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Focusing on ON, QC and Maritimes………..

In 2003, Juliette & Chocolat opened its first specialty chocolate café in Montreal’s Latin Quarter in Quebec. Since then the company, founded by Juliette Brun, has achieved strong success and growth in the greater Montreal area.  The cafes specialize in a unique chocolate experience with a variety of homemade hot and cold beverages, brownies, fondues, fondants and more along with a lunch and dinner menu consisting of a variety of salads and buckwheat crepes. The company also sells high end chocolate products, macarons, deserts in a pot, trifles, profiteroles, rochers pralines, chocolate mousses, etc.  Juliette & Chocolat is presently seeking additional locations focusing on high traffic areas, major malls, lifestyle centers, street front locations as well as any type of project with an abundance of restaurants. Units are generally in the 3000 to square feet to 3500 square feet, depending on location. Valentino Teoli and Karen Szulc of Aurora Realty Consultants have been retained for site selection in Canada.  The immediate focus is on the Quebec, Ontario and Maritime markets.

top_bannerCATEGORY: Specialty Café
Chain Name: Juliette & Chocolat
Company Name: Juliette & Chocolat
Mailing Address: 844 Jean-Neveu St., Longueuil, Quebec J4G 2M1
Tel: 579/721-3045            
Email:    Website:
Menu Specialty:  Homemade hot and cold beverages, brownies, fondues, fondants, etc. along with a variety of salads, buckwheat pancakes. High end chocolate products, macarons, deserts in a pot, trifles, profiteroles, rochers pralines, chocolate mousses, etc. are sold for take-away.
Introduced: The first Juliette & Chocolat open on St. Denis St. in Montreal’s Latin Quarter in 2003
No. of Locations: 8
Areas of Operation: Ontario, Quebec, Maritime Provinces
Types of Location:  Street front with heavy pedestrian traffic, Malls, Lifestyle centres, etc.
Business Type (corp., franchise, jv):
Family owned, Corporate
Size Req’d:
3000 - 3500 sq.ft., smaller units and/or kiosks could be considered.
Special Requirements (patio, drive-thru, etc):
High traffic areas
Contact Name:
Juliette Brun – Founder, Owner
Aurora Realty Consultants Inc., 1635 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 210, Québec H3H 1E2 (Valentino Teoli – 514/714-2248 & (Karen Szulc – 416/562-0797
Juliette & Chocolat, Longueuil, Quebec
Related Chains:
Last Report:
Developers & Chains #1738




Aggressive Expansion Underway…….

Since opening its first location in Laval over a year ago, Pur & Simple restaurants, a subsidiary of Eat It Brands Inc., has launched an aggressive expansion program for 2018 and 2019.  Pur & Simple is already scheduled to opening new restaurants in Dorval, Québec, St-Hubert, Québec, Sherbrooke, Québec, Pointe-Claire, Québec, Moncton, New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Edmundston, New Brunswick Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia and discussions are underway for still more.  Pur & Simply is a full-service concept that features a fresh breakfast and lunch menu made with quality ingredients, free of chemicals and preservatives, locally sourced whenever possible. The concept incorporates the juice bar concept featuring the cold-pressed juices in a variety of blends.  Designed as a franchise concept, the company is targeting highly visible locations with large frontages in urban and suburban areas that have a strong daily traffic count. The size required ranges from about 3000 to 4000 square feet and a patio area is a welcomed addition. President, CEO Derek Massad is handling all of the real estate needs while Chief Development Officer Ritou Maloni is handling the business development of all new franchise partners.


top_bannerCATEGORY: Full Service, Breakfast, Lunch, Juice Bar
Chain Name: Pur & Simple
Company Name: Eat It Brands Inc.
Mailing Address: 2035 Cote de Liesse, Suite 207, St. Laurent, Quebec H4N 2M5
Tel: 514/360-5228 & 855/344-0360    Fax: 514/360-5228
Email:           Website:
Menu Specialty:  Breakfast and lunch menu featuring large portions, quality ingredients free of chemicals and preservatives and cold-pressed juices.
Introduced: First unit opened in early September 2016 in Laval, Quebec
No. of Locations: One operating, Nine under development
Areas of Operation: National
Types of Location:  Open plazas, Power centres, Freestanding, etc.
Business Type (corp., franchise, jv):
Size Req’d:
3000 to 4000 sq.ft.
Special Requirements (patio, drive-thru, etc):
Strong draw in the area, other food uses in the immediate area, strong visibility, large frontages, strong daily traffic, patios welcomed.
Contact Name:
Derek Massad – President, CEO
Maloni Ritou – Chief Development Officer
Eat It Brands Inc., St. Laurent, Quebec
Related Chains:  Pannizza
Last Report:
Developers & Chains #1738



