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Full Service Pop-Up Package..…..

As a recognized connector in the real estate and marketing worlds, pop-up go is launching its first full-service pop-up space, KINGDOM, in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. The KINGDOM concept is not only offering sought-after space, it also provides a turnkey solution for companies to pop-up with marketing and execution support.   Identifying a need amongst its own clientele, KINGDOM is pop-up go’s response to clients who increasingly leverage their execution expertise, beyond simply securing a space. Once selected to utilize the space, tenants can enlist pop-up go to assist with anything from staffing to social media, retail design, payment processing, etc.   “We’re taking the relationship a step beyond simply being a connector, to becoming a cultivator” says Linda Farha, Founder and Chief Connector at pop-up go. “As a full-service space, we work like an extension of the team to make sure the pop-up is successfully executed and promoted.”  KINGDOM’s 1,330 square foot space on King St. West can be utilized for individual or shared-space pop-ups and gives access to a daily foot traffic count of up to 40,000 pedestrians. Visitors can expect to see a focus on growth categories such as food, travel, beauty and sports from now until the end of the year.  Given the growing demand for interactivity and experiential ‘moments,’ pop-up go is considering launching full-service spaces across the country.  Each location will provide the same opportunities and benefits to tenants who need additional support and will allow pop-up go to showcase some of their most creative activations and innovative pop-up concepts.


Pop-up go, Suite 103, 276 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J2 (866/440-4034




Building BC & AB Network…..

Choom, a fully-integrated cannabis company, reports that it has advanced the build-out of its cannabis retail store network in Alberta and British Columbia.  The company has secured the rights to an additional seven retail locations in Alberta. Choom presently has 25 leases for locations in Alberta with 24 applications submitted. Choom has also secured three additional B.C. retail leases, combined with the existing seven, for a total of ten retail opportunities in B.C. In all cases, the retail stores are subject to all necessary governmental and municipal approvals being granted. This number is expected to grow over the coming months as the company is currently negotiating additional leases with the intention of submitting applications for retail licenses.


Choom Holdings Inc., 409 Granville St., Suite 350, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 1T2 (604/683-2509




Aggressive Growth Expectations……

Over 20-years in operation, Pro Oil Change chain of automotive fluid maintenance service locations that provides quick, professional, convenient and value-priced warranty approved services for most makes and models. A franchise concept owned by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Driven Brands, presently operates over 35 locations, most of which are throughout Ontario with some in New Brunswick and British Columbia.  A franchise concept, Pro Oil is actively expanding across the country with a number of potential operators on hand. While the greater Toronto area is targeted, there is also a high demand for sites in Bradford, Sudbury, Kemptville, Carleton Place, Stouffville, Milton along with the Halifax region. The totally environmentally-friendly units operate in free standing and end cap sites that are zoned for automotive uses. With a drive-thru requirement, at least 13,000 square feet of land area is required for the two or three-bay units.  High traffic arteries, visibility and convenient access is required.  The Building units are generally in the 1800 to 2000 square foot range. Fraser Vrenjak and Bob Vrenjak at Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd. have been retained to handle the national site selection for Pro Oil Canada. Maurice Filion, General Manager at Pro Oil Canada is handling the franchising.


Category:  Automotive Maintenance
Chain Banner:  Pro Oil Change
Company Name:  Driven Brands
Head Office Address: 440 S. Church St., Suite 700, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Tel: 800/521-6282     Fax:
Email:    Website:
Principal Use: Quick, professional, convenient and value-priced warranty approved automotive fluid maintenance services for most makes and models.
No. of Locations:  Over 35 in Ontario, British Columbia & New Brunswick.
Areas of Operation:  Canada
Types of Locations: Free standing, Open centres, etc.
Size Required: Minimum 13,000 sq.ft. land area, Building - 1800 to 2000 sq.ft.
Special Requirements: End caps, Visibility, Traffic, Convenient access
Business Type: Franchise
Company Contacts: Johathan Fitzpatrick – President, CEO (Driven Brands)
Noah Pollack – EVP, General Council (Driven Brands)
Maurice Filion – General Manager, Pro Oil Canada (
Real Estate Representatives: Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd., 4295 King St. East, Suite 401, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 0C6 (Fraser Vrenjak – 519/804-4355 & (Bob Vrenjak – 519/585-2200 

