Muji’s first Canadian store will open November 29, 2014 at Toronto’s Atrium on Bay. Urban Toronto‘s ACT7 forwarded us information from the City of Toronto Building Status Application website, indicating that Muji will locate in space C-03 on the ground floor of the retail complex. Atrium’s leasing manager was away on vacation last week, so we’re awaiting details on which space Muji will occupy in the mall. We initially expected that Muji would replace apparel brand Guess, which recently vacated its multi-level space with a municipal address of 306 Yonge Street. Urban Toronto’s soundmuseum, however, notes that new signage indicates that a pop-up Halloween-themed retailer will move into Guess’ space, at least until the end of October. Unless Muji can build its store between the first week of November and some time in December, Muji may actually end up locating in a vacant retail space with Dundas Street frontage, as per the floor plan below.
We’re awaiting details of the locations of two more Toronto Muji stores, which are expected to open by the end of 2015. We’re told that Muji locations will open across Canada soon after. Interestingly, Muji isn’t using a Canadian brokerage to secure Canadian retail space. Rather, the retailer is coordinating securing its own Canadian leases. This is according to Uniqlo‘s Canadian broker, who we initially expected was involved with Muji’s Canadian expansion. Read the full article on Retail-Insider.com.