancouver anticipatedNewUnknown
Jermyn Street 1664Vancouver, Edmonton,
Toronto and Montreal (Calgary CORE opened August, 2015)
Kate SpadeCalgary (now open at CF Chinook Centre), Mississauga Square One (spring 2016)Expanding10+
Kit and AceOakville ON (Dec 2015), Toronto (Briar Hill, spring 2016), Port Carling ON (summer 2016)Expanding15+
La Cure GourmandeQuebec (6-7 before 2018), Ontario (12-15
eventually), national
LaduréeVancouver (early 2016), more TBANewUnknown
Le CreusetMontreal, Halifax site searchExpanding10+
Louis VuittonToronto: Saks CF Toronto Eaton Centre, February 2016Expanding9+
M0851Toronto (seeking Bloor Street, Queen Street,
Yonge & Eglinton retail spaces)
Meinhardt Fine FoodsVancouver (Burrard Place, 2016)Expanding3+
Nations Fresh FoodsTorontoExpanding3+
NYX CosmeticsMississauga ON (Now open), Toronto (opening soon), more to follow nationallyNewUnknown
PiagetToronto: Saks CF Toronto Eaton Centre, February 2016NewUnknown
Saks OFF 5THOttawa (2), Niagara-on-the-Lake ON, Vaughan ON,
Halton Hills ON, Mirabel QC, Calgary. Edmonton & Vancouver TBA
SephoraToronto (major expansion to be revealed, new locations and existing location expansion/relocation)ExpansionUnknown
ShumakerNational Expansion, details TBANew~150 across Canada
Sporting LifeCalgary Southcentre (fall 2016) Richmond Hill ON
Hillcrest Mall (2016), Toronto 2019 (TBA), Vancouver TBA, further national
Stefano RicciVancouver (spring 2016), possible Toronto locationNew1+

Our next Peregrine-sponsored List of Retailers Opening and Expanding in Canada will be published next week. 

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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  1. Exiting stuff. Lots of new places to look forward to. Fendi will add another nice edition to Vancouver’s increasingly growing luxury retailers. Also surpised by the number of sweet/chocolate shops opening/expanding.

  2. I look after Ardene’s real estate needs – they presently have 400 stores and are looking to expand everywhere across Canada – not only expanding their existing stores but adding new ones as well. New size format varies between 8,000 – 20,000 sf depending on the market.


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