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Related Retail Chains: Maaco, Meineke, Carstar
Last DC Report: Developers & Chains #1766
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Insuring More Space……

InsureOne is an independent insurance brokerage that was launched in Burnaby earlier in the Spring by Father and Son team Nick and Parvez Valiani.   With decades of insurance industry experience, the company specializes is all lines of personal insurance, auto insurance, business insurance, travel insurance as well as life insurance.  Currently located on Royal Oak Ave. at Nevelle St., the partners are now find a need for larger space and have retained Eric Walker at Cushman & Wakefield ULC to search out suitable sites.  The target area is in the Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver areas and the size necessary is in the 600 to 1200 square foot range.  Parvez Valiani notes that sites with strong pedestrian and drive-by traffic are necessary and high traffic and highly visible open plazas with convenient access are required.


Cushman & Wakefield ULC, Suite 700, 700 West Georgia St., Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1A1 (Eric Walker – 604/608-5998
InsureOne, 7676 Royal Oak Ave., Burnaby, British Columbia V5J 4K3 (604/620-9792


An Investment in Luxury……

Earlier in the week, luxury retailer Holt, Renfrew & Co. announced that it is investing over $400-million to renovate and expand stores across Canada. Extending the vision behind the nearly-complete transformation of Holt Renfrew Vancouver as a template, updates include Holt Renfrew Ogilvy in Montreal, with a phased opening through 2020, as well as significant renovations to Toronto's 50 Bloor Street West flagship store and a 10,000 square foot expansion at Toronto's Yorkdale location, both scheduled to be completed in 2020.  The company is also making significant investments in new technologies that will improve customer interaction and support online capabilities.  "As the Canadian luxury retail landscape evolves, so too is Holt Renfrew,” said President Mario Grauso.  “These investments will help us to enhance the first-rate, luxury shopping experience our customers expect from Holt Renfrew. We're securing our position as a top global destination for luxury fashion and beauty products. We're confident in our vision, strategy and team, with a renewed and unyielding focus on exclusive partnerships and curating the world's best luxury apparel and beauty brands."   Holt Renfrew is transforming how customers experience luxury retail, with a number of updates, expansions and renovations at its network of stores.  The two-year, 40,000 square foot expansion of Holt Renfrew Vancouver is nearly complete and the store now includes a renovated women's footwear area that has tripled in size and an expanded beauty hall, personal shopping and men's department. Holt Renfrew Vancouver now has over 75 vendor shops from leading luxury brands, including a CHANEL presence, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Tiffany & Co. and more.  On St. Catherine St. in Montreal, the phased enhancements and renovations to Holt Renfrew Ogilvy will expand the store to over 250,000 square feet, making it the largest Holt Renfrew in Canada.  The store is adding an expanded beauty hall, leather goods shop and an enhanced women's footwear department.  Holt Renfrew Ogilvy will also add a main-floor CHANEL presence and in-store shops with Gucci, Dior, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Tiffany & Co. and Prada. The store will feature a new façade and will also offer customers an enhanced gourmet dining experience with a Colette Grand Café.   Holt Renfrew's Toronto flagship store at 50 Bloor Street West will be updated with an expanded and newly renovated women's footwear department opening as early as Winter 2018. The flagship Toronto store will also include an expanded beauty department and women's leather goods area. Once complete, the store will also include an expanded men's department. A new Colette Grand Café is slated to open late 2019.  Holt Renfrew Yorkdale will grow by 10,000 square feet to 129,000 square feet and will include an expanded personal shopping service with and additional two personal shopping suites and an expanded Gucci shop. Holt Renfrew Yorkdale will also feature a Fendi women's and leather goods shop, a Balenciaga shop and a new men's Prada shop, adding to the store's exclusive offerings for men.   Holt Renfrew is updating its entire online presence, including various categories being made available for purchase through ecommerce. These new technologies will be integrated into existing customer touch points.


