Through the past couple of years, we’ve seen many brands, both big and small, shutter doors. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to beloved labels, but on the flip side, there are actually a bunch of brands that have expanded. Whether that may be a larger online presence or entering Canada for the very first time, we are welcoming these brands’ expansion plans with open arms!
Here are the top brands that have expansion plans for Canada in 2022.
According to Retail Insider, sources have revealed to them that Alo Yoga will be opening up its very own flagship store at 60 Bloor Street West. This expansion for Alo Yoga is huge. It will be the very first time that the brand is opening up its very own store in Canada. Although Canadians haven’t had the chance to shop at an actual Alo Yoga store just yet, the athleticwear label is available for purchase at its own site, Hudson’s Bay, Sport Chek, and Nordstrom.
Acne Studios is going to have its very first Canadian physical store in Toronto. Retail Insider says it will make its mark right in Yorkdale Mall in the luxury wing this Spring. Currently, the only spot where Canadians have been able to check out the product in person is at Nordstrom. The brand currently operates locations all across the world which include stores in the UK, China, Belgium, Australia, USA, the Middle East, and more.
Finally, we can now visit a Carlo’s Bake Shop location in Canada! The beloved Cake Boss bakery opened its very first Canadian location. Originally supposed to open last spring, the new Carlo’s Bake Shop is situated at 167 Lakeshore Road West in Port Credit. Canadians got their first taste of Cake Boss when Carlo’s Bakery began offering delivery in June 2020, as well as a handful of ‘Cake Boss’ ATMs that popped up in Toronto and Mississauga. Plus, the first downtown location will open this summer 2022 at 24 Bellair Street in Yorkville.
As of February 11th, the highly anticipated downtown Toronto Chick-fil-A location is open! You can now head on over to 336 Queen Street West for some delicious chicken and waffle fries. The new Chick-fil-A will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Order takeout or dine-in, whichever you prefer, plus, a third-party delivery service will be available shortly.
Get ready to enjoy even more delicious food in downtown Toronto! Kettlemans Bagel has opened up its sixth location in Canada. The spot is situated at 33 Bathurst Street and is the second Kettlemans to open in the city.
Meet Dispatch Coffee at 390 Bay Street, the newest spot to sip sustainably sourced coffee, and the first to ever open in Toronto. Each responsibly-sourced cup of coffee reinforces a positive social and environmental impact because Dispatch is committed to the unwavering belief that your daily brew can be better: fairer for farmers and more delicious, affordable, and transparent for customers.
Farm Boy is still making moves around the city! The grocer is now expanding into another spot in Toronto. The new Farm Boy location will be opening at 81 St. Clair Avenue East and is set to operate by the Fall of this year.
Ganni will enter Canada with the physical store for the first time this year and is headed for Yorkdale Mall. According to Retail Insider, there will probably be a lot more Ganni shops in the near future since the brand has established partnerships with Hudson’s Bay and Holt Renfrew before the pandemic. You may have even noticed the assortment of the brand’s pieces while scrolling on the HBC site where you can shop Ganni without paying duties!
The Toronto-based swimwear brand, Bather, is now opening its flagship store at 450 Dufferin Street. It’ll open its doors on May 13 with a wonderful selection of swimwear, shirts, sweaters, accessories, housewares, and more.
Topshop has re-entered Canada, but with the help of another major retailer—Nordstrom. All locations in the country will offer both Topshop and Topman fashion, as well as on Nordstrom.ca. Say goodbye to paying extra shipping duties!
Downtown Toronto now has its very first IKEA location. That’s right, now you don’t have to travel outside the city to browse affordable furniture and snack on Swedish meatballs. It’s situated on the first two floors of the Aurora Shopping Centre, 382 Yonge Street. In a small store format, it offers the classic IKEA experience we all know and love plus innovative ways to shop and a new food concept.
Roots has officially relaunched its Beaver Canoe collection. The beloved clothing line stopped being sold back in 2013 when the partnership with Target Canada ended. There’s currently a handful of apparel and accessories for men, women, and kids to shop with the retro logo. Check it out here!
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