BRIEF: Le Creuset Expansion, SAQ to Open Luxury Liquor Location

By Helen Siwak, Retail Insider Brief Editor

Le Creuset – PHOTO: RITCHIE PO

Le Creuset Continues Canadian Store Expansion with CF Richmond Store: French cookware brand Le Creuset has opened a bright new store at CF Richmond Centre in suburban Vancouver. The 900-square-foot boutique is strategically located across from the mall’s recently-opened Uniqlo store, next to the mall’s Hugo Boss location. CF Richmond Centre is one of Canada’s most productive shopping centres in terms of sales per square foot, and an upcoming Retail Council of Canada Shopping Centre Study will reveal that the mall has surpassed $1,000/per-square-foot annually in revenue for the first time. 

On opening day Saturday, signage was in both English and Chinese — Retail Insider’s Ritchie Po, who attended the opening, took the photos for this article. 

CF Richmond Centre is Le Creuset’s second store in British Columbia. The other opened in June 2016 on Vancouver’s tony South Granville strip at 2997 Granville Street. That store remains the largest in the country at about 2,000-square-feet. 

The CF Richmond Centre store is the company’s 12th in Canada. Le Creuset continues to target select markets, including Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal and it plans to open one or two new boutiques in 2019. Ideal spaces are between 750 and 1,250-square-feet, located on high streets and in super regional malls.

Le Creuset is represented in Canada by Tony Flanz of brokerage Think Retail, and Mr. Flanz negotiated the CF Richmond Centre deal with landlord Cadillac Fairview. 

Founded in Northern France in 1925, Le Creuset is best known for its colourfully-enameled cast-iron cookware. In Canada, Le Creuset is the number one bridal registry brand, and it’s consistently rated the number one or two cookware supplier to all of the company’s trading partners. It has more than 250 international mono-brand stores in 25 countries, and is distributed in about 30 countries worldwide.

PHOTO: UNIQLO INSTAGRAM

Uniqlo Opens at Vaughan Mills: Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo is picking up the pace with its Canadian expansion with plans to open four stores this fall.

Crowds gathered at Vaughan Mills, just north of Toronto, on Friday and over the weekend for the opening of Uniqlo’s 28,150-square-foot store. On October 12, Uniqlo will open an 18,560-square-foot at CF Markville in Markham (north of Toronto) and a 19,850-square foot store will open at Mississauga’s Square One shopping centre towards the end of this year. A store opened on September 14 at Coquitlam Centre in suburban Vancouver.

That takes Uniqlo’s Canadian store count to nine, with plans for as many as 100 locations in the coming years. Given that Uniqlo’s Canadian stores are currently only in the Greater Toronto Area and in the British Columbia Lower Mainland, there’s plenty of room for more.

Jeff Berkowitz of Aurora Realty Consultants represents Uniqlo as broker in Canada.

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