4 International Brands Coming To Canada in 2019
It’s no secret that Canada is a highly attractive market for international retailers. Every year we see dozens of new brands expanding to Canada in hopes of capturing the fast-growing and competitive new market.
And even though 2018 wasn’t the most successful year, with many local and international retailers filing for bankruptcy and closing their stores for good, there are still plenty of highly-anticipated bricks-and-mortar store openings waiting for us in 2019.
From restaurants to retail stores, below you will find some of the most anticipated international retailers that will be opening stores in Canada this year.
Italian food concept Eataly represents a lively open-concept European market where visitors can shop, taste, and learn about high-quality Italian food at fair prices. Eataly will be offering everything from everyday groceries, cured meats, a selection of homemade cheeses to cooking workshops and in-shop eateries. As we reported earlier, Eataly will be a part of a $100 million Manulife Centre expansion and will span 50,000 square feet, and is slated to open some time in 2019. Founded by Italian Native, Oscar Farinetti, the first location was opened in Torino, Italy in 2007. Currently, there are Eataly outposts in such countries as Japan, China, and America, with locations opening in Australia, England, and more.
If you’re a fan of breaded chicken sandwiches and chicken in general, this news is for you! Last year the iconic American restaurant chain Chick-fil-A announced plans to open more than a dozen restaurants in Canada over the next few years and we couldn’t be more excited. The first Toronto location is set to open in the GTA this year. At the moment the company operates more than 2,300 restaurants in the United States. The very first Canadian Chick-fil-A restaurant is located at the Calgary International Airport.
This American company that specializes in clothing and outdoor recreation equipment was launched in 1912 in Freeport, Maine. The company started with just one product: their famous Maine Hunting Shoe (also known as Bean Boots). While there are no standalone L.L. Bean stores in Canada yet, the brand already launched a Canadian e-commerce site and is currently selling its products at 24 Canadian retailers including Sporting Life, Hudson’s Bay, MEC, and SportChek. Fans should keep their eyes peeled though — last year, the brand announced that a store will be opening in the Toronto area some time in 2019.
Innisfree is an all-natural cosmetic brand based in South Korea with over hundreds of stores across the globe, which promotes 33 health, beauty, and personal brands. The company’s concept is “Clean Island, where clean nature and healthy beauty coexist happily,” that’s why Innisfree uses 80% natural ingredients, and the best part is — all their products are fairly affordable, ranging from $20-$30. Lower prices allow the brand to grow quicker and appeal to a wider range of consumers. The brand also supports green activities with reforestation and recycling projects by donating 1% of their profits to eco programs. Retail-Insider reports that the brand is looking to launch in Canada soon, though no exact date has been released yet.
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