Heading West……

St. Louis Bar & Grill is expanding into Western Canada and is actively seeking real estate opportunities in neighbourhood and strip plazas.  The 100 percent Canadian owned and operated, St. Louis Bar & Grill has developed a reputation for its ‘Devilishly Good!’ service, signature wings and fries and garlic dill sauce. The sleek new store look, featuring custom video walls, inviting patios, and 14-plus taps at the bar are making St. Louis the destination for watching the big game. With over 55 locations across Ontario and Atlantic Canada, and an additional ten units slated to open in 2018, the chain suggests that it will be an exciting time to partner with St. Louis. The majority of St. Louis locations are franchised, and 25 percent of franchisees have multiple locations. At this time, a focused search is underway for suitable real estate in Western Canada. In particular, real estate in major cities across Alberta and Manitoba are top priority. New opportunities in Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are also of interest. The restaurants will operate in highly visible 2600 to 3000 square foot locations with patios, and strong daytime and evening traffic. Freestanding locations, end caps, and shared pad units are targeted, as are conversions.


top_bannerCATEGORY:   Quick Casual/Sports/Family
Chain Name: St. Louis Bar & Grill
Company Name:    St. Louis Franchise Ltd.
Mailing Address:    2040 Yonge St., Suite 200B, Toronto, Ontario M4S 1Z9
Tel: 416/485-1094 & 866/674-0606          Fax: 416/485-1512
Email:   Website:
Menu Specialty: Chicken wings and fries, ribs, burgers, salads, sandwiches, etc
Introduced: 1992 Flagship restaurant, franchising since 2002, 100% privately owned and operated Canadian company
No. of Locations: (Existing): 56 - Ontario (52 locations), New Brunswick (2 locations), Nova Scotia (2 location)
Areas of Operation: National
Types of Location: Plaza End Caps, Freestanding, Shared Pad, New and retrofitted locations in Urban and Suburban markets near major cities.
Business Type (corp., franchise, jv): franchise with a few corporate locations
Size Req’d:   2500 to 3000 sq.ft.
Special Requirements (patio, drive-thru, etc):  Patio required

Company Contacts: Steve Drexler – President (
Lisa Roscoe – Vice President, Development (Ext 241
Melissa Fenwick, Development Associate (Ext 240
Parent Company: St. Louis Franchise Ltd., Toronto, Ontario
Related Retail Chains:  N/A
Last Report: Developers & Chains #1738



Entering the U.S. Market…….

Founded in 2009, The Chopped Leaf is an emerging fresh casual lifestyle concept that provides handcrafted meals served fresh and quick for a healthy experience. A premium menu selection, stylistic store design, and comfortable atmosphere keep guests coming back for more, whether it is for dine-in, take-out, or catering.  The Chopped Leaf’s menu selection includes salads, wraps, sandwiches, rice bowls, quesadillas and in-house soups. With over 50 premium ingredients listed, including private label dressings, customers can create their own personalized salad, wrap or bowl. Most items can be made vegetarian, or a generous portion of protein can be added to any dish, with a range of menu items from cold to hot. Online ordering and pre-paid pick-up is offered as well. In 2017, The Chopped Leaf entered an exclusive agreement with Canadian airline WestJet, to provide on-board meals on all daily flights from Canada.  Last year The Chopped Leaf grew from 38 to 56 stores open and operating, including locations newly opened in Barrie in Ontario, Camrose and Okotoks in Alberta and in Surrey and Delta in British Columbia. Newly franchised locations scheduled to open soon are in Mississauga and Milton in Ontario, Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta and Maple Ridge in British Columbia. In addition, during 2018 The Chopped Leaf will open its first location in the United States Federal Way in Washington. The chain is targeting even more growth across Canada and in the United States in the coming year. Areas of high interest for future development include Brandon and Winnipeg in Manitoba, the greater Toronto area, Quebec and Eastern Canada, as well as Washington and Minnesota state and Western U.S. Street-front locations of approximately 700 to 1700 square feet in well-anchored plazas and power centres, as well as university locations, are of high interest. Chris Wills of Colliers International is responsible for the chain’s site selection in Canada and David Bishop at Northwest Atlantic (Canada) Inc. is handling the real estate search in enclosed malls..


top_bannerCATEGORY:   Quick Casual Lifestyle Restaurant
Chain Name:  The Chopped Leaf
Company Name: Innovative Food Brands
Mailing Address: 700 Kerr St. West, Oakville, Ontario L6K 3W5
Tel: 800/555-5726 & 905/337-7777     Fax:
Email:  Website:
Menu Specialty: Chef-designed salads, gourmet wraps, sandwiches and soups with over 50 fresh ingredients. Soups are made from scratch and the nutritious whole bowls are made with a base of brown basmati rice.  The menu offers gluten-free food choices along with meat alternatives and nutrient-dense vegan and vegetarian food options.

