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Selina Tao

All Birds Opens 1st Standalone Brick-and Mortar Store in Canada

San Francisco-based footwear brand Allbirds has opened in a retail space on one of the world’s trendiest areas — Toronto’s ‘West Queen West’, as the brand expands its Canadian presence after opening a Canadian online store in March of this year as well as two pop-ups at Nordstrom. The Queen Street pop-up is being used… View Article

Selina Tao
May 30, 2018

Yorkville Retail Pedestrian Passage to See Impressive Transformation

Toronto’s upscale Yorkville area is known for its north-south pedestrian passages that connect its blocks, and one of these is seeing an overhaul that will be a very welcome addition to the neighbourhood. Already, Canada’s top rated restaurant Alo is confirmed to be opening in the new ‘Yorkville Lane’ that has an address of 162… View Article

Selina Tao
May 24, 2018

Strellson Officially Opens New Canadian Flagship on Toronto’s Mink Mile

Upscale Swiss men’s fashion brand Strellson has relocated its Toronto flagship store to 95 Bloor Street West, in a retail space just up the street from one it vacated late last year. The company officially opened the store (which ‘softly’ opened several months ago) last week with an event hosted in partnership with Sharp Magazine…. View Article

Selina Tao
May 22, 2018

Barry’s Bootcamp Kicks Off Canadian Expansion with Multiple Locations

The high intensity workout at Barry’s Bootcamp is described as the best workout in the world and it recently entered the Canadian market with its first location in Toronto’s Entertainment District, with plans to expand further across the country. Laurie Campbell, one of the owners and vice-president of operations for Canada, says the concept invovles… View Article

Selina Tao
May 16, 2018

Ermenegildo Zegna Launches Canadian Store Expansion in Unique Partnership

Iconic Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna is expanding its Canadian operations this year with a new standalone flagship in Toronto, as well as a renovation to its Vancouver store. More standalone stores could be on the way in a unique partnership with menswear retailer Harry Rosen. Harry Rosen has had a partnership with Zegna brand… View Article

Selina Tao
May 14, 2018

Why International Luxury Brands Want a Spot in Canada

Canada represents a significant opportunity for global luxury brands looking to expand by opening stores: that’s the message being conveyed by experts that see this country as a market with room for further growth. Canada is a market that features a growing population of affluent residents, as well as a growing number of Chinese residents,… View Article

Selina Tao
March 27, 2018

Inside Bloor Street’s New, Exceptionally Swanky Hermes Flagship

For months last fall, the forner Williams-Sonoma plot on Bloor was disguised as a giant orange box, wrapped up like an Hermes scarf, as workers stripped the space to its bones.  The label’s new 6,000 sq.ft. home is over double the size of its previous digs down the street, and containsr all manner of luxurious… View Article

Selina Tao
January 17, 2018

Samsung Just Opened its Largest Canadian Store in Toronto

Toronto might be getting a new flagship Apple Store at Yonge and Bloor, but in the meantime, tech heads can immerse themselves in the enormous Samsung Experience store that just opened at the Eaton Centre.  The largest of its kind in Canada and one of the most impressive retail spaces the brand boasts in the… View Article

Selina Tao
January 8, 2018

List of International Retailers that Entered Canada in 2017

About 50 international retail brands entered Canada by opening stores in 2017, which could be a record. As a comparison, we counted 21 brands that entered Canada in 2016, 28 in 2015, and 20 in 2014 when we began counting. Granted, the 2017 list of retailers generally occupy smaller footprints than some retailers that have entered… View Article

Selina Tao
January 5, 2018

MUJI to Expand Downtown Toronto Store

Minimalist Japanese retailer MUJI has publicly announced that it will be expanding its first Canadian store, located at the Atrium in downtown Toronto, and that it will temporarily relocate into a temporary space during the construction. The expansion is expected to grow the Toronto store to become more in line in terms of size of MUJI’s two… View Article

