Unfortunately, we keep hearing about more and more stores that are closing permanently or filing for bankruptcy as a result of the pandemic. Due to global lockdowns and restrictions, it comes as no surprise that many retail spaces have had no other choice but to shutter doors. The up-side is that there are actually a bunch of brands that have expanded in Canada during this frustrating time. These companies have been able to open more store locations to offer more inventory.
Here are the top brands that have expanded in Canada during the pandemic in 2021.
The popular Italian fashion company, Golden Goose, will be opening its first standalone store in Canada in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The store will feature men, women, and children fashion, including sneakers, clothing, bags, and accessories.
The popular UK beauty brand Jo Malone London will open three standalone stores in Canada this year between May and June. Toronto will get two out of three stores which will be at CF Toronto Eaton Centre and at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and Vancouver will have the third at the CF Pacific Centre.
Canadian ready-to-wear designer Ellie Mae will be opening its first flagship store in Toronto this spring. Located at 1096 Yonge Street, the new 650-square-feet space will have a vintage feel, including rustic walls and vintage carpets. It will also be accompanied by Ellie Mae Café with seating outside for customers to enjoy.
The outdoor specialty retailer L.L.Bean is continuing its Canadian store expansion with a location opening this year in Halifax. The location will be in Dartmouth Crossing, with a new 15,000-square-foot store scheduled to open in mid-2021.
The chic jeweller, APM Monaco has leased three boutique spaces in Canada. The locations will be in Vancouver at CF Pacific Centre, in Calgary at CF Chinook Centre, and in Edmonton at West Edmonton Mall.
The beloved Canadian grocery store, Farm Boy has continued its expansion in Toronto as planned, despite the pandemic. The grocer’s latest store opened in the city’s downtown region, at Front St. and Bathurst. The store describes itself as a fresh market shopping experience, rivalling chains like Trader Joe’s in the US. That being said, it’s no wonder this Farm Boy location is the brand’s 36th shop.
The premium eyewear brand, Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO), opened its first Canadian location in Toronto earlier this year. This new location is actually the brand’s first store outside of the U.S.
Pür & Simple offers all-day breakfast made from deliciously fresh ingredients. The Quebec based chain has two new locations set to open this month at 9100 Jane Street in Vaughan and at the at Billy Bishop airport in Toronto.
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