Introduced:  Introduced in Kelowna, BC in 2009. Acquired by Innovative Food Brands in October 2014.
No. of Locations: Over 55 operating in Canada and several under development in Canada and the United States.
Areas of Operation: Worldwide
Types of Location:  Street fronts, plazas, centres, malls, mixed use, etc.
Business Type (corp., franchise, jv):  Franchise
Size Req’d:  700 to 1700 sq.ft.
Special Requirements:  Convenient access, Traffic, Visibility, etc
Contact Name: Lou Donato – CEO
Nick Veloce – President, COO
Nik Jurkovic – Vice President, Development
REAL ESTATE REPRESENTATIVES: (Canada-Street Front, Open Centres) Colliers International, Suite 304, 546 Leon Ave., Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 6J6 (Chris Wills – 250/861-8112,
(Canada – Enclosed Malls) Northwest Atlantic (Canada) Inc., 864 York Mills Rd., Toronto, Ontario M3B 1Y4 (David Bishop – 416/391-6948  
Innovative Food Brands, Oakville, Ontario

Related Chains:  Teriyaki Experience
Last Report:
Developers & Chains #1738





Confirms Second in BC……

French cookware manufacturer and retailer Le Creuset has confirmed that it will be opening a 965 square foot boutique in CF Richmond Centre in Richmond in BC’s Lower Mainland region in early October 2018. It will be the chain’s second location in British Columbia.  Founded in Northern France in 1925, Le Creuset is best known for its colourful enameled cast-iron cookware.  The heavy cookware is in more than 30 bright colours.  The stores carry a large selection of its own brand cookware and bakeware along with tableware, kitchen tools, wine accessories, etc.  The line is carried in specialty and department stores along with about 500 stand-alone stores worldwide.  There are about 70 stores in the United States, most being in outlet centres.   The new Richmond location will bring Le Creuset’s store count to twelve in Canada and the chain continues to target select markets, including downtown Toronto and Vancouver, and possibly Montreal. Moving forward, ideal spaces are 600 to 1000 square feet along high streets and in super regional malls. Tony Flanz at Think Retail is handling the chain’s site selection in Canada.

top_bannerCategory: Kitchenware, Housewares
Chain Banner:
Le Creuset
Company Name: Le Creuset
Head Office Address:
Tel: 866/666-6162       Fax:
Principal Use:
Cookware, bakeware, tableware, serving ware, wine and champagne accessories and kitchen tools manufactured by Le Creuset, Screwpull and Cousance.
Introduced:  Le Creuset was introduced in 1924 in Fresnoy-le-Grand in Northern France by Belgian industrialists Armand Desaegher and Octave Aubecq. In 1970, the company was acquired by Paul Van Zuydam and by 2010, the company had over 100 retail stores worldwide. Presently there are about 500 stores worldwide.
No. of Locations: Twelve stores in Canada
Areas of Operation: National
Types of Locations Preferred:
High streets, major malls
Size Required:
600 to 1000 sq.ft.
Special Requirements:
Business Type:
Company Contacts:

Real Estate Representatives: Think Retail, 6600 Decarie Blvd., Suite 210, Montreal, Quebec H3X 2K4 (Tony Flanz – 514/731-7936
Franchise Representatives:
Parent Company: Le Creuset, Fresnoy-le-Grand, France
Related Retail Chains:
Last Report:
Developers & Chains #1738




In Established Family Market……..

Surrounded by a well-established family community, Tomken Plaza serves the mature neighborhoods in East-Central Mississauga.  The First Capital Realty-owned 94,000 square foot centre is anchored by a 45,000 square foot No Frills supermarket and includes a variety of tenants such as TD Canada Trust, Bulk Barn, etc.  With over 120,000 people within three kilometres and an average household income of over $110,000 in the immediate area, Tomken Plaza offers a convenient shopping venue for residents in the densely populated neighbourhood.   At this time, only one in-line unit at 1178 square feet remains available. The suggested uses include service retail, medical, pet store, cell phone provider and/or accessory store or a coffee shop.  Leasing Manager Leah Feeley at First Capital Realty is handing the leasing.

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First Capital Realty, 85 Hanna Ave., Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3G3 (Leah Feeley – 416/216-4207


Have You Heard………  

Developers & Chains will not be published on Monday, March 5th, 2018.  The next issue will be on Wednesday, March 7th………….