Holt, Renfrew & Co., Ltd., 60 Bloor St West, Suite 1100, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3B8 (844/922-4658


Ottawa’s Trendy New Address……

Cheryl Kardish-Levitan at CLV Realty Corp. is marketing for sale or for lease a 3408 square foot street front unit in The Eddy, a six-level urban condominium complex in Ottawa’s trendy Hintonburg neighbourhood.  The retail space at 1000 Wellington Ave. offers about 40 feet of frontage and is surrounded by a mix of cafes, restaurants, retail and residential and offers strong pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The unit is across from an LCBO and adjacent to a Café Les Moulins Lafayette that opens later in June. The landlord is prepared to sub-divide the premises, if necessary. Over 213,000 people are within a five mile radius of the site with the largest percentage of the population being in the 25 to 50 year old age group.


CLV Realty Corp., 485 Bank St., Suite 200, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1Z2 (Cheryl Kardish-Levitan – 613/604-0608


Ready for a Third……

Anatolia Turkish Foods will open a specialty food market in July 2018 in SE Calgary that will focus on imported Turkish-European foods and Chef Owner Mahmut Elbasi is seeking a third location in the Calgary market. From its first location in the Crossroads Market in Calgary about 15 years ago Anatolia Turkish Foods has grown multiple times during those years that included opening a 7400-square foot restaurant in the historic Burns Building on Olympic Plaza in the downtown core on Stephen Ave. in 2016.  And now a search is underway for another full-service restaurant in Calgary. Anatolia Restaurants will be focused on servicing Calgary’s growing demand for European-Turkish food and plans to build a strong market position in Calgary. The firm offers a unique concept of upscale Turkish-European cuisine that features halal meat options, as well as a variety of fresh menu items for vegan and vegetarian patrons. Anatolia will be carving out its own niche within the Calgary food service industry and will also consider food court locations in the Calgary market. Michael L. Kehoe at Fairfield Commercial Real Estate Inc. is handling the search for the new Anatolia locations in the Calgary market. The experienced operator is sourcing a highly visible restaurant location in the 3000 to 5000 square foot range with a preference for north east Calgary.


CATEGORY: Casual, Full Service
Chain Name: Anatolia Turkish Foods
Company Name: Anatolia Turkish Food Import & Export Ltd.
Mailing Address: 237 – 8th Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 1R7
Tel: 403-616-2238
Email:    Website:
Menu Specialty:  Full service dinner & lunch menu. European & Turkish foods such as Kebabs.
Introduced: Fifteen years ago, in Calgary.

No. of Locations: Two
Areas of Operation:  Calgary
Types of Location: Full service sit- down
Business Type:  Corporate restaurant locations
Size Req’d:  3000 to 5000 sq. ft.
Special Requirements: Full hood & food court kitchen mechanical.
Contact Name: Mahmut Elbasi – Chef, Owner
Real Estate Representatives: Fairfield Commercial Real Estate Inc., #325, 1500 – 14th St. SW, Calgary, Alberta T3C 1C9 (Michael L. Kehoe – 403/263-4100  
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Last D&C Report:
Developers & Chains #1766





Confident of Reaching Targets…..

For its first quarter that ended in early May 2018, lifestyle brand Roots Canada reported a 5.8 percent increase in total sales to $51-million(Cdn), over first quarter fiscal 2017.  Comparable store sales were also up by 6.4 percent.   Sales in the corporate retail store and e-Commerce sales increased nine percent.  During the quarter, Roots opened two new corporate retail stores and renovated one store in North America, ending the quarter with 120 stores.  The company also opened two partner-operated stores in Taiwan to end the quarter with 30 stores in China and 112 stores in Taiwan, representing a total net addition of ten stores compared to Q1 2017.  "Our top-line improvements reflect retail store and e-Commerce sales growth, highlighting the strength of our brand, the consumers' response to our new products and our success in leveraging our position as a leading omni-channel retailer,” said President, CEO Jim Gabel.  “We also benefitted from the strategic expansion of our retail footprint. We added stores in Canada and internationally, while also preparing for the opening of our brand activation centre and two new retail locations in the Boston market in the coming weeks and our Washington area stores in August.  As we look to the remainder of Fiscal 2018, we are confident in our ability to deliver continued growth and believe we remain on-track to achieve our Fiscal 2019 financial targets."  Roots plans to integrate its retail store distribution and third-party e-Commerce fulfillment by moving into a new, larger, and technologically enhanced Distribution Centre. The company expects the new facility to be up and running by mid-2019.   With the company's continued foundation building work through Fiscal 2018, Roots expects its growth to align with its stated Fiscal 2019 targets. Management remains confident that for Fiscal 2019, the company is on track to achieve sales of $410-million to $450-million(Cdn).


