List of Retailers Opening and Expanding in Canada: Part 2

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This is the second part to last week’s list of retailers opening and expanding in Canada. We’re seeing remarkable growth in both new retailers entering the country as well as those expanding existing operations, despite reports of a softening economy. The list below is by no means comprehensive, and many of those listed below have not been revealed to the general public until now. 

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

Arctic Canadian Diamond2+ Vancouver locations soughtExpanding4+
Arhaus FurnitureNationwide ExpansionNewUnknown
AquascutumToronto 2017 launch, then Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa anticipatedNewTBD
Asian Food CentreMississauga, Brampton ON site selectionExpanding10+
Bizou3-5 for 2016, 150+ Canada-wide long-termExpanding250-300
BonLookMontreal now open, national expansion anticipatedExpandingTBD
Browns Shoes/B2 by BrownsBetween 8-10 in 2016, 4-6 each in 2017-2020Expanding80+
Cabela’sOttawa (Spring 2016), Abbotsford BC (fall 2016), Halifax 2017, 12+,Expanding12+
of Scandinavia
Looking for central Toronto and Montreal locationsExpanding15+
FonelabOntario expansion (currently operates 3 GTA locations)ExpandingUnknow
Gerry WeberContinued Canadian expansion in better malls.Expanding15+, including 4 franchises
GNC22 Canadian locations in 2016.ExpandingOver 200
HatleyCanadian Expansion, details TBAExpanding15+
KohlerSeeking 1st Canadian store location in TorontoNewUnknown
Links of LondonCF Sherway Gardens (Toronto) freestanding — spring 2016, Square One (Mississauga) Holt Renfrew concession — spring 2016.Expanding8+
LUMAS GalleriesMontreal, Calgary (already open in Toronto & Vancouver)Expanding6+
Marc CainToronto (Eaton Centre) and Mississauga (Square One) in early 2016 (locations now open
Montreal, Ste-Foy, Calgary), more TBA
Mastermind ToysAggressive national expansion ongoingExpanding~75
MECCalgary (spring 2016), Kelowna BC (spring 2016), Toronto
(North York, summer 2016), Toronto (downtown replacement location, Queen Street West,
fall 2017)
MerrellNational Expansion in 2016, 2 locations now openExpandingUnknown
Michael Hill Jewellers6 locations in 2016, 6 locations in 2017Expanding80 by 2018, final target of 110 stores
Mint AccessoriesVaughan Mills (Ontario) 2016, Montreal, national expansion anticipatedExpandingUknown
Mountain WarehouseBurnaby BC (Metropolis at Metrotown now open), national expansion ongoingExpanding15+
NordstromToronto (CF Eaton Centre, Yorkdale fall 2016, CF Sherway Gardens spring 2017), Edmonton possibly.Expanding7-10
Nordstrom RackToronto (speculated: One Bloor East), Other locations to be revealed when confirmed.NewApproximately 20
Perfumes 4 UNational Expansion (4 now open in Ontario and Quebec)ExpandingUnknown
Plato’s ClosetNational expansion including Ontario, Saskatchewan, ManitobaExpandingUnknown
Pusateri’s Fine FoodsToronto (Avenue Road replacement 2016), Oakville ON (early-mid 2016), at Saks CF Eaton Centre Queen Street, Saks CF Sherway Gardens, both February 2016)ExpandingTBA
ReissToronto (now open), Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, other markets expected.ExpandingUknown
RudsakCalgary (CF Market Mall, now open), Ontario, Quebec, looking to open 20-25 more locations nationwide.Expanding50+
Saje Natural WellnessToronto, Halifax, Edmonton, Tssawwassen BC, other markets (aggressive expansion).Expanding50 by 2018
SephoraMajor 2016 Toronto/GTA expansion TBA (new locations/replacement/store expansions)ExpandingTBA
SHOO by Steve MaddenToronto (now open), national expansion anticipatedExpandingTBA
Urban BarnDowntown Toronto location sought, recently opened 2 Quebec locations, national expansion.Expanding70+
UniqloToronto (CF Eaton Centre, Yorkdale both opening fall 2016), Vancouver and other markets to followNewUnknown

Our next Peregrine-sponsored List of Retailers Opening and Expanding in Canada will be published early next month. We’ll also discuss what new retailers entered Canada in 2015. 

In early 2016, the University of Alberta School of Retailing’s Department of Applied Research will release a study revealing and discussing new brands confirmed to be entering Canada. We’ll   discuss the study once released. The research department is also available for hire, for companies/entities looking to conduct retail industry research. 

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. US discount shoe retailer Famous Footwear is opening their first location in West Edmonton Mall in the Sears wing (signs up and almost complete) and Whole Foods has taken the old Canadian Tire location at South Park in Edmonton..

    • Thank you, John — good to see you’re in Edmonton as well. We’ll be reporting separately on Famous Footwear in January, so we held off putting it on this list. Remarkably, Famous Footwear wants to open about 100 Canadian stores.

      City of Edmonton has formally approved the Whole Foods permit, and the retailer will likely announce one or two more Edmonton stores in the next while — we can confirm one more location, and third was recently in negotiations.


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