List of Retailers Opening and Expanding in Canada: Part 2

Photo: Uniqlo

Photo: Uniqlo

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 Diamond 2+ Vancouver locations sought Expanding 4+
Arhaus Furniture Nationwide Expansion New Unknown
Aquascutum Toronto 2017 launch, then Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa anticipated New TBD
Asian Food Centre Mississauga, Brampton ON site selection Expanding 10+
Bizou 3-5 for 2016, 150+ Canada-wide long-term Expanding 250-300
BonLook Montreal now open, national expansion anticipated Expanding TBD
Browns Shoes/B2 by Browns Between 8-10 in 2016, 4-6 each in 2017-2020 Expanding 80+
Cabela's Ottawa (Spring 2016), Abbotsford BC (fall 2016), Halifax 2017, 12+, Expanding 12+
of Scandinavia
Looking for central Toronto and Montreal locations Expanding 15+
Fonelab Ontario expansion (currently operates 3 GTA locations) Expanding Unknow
Gerry Weber Continued Canadian expansion in better malls. Expanding 15+, including 4 franchises
GNC 22 Canadian locations in 2016. Expanding Over 200
Hatley Canadian Expansion, details TBA Expanding 15+
Kohler Seeking 1st Canadian store location in Toronto New Unknown
Links of London CF Sherway Gardens (Toronto) freestanding -- spring 2016, Square One (Mississauga) Holt Renfrew concession -- spring 2016. Expanding 8+
LUMAS Galleries Montreal, Calgary (already open in Toronto & Vancouver) Expanding 6+
Marc Cain Toronto (Eaton Centre) and Mississauga (Square One) in early 2016 (locations now open
Montreal, Ste-Foy, Calgary), more TBA
Expanding Unknown
Mastermind Toys Aggressive national expansion ongoing Expanding ~75
MEC Calgary (spring 2016), Kelowna BC (spring 2016), Toronto
(North York, summer 2016), Toronto (downtown replacement location, Queen Street West,
fall 2017)
Expanding 20+
Merrell National Expansion in 2016, 2 locations now open Expanding Unknown
Michael Hill Jewellers 6 locations in 2016, 6 locations in 2017 Expanding 80 by 2018, final target of 110 stores
Mint Accessories Vaughan Mills (Ontario) 2016, Montreal, national expansion anticipated Expanding Uknown
Mountain Warehouse Burnaby BC (Metropolis at Metrotown now open), national expansion ongoing Expanding 15+
Nordstrom Toronto (CF Eaton Centre, Yorkdale fall 2016, CF Sherway Gardens spring 2017), Edmonton possibly. Expanding 7-10
Nordstrom Rack Toronto (speculated: One Bloor East), Other locations to be revealed when confirmed. New Approximately 20
Perfumes 4 U National Expansion (4 now open in Ontario and Quebec) Expanding Unknown
Plato's Closet National expansion including Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba Expanding Unknown
Pusateri’s Fine Foods Toronto (Avenue Road replacement 2016), Oakville ON (early-mid 2016), at Saks CF Eaton Centre Queen Street, Saks CF Sherway Gardens, both February 2016) Expanding TBA
Reiss Toronto (now open), Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, other markets expected. Expanding Uknown
Rudsak Calgary (CF Market Mall, now open), Ontario, Quebec, looking to open 20-25 more locations nationwide. Expanding 50+
Saje Natural Wellness Toronto, Halifax, Edmonton, Tssawwassen BC, other markets (aggressive expansion). Expanding 50 by 2018
Sephora Major 2016 Toronto/GTA expansion TBA (new locations/replacement/store expansions) Expanding TBA
SHOO by Steve Madden Toronto (now open), national expansion anticipated Expanding TBA
Urban Barn Downtown Toronto location sought, recently opened 2 Quebec locations, national expansion. Expanding 70+
Uniqlo Toronto (CF Eaton Centre, Yorkdale both opening fall 2016), Vancouver and other markets to follow New Unknown

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. 

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web: December 15, 2015