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Peloton Secures Permanent Mink Mile Storefront

By Retail Insider New York City-based fitness company Peloton, known particularly for its luxury stationary bicycles that live-stream spin classes, has relocated its Bloor Street location in Toronto into a more permanent space. Peloton opened its first Canadian location at 130 Bloor Street West in a space formerly occupied by Hermes in October of 2018… View Article

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September 5, 2019
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Innisfree Opens 1st Canadian Storefront

By Retail Insider South Korean ‘naturalism-oriented’ cosmetic brand Innisfree has opened its first Canadian storefront at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. A second location will open soon at CF Toronto Eaton Centre as the company kicks off its Canadian store expansion that will soon also include stores in the Vancouver area.  The 2,500 square foot Yorkdale… View Article

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September 5, 2019
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‘Myodetox’ Lifestyle Concept Expanding in Canada Including Yorkville Village Flagship

By Mario Toneguzzi via Retail Insider The unique Myodetox lifestyle physiotherapy clinic is planning a new flagship location at Yorkville Village in Toronto for this fall as part of the company’s strategy to aggressively grow the Toronto-based business across North America and internationally. The concept was founded in 2015 and Myodetox delivers a longevity-focused and… View Article

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August 14, 2019
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Korean Beauty Brand ‘Innisfree’ Secures 1st Retail Space as it Launches Canadian Store Expansion

By Craig Patterson of Retail Insider South Korean ‘naturalism-oriented’ cosmetic brand Innisfree will open its first Canadian storefront this summer, utilizing a direct-to-consumer retail model that will add further competition in an already crowded market. Innisfree is the latest international brand to enter Canada, marking a trend that is seeing Canada continue to be a… View Article

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July 11, 2019
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10 Under 40: The Dazzling Dozen

By CSA Staff at CSA Selecting the 10 Under 40 class is one of our most difficult annual duties and many worthy nominees don’t make the final cut. Here are 12 of the worthiest. Chris Ressa, 35Chief operating officer, DLCAs a new rep at DLC, Ressa set a torrid pace of more than 25 deals… View Article

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May 22, 2019
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Valentino Unveils 1st Canadian Flagship

By Craig Patterson of Retail Insider Italian luxury brand Valentino has officially opened its first standalone Canadian flagship at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The impressive storefront is the latest international brand to enter Canada through Yorkdale, as Valentino expands its presence in Canada amid considerable popularity.  Located across from an expanding Holt Renfrew store at… View Article

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March 5, 2019
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‘The Well’ to Transform Downtown Toronto Neighbourhood

It’s being billed as a first of its kind in Canada. The Well in downtown Toronto is a 3.1 million-square-foot mixed-use development spread over 7.8 acres which the developers, RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, say is a “bold reflection of Toronto’s energy and diversity, and an extension of… View Article

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February 8, 2019

Ermenegildo Zegna Opens Impressive Mink Mile Flagship

Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna is expanding its Canadian operations significantly this year. After opening a renovated standalone store at CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver last month, it has opened a standalone store at 100 Bloor Street West in Toronto, next to Hermès’ flagship. More standalone stores could be on the way in a unique partnership with… View Article

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December 11, 2018

Casper Opens Downtown Toronto Location with Canadian Headquarters

Photo: Retail Insider New York City-based sleep brand Casper has opened a large permanent showroom at 342 Queen Street West in downtown Toronto, which will also house the brand’s Canadian headquarters at the back of the space in the spring of 2019 when office renovations are completed. The Toronto location is Casper’s second in Canada, and more… View Article

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December 9, 2018

Urban Grocery Stores Squeezing Into Tight Spaces

It didn’t take long for customers to realize they weren’t walking into a conventional grocery store when the Organic Garage’s newest location opened in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood last month. With just 13,000 square feet of space situated in the basement of a 100-year-old brick-and-beam building, Organic Garage’s fourth store is very different to a… View Article

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November 27, 2018

Inside MUJI’s Largest Flagship Outside of Asia, Downtown Toronto

Photo:  Retail Insider Minimalist Japanese retailer Muji has unveiled its largest store in Canada to date, steps away from Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square. The 19,110 square foot store is the first in Canada to span two levels and is now the largest Muji store in the world outside of Asia. The store opens to the public at… View Article

