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With Drive-Thru in Orillia………

Sari Samarah at Value Insight Realty is marketing for lease a former quick service restaurant site at 324 Memorial Ave. in Orillia, a community in Simcoe County, just north of the greater Toronto area.  Situated at Memorial Ave and Hwy 12/TransCanada Hwy, the 2204 square foot freestanding unit includes a drive-thru and an abundance of on-site parking. The highly visible site is surrounded by hotels, restaurants and is minutes from Hwy 400 and the Casino Rama.


Value Insight Realty – 85 The Donway West, Suite 1009, Toronto, Ontario M3C 0L9  (Sari Samarah, 416/269-6747

Growing Calgary Corporate Strategy……

Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. is making further progress on its corporate store strategy with the recent acquisition of additional locations in Calgary and Canmore in Alberta. Through its wholly owned subsidiary Spirit Leaf Corporate Inc., Inner Spirit Holdings has entered into an agreement with a Spiritleaf franchise partner to purchase the assets of three proposed cannabis retail stores. The acquisition presented a unique opportunity for the company, as the retail stores will be in Calgary's high traffic 17th Ave. downtown mission district and two premier locations in Canmore.  The stores have received their municipal recreational cannabis store development permits and construction is expected to commence shortly.  Inner Spirit is developing a retail network of Spiritleaf branded cannabis retail locations across Canada.  It is building its corporate store portfolio in Alberta with approximately ten wholly owned corporate locations to support its franchise network and enhance top-line revenue growth. The franchise network is being developed with more than 100 franchise agreements signed and four locations currently open in Alberta and Saskatchewan with a fifth location that opened last week in Royop Developments’ Stonegate Plaza in Calgary.  Then, last week, Inner Spirit Holdings added that Spirit Leaf Inc. has entered into an agreement with one of the initial 25 retail cannabis lottery winners in the province of Ontario, as selected by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The lottery winner has made an application to open a Spiritleaf retail cannabis store on Princess St. in the heart of Kingston in anticipation of a targeted April 1, 2019 opening.  Spirit Leaf is collaborating with the lottery winner to build out the store location, license its brand and operating standards, and provide expert product training. "Our company's entry into the Ontario market is an important milestone for our business strategy and highlights our plans to locate more than 100 stores throughout the country that support and promote the Spiritleaf brand for Canada's cannabis consumer,” noted Bondar.  Spirit Leaf Inc. has entered into 20 franchise agreements for the Ontario market in anticipation of the Government of Ontario's plans to issue additional retail licences starting in December 2019, with intentions of opening, or licensing others the right to open, up to the maximum 75 stores initially expressed to be permitted by the provincial government.  The Spiritleaf units will locate in locations ranging from 1000 to 2500 square feet that are a suitable distance from schools, hospitals, daycares, etc.  Marino Locations Inc. has been retained as Spiritleaf’s national real estate consultant and Dave Marino is handling the search.

Marino Locations Ltd., 208 Evans Ave., Toronto, Ontario M8Z 1J7 Tel: 416/767-8865 (Dave Marino – Ext 236
Inner Spirit Holdings Inc., #102, 5740 – 2nd St. SW, Calgary, Alberta T2H 1Y6 (403/930-9300

Opens DT VAN Flagship…….

In early February, fast-growing online vitamin, supplement and health food store Vitasave, opened a flagship retail location at 551 Robson St. in downtown Vancouver.  The streetfront unit is about 2100 square feet.  Vitasave is a five-year-old, Canadian owned and operated natural health company headquartered in North Vancouver, with warehouses in Vancouver and Toronto.  Originally an online concept on a mission to make health accessible and affordable, in 2016 it created its offline presence, with its first retail location in North Vancouver. “We can now serve downtown Vancouver just as we do in North Vancouver, where we have created a real community,” explained Adam Assadkhan, who co-founded the company along with his brothers, Ali and Amir.  Vitasave offers a wide selection of quality natural health products across hundreds of brands, from vitamins and supplements to bath and beauty products, to herbs, natural household products and pet products, all at 25 to 40 percent below traditional retail costs.  Vitasave’s new location also includes its signature plant-based Superfood Smoothie Bar. “A really big focus for us is our Superfood Smoothie Bar,” added Assadkhan. “Our smoothies are extremely popular at our North Van location. They’re perfect for those who are living active, fast-paced lifestyles.”