Roots Canada, 1400 Castlefield Ave., Toronto, Ontario M6B 4C4 (800/2-8-0521




Judgement Free Fitness in Winnipeg…….

In April 2017, the Planet Fitness health and fitness club concept entered the Western Canada market with a location in East Regina in Saskatchewan. Then in August 2017, the chain entered the British Columbia market with a 28,000 square foot location in the Sahali Mall in Kamloops followed in early 2018 with units in Abbotsford and in Surrey in BC’s Lower Mainland region.  Last week, the chain continued its western growth with its first location in Manitoba.  On Thursday, the chain opened a 21,350 square foot unit in the RichmondWest Plaza at 2855 Pembina Hwy. in Winnipeg.  With its over 20 locations in Ontario, the growing chain currently numbers 26 locations operating in four provinces and discussions underway for more. In addition, a 22,000 square foot location is opening shortly in Strathallen’s upgrade to its Market Mall in South East Saskatoon.  Introduced in New Hampshire in 1992, Planet Fitness franchise fitness club chain that operates over 1565 of the 24 hours, seven days a week clubs in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Panama.  The chain entered the Canadian market with its first location in Toronto in late 2014.  A strong traffic generator, Planet Fitness generally locates in large format centres, open centres and urban street fronts in 16,000 to 25,000 square foot sites.  The majority of the expansion in Canada is with Area Developers. Each of the facilities offer cardio machines, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, massage chairs, several full size flat screen televisions, a 30-minute express circuit and twelve-minute ab-circuit, HydroMassage beds, tanning booths/beds and a total body enhancement booth.



Category:  Health, Fitness/Membership
Chain Banner:  Planet Fitness
Company Name: Planet Fitness Inc.
Head Office Address:   26 Fox Run Rd., Newington, New Hampshire 03801
Tel: 203/682-8200     Fax:
Email:   Website:
Principal Use: Full size health club that offers a combination of approachable prices and a unique, friendly, and hassle-free environment called the ‘Judgement Free Zone’.

Introduced: 1992 in Dover, New Hampshire, Entered the Canadian market in December 2014, Opened its 1000th location in Washington DC June 2015.
No. of Locations:  Over 1300 locations in about 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Canada. About 26 are currently operating in Canada.
Areas of Operation:  National
Types of Locations: Power Centres, Urban street fronts, Open centres
Size Required:  15,000 to 25,000 sq.ft.
Special Requirements: Operates 24/7
Business Type: Public Company, Franchise
Company Contacts: Joshua R. Beyer – Vice President, Real Estate, Development
Real Estate Representatives:
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Last DC Report: Developers & Chains #1766     Info Last Updated:





Visible From Hwy 401…….

Kosta Doulas at Rogers & Trainor Commercial Realty is marketing for lease retail units from 1000 square feet up to 8000 square feet in the DevCor Centre in Napanee, a community of about 16,000 people, about 45 kilometres west of Kingston in Southeastern Ontario.  Situated at Centre St. North/Hwy 41 and Jim Kimmett Blvd., the 32,000 square foot open plaza immediately south and visible from Hwy 401.   The spaces are available immediately and an end cap unit with a drive-thru is possible. Pylon signage, convenient access and sufficient parking are available for a wide range of retail, medical and service uses.  Co-tenants include Chuck’s Roadhouse, Union Burger, BarBurrito, etc.



Rogers & Trainor Commercial Realty Inc., 20 Gore St., Suite 102, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2L1 Tel: 613/384-1997 (Kostas Doulas – Ext 17



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