Vancouver-based women’s fashion retailer Aritzia has opened a renovated and expanded location at CF Markville in Markham, north of Toronto.
The original Markville store opened in 2013 in a 4,707 square foot space. The expansion effectively triples the footprint for the retailer, adding in an A-OK Cafe and more than 10,000 square feet to the location.
“Expanding in our already existing markets provides us with a runway to continue to connect with our clients,” shared Karen Janes, Executive Vice President, Real Estate & New Business Development. “The expansion of our A-OK Cafe further provides Aritzia’s commitment to an elevated shopping experience and Everyday Luxury alongside our engaging service, beautiful product and aspirational shopping space.”
The now 15,102 square foot location includes an A-OK Café, the in-house coffee shop which brings a curated menu of gourmet drinks and locally baked goods. In a first-to-market concept, the Markville location saw an expanded menu that includes alcohol.
“Markville clients will also be the first to sample the newly expanded menu which offers a selection of alcohol including wine, beer and cocktails, and small plates featuring paté, burrata and olives. A-OK Cafe further proves Aritzia’s commitment to an elevated shopping experience and Everyday Luxury,” shared the brand.
The in-house coffee shop at the Markville Aritzia gives customers a curated menu of gourmet drinks and locally baked goods. Beverage highlights include micro-ground teas, specialty iced beverages and espresso made with their signature A-OK roast.
Aritzia has 112 stores, with 68 permanent locations in Canada and 44 in the US.
Janes shared with Retail Insider during the Yorkdale store expansion announcement that Aritzia has 6 total planned openings for the rest of 2022: 3 expansions: (1) CF Markville, Markham, ON (2) CF Polo Park, Winnipeg, MB (3) Washington Square, Portland, OR and 3 new boutiques: (1) Standford in Palo Alto, CA (2) Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Chicago, IL (3) Shops at La Cantera, San Antonio, TX.
“With every expansion and opening, our goal is to provide our clients with an aspirational environment. Many of the elements and design ideas will be integrated in future boutiques in an organic way,” explained Janes.
The retailer describes itself as a design house with an innovative global platform.
“We are creators and purveyors of Everyday Luxury, home to an extensive portfolio of exclusive brands for every function and individual aesthetic. We’re about good design, quality materials and timeless style – all with the wellbeing of our People and Planet in mind,” added Janes.
“Founded in 1984, in Vancouver, Canada, our world-class team creates immersive, and highly personal shopping experiences in our 100+ boutiques throughout North America and at aritzia.com to everyone, everywhere.”