Australia-based women’s fashion brand Ever New is expanding its presence in the Canadian market, with two new stores opening in the Greater Toronto Area this spring.
Read the full article on Ever New at Retail Insider.
Start counting the hours. A U.S. retailer specializing in fashionable, brand name watches is preparing to open its first Canadian store at Vaughan Mills shopping centre.
Texas-based Watch Station International, which operates about 20 locations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, is aiming to launch the new store on June 1st.
The Watch Station chain is owned by popular watch brand and retailer Fossil, Inc. In addition to Fossil’s own watches, the stores carry such brands as Michael Kors, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Emporio Armani, DKNY, Burberry and Diesel.
It will be nice to have a new destination for watches in the GTA. Aside from department stores like The Bay – where there are often too few staff members available to assist shoppers – there aren’t too many stores carrying a good selection of watch brands.
The new store at Vaughan Mills will be situated near the mall’s centre court.
Once it’s up and running, other locations could begin to appear in other Canadian cities, as the chain intends on expanding across the country.
StyleSense has sold its last pair of shoes.
The stores, located at Vaughan Mills, Oakville Place and Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga, had only been open for about three years. Large and spacious, they carried a huge – and I mean HUGE – selection of brand name shoes and boots, along with bags, hats, scarves and other accessories, at marked down prices.
The stores seemed to be busy whenever I stopped in, so I was suprised to hear this week that the company had decided to close all three locations.
TJX brought its Marshall chain to Canada for the first time last year (More discount fashion for the GTA), and I gather that the closure of StyleSense is part of the company’s effort to focus on beefing up this new brand in Canada. Like Winners, Marshalls stores carry mainly clothing, but they also have a hefty selection of shoes.
Still, the shoe selection in the Marshalls locations that I’ve seen have been disappointingly small, and way less organized than the impressive stock at StyleSense. I’ve found some amazing deals on shoes at StyleSense in the past couple years, and I’m sad to see the stores disappear.
But perhaps I should give Marshalls another chance. It looks like the chain is here to stay, as it’s actively growing its footprint on this side of the border. The chain now has six store in the GTA, and six more Ontario stores are slated to open at the end of March. The new locations in the GTA will include:
SAIL, a chain of superstores specializing in gear for hunting, camping, fishing, boating and other outdoor activities, recently opened stores in Vaughan and Oshawa.
The big box stores are 70,000 square feet in size, and carry an overwhelming selection of merchandise: more than 500,000 items per store. They feature such popular brands as The North Face, Spyder and Columbia.
If you’re into any sort of outdoor activities – such as hiking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing – or even if you just want to keep warm as the cold winter months descend upon us, chances are SAIL has something for you.
You can pick up basic items like shoes and jackets, or highly specific types of gear, like gun cases for hunters, compasses for hikers and butane stoves for campers.
Including the two new GTA locations, SAIL now has seven stores, with four in Quebec and one in Ottawa.
The Vaughan location presents new competition for nearby Bass Pro – a huge store at Vaughan Mills shopping centre offering a similar selection of hunting, fishing and camping goods.
Outdoor enthusiasts were thrilled to see the Bass Pro store open a few years ago, which was Ontario’s first location for the major American retailer.
I’m guessing they’ll be happy to have another local retailer providing these kinds of specialized goods, especially in Vaughan – which is conveniently right on the way to cottage country for Torontonians who are looking to escape the city for the weekend.
A grand opening of the new store will take place this Thursday, May 19th, and all day long, shoppers will receive 20% off all purchases.
Since launching in 2006 with lines of men’s and women’s apparel that were sold in grocery stores operated by Joe Fresh’s parent company, Loblaw Companies Ltd., the brand has expanded to include a children’s collection, intimates and sleepwear, swimwear, sunglasses, jewellery, bath products and makeup.
The new Vaughan Mills store is one of four new standalone Joe Fresh locations opening this spring, including one at Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga, one at Bramalea City Centre in Brampton, and one in Alberta.