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November 26, 2018

Peloton Enters Canada with Retail Expansion

New York City-based fitness company Peloton, known particularly for its luxury stationary bicycles that live-stream spin classes, is aggressively expanding into Canada with a network of retail stores. The company is picking some of the busiest and most prestigious addresses for its Canadian locations, similar to in the United States where it has stores in… View Article

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October 15, 2018
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Valentino to Open 1st Standalone Flagship in Canada

Italian luxury brand Valentino will open its first standalone Canadian store this winter at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. It’s the latest luxury brand to open at Canada’s most productive mall, which is on track to become a global leader in brands as well as retail innovation. Valentino will occupy about 4,700 square feet on one… View Article

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October 4, 2018
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Davids Footwear Kicks Off National Retail Expansion with 1st New Store

Photo: Retail Insider Toronto-based has opened its first store outside of Toronto at Ottawa’s CF Rideau Centre, and the company plans on eventually operating about 15 stores across the country. Davids carries some of the world’s top luxury brands in its stores, and it is expanding its brand matrix as well as operations following a… View Article

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October 3, 2018
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Ossington Avenue Continues to Transform as it Adds Innovative New Retailers

Ossington Avenue in Toronto continues to transform into a unique strip of retailers and restaurants. Once a seedy address known for its bars, the character street is being repositioned as an upscale, diverse neighbourhood that is becoming a favourite for first-to-market retail concepts. The particular stretch of Ossington Avenue between Queen Street West and Dundas… View Article

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September 28, 2018
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Hermes Hosting Unique ‘Carre Club’ Scarf Pop-Up Sept. 28-30

French luxury brand Hermès is hosting one of the more interesting pop-up activations we’ve seen this year on Toronto’s Mink Mile. We attended a preview and were able to take photos and videos for this article. The ‘Hermès Carré Club’ is being hosted at 151 Bloor Street West on Friday, September 28 through to September… View Article

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September 27, 2018

Bloor Street ‘Mink Mile’ Update: Transition Amid Retail Transformation

Toronto’s famed ‘Mink Mile’, representing a portion of the Bloor Street West roughly between Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west, is seeing substantial changes with significant new construction and new retailers changing the face of the area. New development is having something of a ‘snowball effect’ in the neighbourhood, including… View Article

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August 18, 2018

Toronto tops list for most new international retailers in North America

For the second year running, Toronto has attracted the most new international retailers out of any North American city.  According to a new CBRE report, Toronto welcomed 40 new international retailers in 2017, the most on record for the city, and more than double New York City’s 15 debuts. Toronto is the only North American location… View Article

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June 5, 2018

Hermes Unveils Impressive Mink Mile Flagship

Iconic French luxury brand Hermès has reopened its Toronto flagship, in a retail space that is considerably larger than its former location up the street. The expanded Hermès marks a milestone in the transformation of Bloor Street West, as it continues to attract global flagships. Now located at 100 Bloor Street West, Hermès’ new Toronto flagship includes… View Article

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November 30, 2017

APM Monaco Opens First Canadian Store

APM Monaco Opens 1st Canadian Store: Monaco-based jeweller APM Monaco has opened its first Canadian boutique in Toronto, with more expected to follow.The CBRE Urban Retail Team acted on behalf of the Landlord, under the direction of Arlin Markowitz, Alex Edmison and Jackson Turner. The 1,700 square foot Toronto store is located at 89 Bloor… View Article

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November 27, 2017

New Buca Restaurant Coming to Yonge and St. Clair

King Street Food Company will be opening a new Buca restaurant at the northwest corner of Yonge and St. Clair in 2018. The move was revealed by Slate Asset Management, a development company that has invested heavily in the neighbourhood acquiring 10 properties. Arlin Markowitz, Alex Edmison & Jackson Turner of CBRE represented the Landlord in this transaction…. View Article

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November 3, 2017
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MCM to Open 1st Freestanding Canadian Store this Fall

German-founded luxury brand MCM will open its first Canadian store on Toronto’s Mink Mile this fall, and it likely won’t be the country’s last. MCM is said to be doing robust wholesale business in Canada at retailers such as Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, helping prompt a Canadian store expansion. https://www.retail-insider.com/retail-insider/2017/5/mcm Photo by… View Article

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May 9, 2017