Vitasave, 106-375 Lynn Ave., North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 2C4 (888/958-54-5

Top 10 Again……

For the second consecutive year, haircare brand Great Clips, Inc. has ranked in the top ten of Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 list, recognized as the world's first and most comprehensive franchise list.  This year's number eight ranking well positions Great Clips on the annual list and is driven by the company's performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.  In December, Great Clips had reported plans to open 40 more locations through franchise partnerships and strategic development in Canada, targeting the Ottawa and Winnipeg markets.  Great Clips' Canadian development is led in part by Director of Franchise Development, Beth Caron.  Currently there are over 160 units across Canada and over 48 active franchisees, and Ms Caron continues to seek qualified franchisee partners in these and other regions.  Real Estate Manager, Canada Nicole Moniz is responsible for the real estate and site selection activities across the country. She has noted that Great Clips salons targets a younger demographic as well as families and busy professionals. The salons locate in grocery-anchored centers and high-visibility neighbourhood centers within densely populated areas. The typical location is 900 to 1,200 square feet, in-line or out-parcel, easy access for both ingress and egress, ample parking with building and monument/pylon signage.



Category:  Personal Services, Family Hair Care Salons
Chain Banner:  Great Clips Haircutters
Company Name:  Great Clips Inc.
Head Office Address: 4400 West 78th St., Suite 700, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55435
Tel: 800/999-5959 &952/893-9088        Fax: 952/844-3444
Email:   Website:
Principal Use:  Competitively priced, quality family hair care with no appointments necessary.
Introduced:  Roger and Marylu Ledebuhr opened the first salons in 1982.
No. of Locations: Over 4300 in the United States and Canada.
Areas of Operation:  United States, Canada
Types of Locations:  Grocery-anchored centres, street fronts, etc.
Size Required:  900 to 1200 sq.ft.
Special Requirements: Grocery and/or WalMart-anchored, High traffic, Visibility, etc.
Business Type: Franchise
Company Contacts: Steve Hockett – CEO
Rob Goggins – President
Davis Bennett – Sen. Director Real Estate (
Nicole Moniz – Real Estate Manager, Canada (416/617-1730
Beth Caron – Director, Franchise Development (
Real Estate Representatives:
Franchise Representatives:

Parent Company: Great Clips Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Last DC Report: Developers & Chains #1826


New West Island Breakfast & Sweets……..

Amy’s is a new breakfast, brunch and dessert concept that, in addition to a large-portion breakfast and lunch menu that includes healthy vegan options, also offers a with selection of desserts and gourmet donuts.  The new restaurant opened in November in a 2400 square foot, former Tutti Fruitti end unit location, adjacent to a TD Bank, in a plaza on St. Jean Blvd at Harry Worth St. in Pierrefonds in Montreal’s West Island area. Future expansion plans have not been reported while the company establishes the new concept.  With the opening, only two units remain available in the Groupe Shapiro-owned neighbourhood plaza at 4794-4830 St Jean Blvd., just south of Pierrefonds Blvd.  The remaining units are 900 square feet and 2500 square feet.  The suggested uses include retail, service and restaurants. The plaza is surrounded by an established neighbourhood of over 68,000 people with an average income range in excess of $88,000 per year. Steven Glazer at Groupe Shapiro is handling the leasing and notes that a new 2500 square foot spa/esthetician/massage studio is opening in March in the plaza.



Amy’s Dejeuner, 4832 St Jean Blvd., Pierrefonds, Quebec H9H 4B2 (514/624-1777
Groupe Shapiro, Tour de la Bourse, 800 Place Victoria, Suite 440, PO Box 284, Montreal, Quebec H4Z 1E8 Tel: 514/933-5112 (Steven Glazer – Ext 262


Enclosed Mall Space in Northern ON……

Shawn Abramovitz and Michael Shields at Core Consultants Realty are marketing for lease a 400 square foot interior unit that is available immediately at the Model City Mall in Kapuskasing in North Ontario. In addition, a freestanding pad unit of about 2500 square feet is also available.  Model City Mall is a 107,500 square foot enclosed community shopping mall that is anchored by a Canadian Tire.  The mall also included several national tenants including Shoppers Drug Mart, LCBO, The Source, Pet Valu and TD Bank.  The suggested uses include restaurant, café, grocery, specialty retail, fitness, medical, services, etc.

