Since the demise of Target in Canada, it’s obvious that the retail landscape here is a bit tricky to navigate for US brands (let alone for struggling Canadian retailers). The difficulty lies in creating unique retail experiences, understanding the customer and entering the market with ease (a la Nordstrom).
Canadian shoppers are hungry for popular American brands with store experiences and product selections that would save us from making shopping trips across the border. From beauty to apparel to food, keep reading for the top five retailers we want to open in Canada (like right now).
Every Canadian beauty lover craves the HUGE selection of cosmetics, skincare and haircare brands available at ULTA Beauty stores. As Canadians, if we have to watch another YouTube beauty vlogger dump out a shopping bag full of ULTA products that we can’t purchase here, we may just scream! Luckily we can shop the beauty mecca online, but ULTA Beauty stores need to come to Canada ASAP.
Every curvy girl will tell you that the selection of plus size apparel brands in Canada is few and far between. Lane Bryant’s selection of plus size fashions for women (sizes 14 to 28,) is desperately needed in Canada! Not only do we admire Lane Bryant for her amazing fit, but the selection of trendy ladies apparel from activewear to intimidates surpasses the selection Canadians are used to. But until (and if,) it opens in Canada, you can shop the beloved retailer online.
You don’t know Eataly until you’ve experienced it. Period. This retailer/restaurant is a mecca for Italian cuisine, offering an indescribable experience for the senses. Venture throughout an Eataly location to pick up fresh produce in one corner and a sit down gourmet meal in another. Wine? Dessert? Pots and Pans? Eataly has it all. Fortunately, this restaurant/retailer is confirmed to be opening in Toronto in 2019 and we can’t wait!
Trader Joe’s is like no other grocery store experience (they had us at the tiki displays and Hawaiian shirts). Canadians long to experience the joy that is walking into a Trader Joe’s store to discover new, bizarre (but genius,) products that are tempting AF with catchy names and packaging. Please Trader Joe’s, on behalf of all Canadians, set-up shop here so that we can enjoy your unique products too!
Canadians are craving a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar, literally. A Dylan’s Candy Bar experience is like a visit to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with the largest selection of candy and candy-related gifts ever! Dylan’s Candy Bar is filled with every nostalgic brand of candy, candy inspired merchandise and limited edition flavours from your favourite brands.
Which retailers do you wish would open up shop in Canada? Leave a comment down below.
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