Roots has just announced that it will re-open a Roots flagship store in the former Gap Kids retail space at 80 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Roots will be about 6,500 square feet and is scheduled to open in May, 2014.
Despite receiving a press release discussing three Roots flagships, we’ve created this separate article for its new Bloor Street store since we were initially informed that Roots had leased the considerably smaller retail space across the street at 89 Bloor Street West (and not at 80 Bloor, as we now know). We’re not sure if Roots plans on opening a concept in the space or if it even intends on opening there, at all.
Holt Renfrew will replace Roots’ 100 Bloor Street location with a 15,000+ square foot men’s store.
Roots’ lease at 80 Bloor Street West will only last for a few years, however. 80 Bloor’s owner plans to eventually demolish the entire building, replacing it with about 37,000 square feet of retail space below a tall residential tower.
Established in 1973, Roots is Canada’s leading lifestyle brand known around the world for its quality leather goods, active athletic wear, yoga wear, accessories and home furnishings. Starting with a tiny store in Toronto, Roots now has more than 120 retail locations in Canada and the United States, and more than 40 in Asia. In addition, Roots has a state-of-the-art leather goods factory and design centre in Toronto.