Chico’s Heads to the Great White North

In What's New, Industry News by Accessories Staff

chicosNew York—Canada has suddenly become a retail hot spot. What with stores such as Target, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Off5th etc. opening or planning to open stores there in the next few years.

Opening soon are three new international expansions for the Chico’s Brand (Chico’s) of Chico’s FAS.

New Store Prototypes

Scheduled for late August, the locations include Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, ON, Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, ON and Mapleview Shopping Centre in Burlington, ON.

Square One is owned by Oxford Properties Group and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo). Upper Canada Mall is owned by Oxford Properties Group and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Mapleview Shopping Centre is owned and operated by Ivanhoe Cambridge.

Known for exclusive artisan pieces and one-of-a-kind prints and patterns, Chico’s is also home to many signature collections such as The So Slimming collection, The Travelers collection of wrinkle-resistant knits and The Zenergy collection of activewear wear not to mention the store’s own brands of jewelry and accessories.

“We believe Canada is a great addition to the international footprint for Chico’s, as it represents a natural extension of the brand,” says David Dyer, president/ceo of Chico’s FAS. “From our robust customer file, we already know that there are a significant number of Chico’s customers in Canada.”

The store design of the Chico’s stand-alone boutiques will be based on a new store prototype. The elevated concept includes a mix of curated finishes and materials based in warm tones with subtle animal prints. Modern interpretations of the Chico’s brand heritage are brought to life with iconic woven entry doors, luggage details on fixtures and layers of artifacts as props.

The Chico’s Square One Shopping Centre boutique grand opening and ribbon cutting is slated for late August.



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