The brand will also open two new studio stores later this year in Toronto: one on Queen Street West and one in the old Maple Leaf Gardens space. Joe Fresh already operates two studio stores in the city: one in Forest Hill and one on Queens Quay.
In total, Joe Fresh is aiming to open 20 standalone stores in Canada in the months to come. The line is already available in more than 300 other stores across the country, including Loblaw and Superstore locations.
The stylish clothing collection, designed by Joseph Mimran – a former designer for such successful fashion labels as Alfred Sung and Club Monaco – are conveniently located in grocery stores where men and women are already doing some shopping.
And at amazingly low prices, it’s easy for shoppers to justify throwing a t-shirt, dress or new pair of sweats into the shopping cart. (Almost too easy.)
Having had success within grocery stores, prospects are looking good for Joe Fresh in the boutique business. And not just in Canada.
Just three months ago, Joe Fresh announced that it would expand outside of Canada for the first time, with a new standalone store on Fifth Avenue in New York City this fall.
If you’re itching to visit one of the new stores, this weekend is a good time to do it. Stop by the new Vaughan Mills location for some great deals, including:
• 2 for $30 Sequin Tanks (regular $19)
• 2 for $14 Men’s refined tee ( Reg. $12)
• 2 for $19 Women’s Sutash Tee (regular $14)
• 2 for $6 ALL flip flops (regular $4/pair)
• $5 off All women’s dresses
• $5 off ALL Mens and Women’s shorts that are priced $19 and up
• 2 for $15 Women’s slub vee (regular $10)
• Kid Boys Plaid Shorts for $6 (reg $10-$12)
• Toddler Girls 3 for $10 Promo on Rib Tanks
• Kid Girls 2 for $10 Promo on Racer Back Graphic Tank
Ladies’ clubwear chain YaYa & Co. continues to expand its footprint across the GTA. The women’s clothing retailer is set to open a location at Square One Shopping Centre in mid-May, and is in talks to open its first downtown Toronto location later this year.
Launched in 2004, YaYa & Co. has kicked off a growth spurt in the past year. In December, the chain opened a boutique in Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket. Two other stores are located at Scarborough Town Centre and Vaughn Mills Shopping Centre.
The chain previously operated a store in Yorkdale Shopping Centre, but the company appears to recently have shut down that location as it shifts its attention to other parts of the GTA.
Trendy jeans, sexy dresses and leopard print heels are among the stores’ bright and bold fashion and accessory offerings, which target a very specific segment of club-going shoppers aged 18 to 35.
The stores carry such brands as Parasuco, Silver, Mavi, Foxy and Guess.
Business will likely be strong at YaYa’s new location at Square One, where I imagine the store will benefit from the mall’s huge volumes of traffic. The chain would probably thrive in the downtown market as well, where it would be in close proximity to hundreds of nightclubs that draw stylish Torontonians who are always on the lookout for a killer new dress.
At a time when foreign chains are infiltrating this country’s retail scene, it’s great to see a home-grown GTA-based retailer thriving in the local market.
If you’re a fan of Michael Kors and you haven’t yet checked out the new outlet store at Vaughan Mills, take my word: it’s worth the trip to Vaughan.
I stopped by the store last weekend, and ever since, I’ve been kicking myself for not taking advantage of the great deals that this store has to offer.
Michael Kors handbags are my latest accessory obsession, and so it was no easy task keeping my credit card in check in a store full of these gorgeous bags, all marked down in price. I love the simple yet classy look of the handbags – especially the leather tote bags and the large Edie shoulder bags.
The outlet also has a decent sized selection of clothing, as well as some accessories and small leather goods, also discounted in price.
My only complaint about the outlet store is its location, which is a little too far from the city for me to be stopping by as often as I would like. Based on the crowds of people browsing the store on Sunday, however, it appears that many fashionistas are more than willing to make the trip.
If you appreciate Michael Kors’ designs as much as I do, I definitely recommend checking out this GTA retail gem.