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Brief: Ren’s Pets Opening Urban Concept Store, Point Zero Shuts Downtown Montreal Location

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The following is a Brief featuring several Bulletins recently run in Retail Insider. Retail Insider will periodically put out breaking news in Bulletin format to break stories that we otherwise may not run as full editorials. Here’s the first segment of our new format.

To read the full bulletin for each topic, click the linked title next to each number.

Impact Kitchen in Liberty Village – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Impact Kitchen, a Toronto-based healthy fast-casual brand will be expanding their footprint in the city with their fifth location, which is confirmed to be opening in Liberty Village this summer.

Retail Insider reported on the expansion of the brand’s second location to 444 Adelaide Street West (King West) back in 2018, with subsequent openings at 1222 Yonge Street (at Summerhill) and 88 Queens Quay West by the Waterfront. This joins the original location at 573 King Street East (Corktown), which opened in 2015.

The new cafe will be located at 99 Atlantic, which is the corner of Liberty Street and Atlantic Avenue. The Kevric-owned building broke ground in 2018 and has seen their 8-story availability fully-leased, including offices for Red BullColliers International is the leasing partner for this property.

Peace Collective Future Location at 7 Trinity in the Distillery District – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Retail Insider has confirmed that Toronto-based Peace Collective will be opening a flagship location in The Historic Distillery District in Toronto.

The clothing brand shuttered its long-term Ossington location on June 13th, in which the retailer had called home since 2016.

The Distillery District location will be taking over the former Desigual location at 7 Trinity Street. Retail Insider covered Desigual back in 2014 to discuss its Canadian expansion, which saw the brand open at West Edmonton Mall, Premium Outlets Montreal and Bayshore in Ottawa in partnership with J.Michaels. Fast forward to the retail climate of 2021 and a lease expiry, 7 Trinity became available.

DAUB South Granville (Ashley Drody Photography)

Founded in 2010, Canadian designer DAUB + Design has ventured into the world of brick & mortar with a 766 square foot location at 3012 Granville Street.

The experiential retail space will bring together online trends with a location that will showcase more than a dozen brands, in addition to the small-batch activewear that DAUB is known for.

Ren’s Pets Interior in Liberty Village – Photo: Ren’s Pets

Ontario-based Ren’s Pets will be launching its first Urban Concept store in Liberty Village when it opens this September in a 5,500 square foot location at 99 Atlantic Avenue. Their neighbours were announced last week, when Retail Insider shared that Impact Kitchen was opening their 5th location in the fall.

The 36th location of Ren’s will be a completely new style of store for the brand, as they are able to bring the lessons learned over the last 14-months of a pandemic customer base into a brick-and-mortar location.

Rabba Fine Foods at Yonge & Rich Condo – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Toronto-based Rabba Fine Foods will be opening a new location in the podium of the Yonge & Rich Condo, a 46-storey development which is nearing completion at the corner of Richmond St and Victoria St in downtown Toronto.

Retail Insider covered the announcement of the 35th Rabba Fine Foods back in December 2020, which will be opening in Regent Park this year. That location is unique as it is a partnership between Paramount Fine Foods and Rabba.

Point Zero at 1119 Sainte-Catherine St. W
Point Zero at 1119 Sainte-Catherine St. W (Photo: Maxime Frechette)

We will be following this story, as the company was featured in Retail Insider back in December of 2020 to discuss their growth plans for a post-pandemic environment. Point Zero is seeing bullish growth and has ample funding under its owner.

The image was captured by Montreal Correspondent Maxime Frechette on June 23rd, 2021. Maxime’s photos were featured in the March 2021 Photo Tour of Sainte-Catherine Street.

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