RYU Apparel
is now available for sale at all Canadian Equinox clubs. RYU was first showcased within various Canadian Equinox storefronts within their fitness clubs as a ‘pop up’ brand. RYU is now being carried for sale as part of Equinox's regular retail offering in Canada. "Having our product for sale in Equinox Canada locations is a great validation of our brand in the marketplace" says Marcello Leone, CEO. "We are very proud to be associated with such a high-end brand like Equinox." Equinox operates 92 upscale, full-service fitness clubs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Houston, and Washington, DC, as well as international locations in London, Toronto, and Vancouver. (RYU Apparel Inc. – 604/235-2880

Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. is celebrating the opening of a new Sleep Country store in Ottawa, Ontario. The new store is located at 4335 Strandherd Dr. in Nepean. "Our new Ottawa location features Sleep Country's newest retail design and highlights our incredible selection of sleep products including pillows, sheets, duvets, designer headboards and mattresses, providing our customers with a comprehensive shopping experience," said Stewart Schaefer, Chief Business Development Officer at Sleep Country. (Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. – 289/748-0206

Loblaw Companies Ltd. reports that it is working with Metrolinx to offer a new PC Express service in five GO Transit stations in the greater Toronto area. The service will allow commuters to pre-order groceries online for pick up during their next day's commute. It will begin in five GO Transit stations this Spring and is expected to expand in phases to additional sites in the region.  "This is a logical extension of our increasingly popular e-commerce services, and the growing customer appeal for ordering groceries online and picking them up when it's most convenient," said Jeremy Pee, SVP, E-Commerce, Loblaw Companies Ltd. This Spring, customers who place an online web or app order by midnight will have the option of selecting from five PC Express pickup locations within GO Transit stations – Bronte, Oakville, Rouge Hill, Whitby and Clarkson – for their next-day, homebound pick-up site. Depending on location, the groceries will come from nearby Fortinos or Loblaws stores and will be waiting in a special delivery truck, in lockers or in an enclosed kiosk. (Loblaws Companies Ltd. –



Poised for Growth……

Earlier in the week, KFC Canada reported that Franchise Management Inc. has acquired Saskatchewan-based El-Rancho Food Services Ltd. The sale includes all of El-Rancho's 21 KFC assets throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba and brings FMI's total Canadian KFC restaurants to 85. FMI also operates KFC restaurants in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ontario.  In addition to the sale, FMI has committed to opening twelve new KFC units by 2020, including nine units in Atlantic Canada, two in Saskatchewan and one in Ontario.  "2017 was an incredible year for KFC Canada," said Nivera Wallani, General Manager, KFC Canada. "FMI is one of our leading franchisees, and their vast capabilities and commitment to growth make them a valuable partner as we seek to become a 1000-restaurant brand in Canada. We look forward to growing our partnership with FMI."   In 1955, El-Rancho opened Canada's first-ever KFC on 8th St. in Saskatoon. Since then, El Rancho has become a staple in the province of Saskatchewan, delivering consistent growth for KFC over the last 63 years.  "FMI is eager to bring its expertise to KFC in Saskatchewan. El-Rancho's restaurants are among the best run in the KFC community and we're extremely proud to carry on their tradition of operational excellence," said Greg Walton, Operating Partner, FMI. "FMI believes the KFC Brand is poised for continued growth across Canada including Saskatchewan. We are truly excited and honoured to add these restaurants to our growing family. We thank the Young family for a job well done and welcome their staff to our team." Franchise Management Inc. is one of the largest restaurant operators in North America with Pizza Hut, KFC, Panera Bread, Taco Bell and Robin's locations. FMI also owns and operates Grab N Go Convenience Stores in Atlantic Canada. (Franchise Management Inc – 506/328-4631)



Celebrates Grand Opening…..

BMO Bank of Montreal will celebrate the grand opening of its Halifax headquarters at the new BMO Nova Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 1st.  The largest commercial project in Halifax, the office is located at the corner of Prince St. and Argyle St.  BMO will consolidate all its lines of business under one roof, including BMO Nesbitt Burns, BMO Private Banking, commercial and retail regional credit, the commercial community team, Corporate Finance, Special Accounts Management, the investment lending team and the auto finance team.  BMO's Halifax headquarters will occupy two office floors and 36,000 square feet. A 4,200 square foot retail branch is also located on the ground floor of the complex. (BMO Bank of



Acquires KW Dealership Property……

In mid-February, Automotive Properties REIT closed the previously-announced acquisition of a dealership property in Kitchener-Waterloo in Ontario. The property will be redeveloped for a luxury, high-end car company that will occupy the premises. The purchase price, redevelopment costs and related expenses are expected to total $7.5-million(Cdn), which the REIT will fund through its existing credit facilities. Automotive Properties REIT currently holds a portfolio that consists of 39 income-producing commercial properties representing approximately 1.4-million square feet of gross leasable area in metropolitan markets across Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Québec. (Automotive Properties REIT – 647/789-2440)

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