Popular off-price multi-brand American footwear retailer DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse has revealed six new Canadian locations, all scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Two of these will be first-to-market locations in the Vancouver area. After they all open, DSW will operate 23 Canadian stores, well on its way to a goal of between 40 to 50 Canadian locations.
DSW is also in the process of opening four other Canadian locations this spring, with a Regina location set to open on April 14.
The six new stores will average about 20,000 square feet and will be located in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario:
-South Park Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
-Meadowlands Power Centre, Ancaster, Ontario
-Vaughan Mills, Vaughan, Ontario
-Tsawwassen Mills, Tsawwassen (South Delta), British Columbia
-3091 Appleby Line, Unit B, Burlington, Ontario
-Central At Garden City, Richmond, British Columbia
The Vancouver-Lower Mainland will see its first two DSW locations as part of this expansion (Tsawwassen and Richmond), and the Ancaster and Burlington stores will both serve the Hamilton area in Southern Ontario. The Edmonton store will be a third for Northern Alberta, following the opening of DSW stores at West Edmonton Mall and Sherwood Park Mall last year.
DSW's first Canadian locations opened on August 7 of 2014, in the Greater Toronto Area. In December of 2014, DSW announced a new Whitby, ON location as well as its first for Western Canada. DSW also sells online, and its Canadian e-commerce site launched in the winter of 2014.
As DSW continues to expand across Canada, it is ideally seeking Canadian retail space in the 18,000 to 24,000 square foot range. Each Canadian DSW store will have over 22,000 pairs of shoes, as well as an extensive selection of handbags and accessories. DSW is extremely popular in the United States with over 470 locations in that country. Its name indicates its business model - it sells designer shoes at discounted prices. The company has hundreds of millions in cash and no debt.