Selina Tao
January 4, 2018

MUJI Opens Massive Vancouver Flagship to Huge Crowds

Minimalist Japanese retailer MUJI has opened its largest store outside of Asia on Vancouver’s Robson Street. Thousands lined up for the store’s opening on Saturday, and the lineups are expected to continue well into 2018. The 14,507 square foot store is unlike any MUJI location in North America, offering a host of products and services… View Article

Selina Tao
December 4, 2017

Burton Snowboards Launches Canadian Retail Store Expansion

A world-renowned snowboard brand has opened for business in Toronto with its first flagship Canadian store and it’s poised for future expansion across the country.  The CBRE Toronto Urban Retail Team acted on behalf of the landlord and retailer, under the direction of Jackson Turner, Arlin Markowitz, and Alex Edmison. Cody Sturge, marketing lead with Burton Snowboards,… View Article

Selina Tao
November 14, 2017

Barry’s Bootcamp: L.A. workout studio bulks up for Toronto Location

The newly opened Barry’s Bootcamp, on Richmond St.W. near John St. is both the first in Canada and the largest in the world. High energy, high-end group fitness gyms seem to get big in a major U.S. city, attract celebs fans, and then spread out. Evenutally, they set up digs in Toronto, usually near King or Queen. Barry’s… View Article

Selina Tao
October 27, 2017
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Part of the City: Yorkville

Thu, Oct 12: Yorkville is considered by many to be the place to see and be seen. In this week’s “Part of the City,” Melanie Zettler and Toronto Historian, Bruce Bell tell us about this upscale neighbourhood’s diverse background, along with insight from Arlin Markowitz, Senior VP Urban Retail of CBRE. Click the link to watch… View Article

Selina Tao
October 12, 2017
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Notable Yonge Street Retail Building For Sale

An notable retail building is for sale at 2454 Yonge Street in midtown Toronto, currently housing Sporting Life Bikes & Boards as a single tenant. The bid date for interested parties is September 14 of this year. The three-level corner commercial building boasts excellent visibility on Yonge Street with 38.5 feet of frontage, as well… View Article

Selina Tao
September 3, 2017
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Muji Opens First Store in Vancouver

The Metrotown and Robson Street MUJI lease deals were coordinated/negotiated by Martin Moriarty and Mario Negris of CBRE Vancouver, as well as Arlin Markowitz from CBRE Toronto. For more details on this story: https://www.retail-insider.com/retail-insider/2017/8/muji-metropolis-at-metrotown-vancouver Photo by Retail Insider

Selina Tao
August 26, 2017
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SEE Eyewear to Enter Canada with 1st Store

Canada is seeing an unprecedented number of new international eyewear retailers enter the country. American optical retailer SEE will be the latest, with its first Canadian location set to open this summer in Toronto. https://www.retail-insider.com/retail-insider/2017/6/see

Selina Tao
June 5, 2017
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Yorkville Avenue Transitioning to Become a Luxury Retail Street

Toronto’s Yorkville Avenue is in the process of transitioning to become one of Canada’s most important luxury retail addresses. A number of exclusive retailers have recently opened, and a number of other upscale brands will be moving onto Yorkville Avenue over the next several years, according to brokers doing deals in the area. The stretch… View Article

Selina Tao
May 11, 2017
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Inside Off-White’s 1st North American Store

Luxury streetwear brand Off-White has officially opened its first North American store in Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighbourhood. We sat down with Off-White’s founder and creative designer Virgil Abloh to discuss the new store, as well as how youth culture is changing the face of Toronto and other global cities. We’ve also included a 3D camera… View Article

Selina Tao
April 26, 2017
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Vogue names Toronto’s Queen Street West world’s second-hippest district

Too cool –Vogue has named Toronto’s “West Queen West” the second-hippest district in the world. In a study of the globe’s 15 coolest neighbourhoods, the magazine ranks the Canadian district as second only to Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa. (Vogue cites the district as “West Queen West” in its blurb headline, though Queen Street West in the actual… View Article

Selina Tao
June 23, 2016