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Core Consultants Realty Inc., 555 Richmond St. West, Suite 1111, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3B1 Tel: 416/900-3878 (Shawn Abramovitz – & (Michael Shields –

In the Heart of Osborne Village……

Michael Stronger and Dino Alevizos at Shindico Realty are marketing for lease a high profile two-level building at 196 Osborne St. at Gertrude Ave. in the heart of Winnipeg’s Osborne Village. The 2500 square foot street level formerly operated as a hair salon and spa and includes an additional 1200 square foot storage, staff washroom, etc.  The 2500 square foot second level previously operated as a massage therapy clinic. The site is surrounded by over 190,000 people within a ten-minute drive and over 35,000 vehicles pass the site daily on Osborne St.  In addition to strong storefront signage and the unit parking at the rear.

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Shindico Realty Inc., 200 – 1355 Taylor Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3Y9 (Michael Stronger – 204/928-8237 & (Dino Alevizos – 204/298-8209

Available Summer 2019……

Brent Taylor at Brentcom Realty in Ottawa is marketing for lease up to 7935 square feet of ground floor retail space in the new retail development at 1000 McGarry Terrace and Strandherd Dr. in southwest Ottawa.  The project will include a five-level Dymon Storage facility and the space will be available for Summer 2019 occupancy.  Situated in the growing Barrhaven community, the site is adjacent to a Walmart SuperCentre and Loblaws, Sobeys, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, theatre, banks, etc. are in a close vicinity. The site offers strong visibility with convenient access and sufficient surface parking along with potential for pylon signage.  The suggested uses include medium and large format retail uses, furniture, appliances, etc.

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Brentcom Realty Corp., Brent Taylor - 613/726-7323

Adding Retail & Parking Space……

Located in the eastern region of the greater Toronto area is First Capital Realty’s Cedarbrae Mall.  With more than 60 stores, this 476,000 square foot enclosed shopping centre is anchored by Canadian Tire and a No Frills supermarket along with GoodLife Fitness, Winners, Dollarama and LCBO.  Cedarbrae Mall is a community mall that offers the everyday needs such as groceries, prescription drugs, personal care items, household supplies, banking and other personal services or just to have a coffee and a bite to eat, making it a true shopping destination.   It caters to the surrounding family-orient neighborhoods with over 103,325 households and a population exceeding 291,400 within a five kilometre radius.  To serve the growing community, the mall is slated to begin renovations that will add up to 60,000 square feet of new demisable retail space along with additional parking space.  The target uses include specialty retail, entertainment, services and large format retail. Nicholas Giandomenico and Stephen Yu at First Capital Realty is handling the leasing.

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First Capital Realty Inc., 85 Hanna Ave, Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3S3 (Nicholas Giandomenico – 416/216-2061 & (Stephen Yu – 416/216-2394

Postal Strike Impacts Sales…..

For its third quarter that ended in late December 2018, Indigo Books & Music Inc. reported revenue of $426-million(Cdn), a 1.7 percent decrease from the $433.3-million for the same period last year.  The decline in revenue was driven partially by the residual impact of delayed renovations and meaningfully by the Canada Post strike. Leading up to the Canada Post strike, the company had a strong online growth trend reflecting customer desire to shop this channel. This trend reversed itself dramatically with the Canada Post disruption.  Comparable store sales for the quarter were flat.  "Our third quarter financial performance was challenging,” said CEO Heather Reisman.  “Given the factors which impacted the company, we were satisfied to sustain sales essentially on par with last year."  In an interview with Canadian Press, Ms Reisman added that the company will delay some large renovation projects while it absorbs some of what has happened.  In mid-October 2018, the Indigo opened its first U.S. location at the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey and early indicators are showing that the concept is resonating well with customers. The 30,000 square foot location features IndigoKids and IndigoBaby, as well as a Café Indigo, along with Indigo's full assortment of books, gifts and exclusive in-house designed lifestyle products. During the quarter, the Indigo opened three new stores, while completing renovations in four others, bringing the total number of newly designed and renovated stores to 24, since the start of its retail transformation in fiscal 2017.




Indigo Books & Music Inc., 468 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1L8 (800/832-7569



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