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Opportunities Going Fast……..

Only three units remain available for lease at The Shops at Wilson Station, the recently completed 50,000 square foot development located at 75 Billy Bishop Way and Wilson Ave., just north of Yorkdale Shopping Centre, in North Toronto.  Earlier in the Summer, Mathnasium opened a 1000 square foot unit at the centre, joining Moore’s, Carter’s Osh Kosh, Snuggle Bugz, Starbucks, A&W and The Beer Store.  As well, Classic Creations Jewellers, Little Pearls Paediatric Dentistry and Sport Specs & Optical are currently under construction, with anticipated opening dates of this Fall.  Located beside the existing Home Depot/Costco box development, The Shops at Wilson Station was formerly a commuter parking lot and offers direct access to the Wilson Subway station's south access point. With frontage on Wilson Ave. and it 34,000 vehicles per day and Billy Bishop Way with 12,5000 vehicles daily, strong visibility from the southbound Allen Expressway, as well as visibility and easy access from Hwy 401 via Dufferin St., the centre presents both a regional and a neighbourhood customer pool for a variety of retailers which could include fashion/footwear, specialty users, services, and pub/restaurant/quick service users. Given the adjacency of the subway line, mid and high rise condominium growth in the immediate area is confirmed at 8,909 new residential units with an additional 17,300 planned units within a larger five kilometre area.  The remaining units can be subdivide to offer a size from 1400 square feet to a possible 5,569 square feet. Megan McGowan and Lawrence Mosselson at S&H Realty Corp. are handling the leasing.



S & H Realty Corp., 4167 Garnetwood Chase, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2H2 (Megan McGowan – 905/625-6106 & (Lawrence Mosselson -  416/704-2421


Growing Affordable Fashion Chain……..

Urban Planet is a chain of unisex stores that cater to the latest fashion, footwear and accessory trends and targeting young men and women in a 16 to 24 year old category. The company continues to expand its brand while holding true to it retail philosophy that shopping should be fun and great fashion should be accessible to everyone. Introduced in 1998, Urban Planet operates over 100 stores across Canada in malls, large format and outlet centres, lifestyle centres, etc. The stores are generally in a 20,000 to 24,000 square foot range. The chain continues to explore opportunities across Canada.  In June, a 15,000 square foot unit opened in Cataraqui Centre in Kingston and in early July, Urban Planet opened a 21,000 square foot unit in the Corner Brook Plaza in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Then last week, a 20,000 square foot Urban Planet opened in Sunridge Mall in Calgary.   Also in late July, Triovest Realty Advisors reported in the local Lloydminster Meridian Source that Urban Planet will be opening in about 20,000 square feet of the formed Sears space in the LloydMall in Lloydminster in Alberta by late Summer 2019.  Part of the YM Group, Andrew Laudenbach at Oberfeld Snowcap is handling the site selection for the chain of corporate stores.




YM Inc., 50 Dufflaw Rd., Toronto, Ontario M6A 2W1 (866/717-7008
Oberfeld Snowcap, 121 King St. West, Suite 1800, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3T9 (Andrew Laudenbach – 416/849-9406

Alberta & France in the Fall…….

Copper Branch is taking its plant-based menu across Canada and beyond, with 15 additional restaurants opening soon.  Introduced in Montreal in 2014, the vegan eatery is one of the leaders in the category, offering a fresh alternative to the usual fast-casual fare, serving 100 percent plant-based power foods designed for health-conscious time-strapped consumers. Currently the fast growing chain has 28 locations in Quebec and Ontario and about 15 more are in various stages of development and are opening soon.  In the Fall, the chain will enter the Alberta market with several openings.   Units are scheduled for Intact Place, Bankers Hall and the Suncor Energy Tower in Calgary and in Edmonton at 10310 Jasper Ave. and in South Edmonton Commons. Copper Branch is already looking ahead and aims to have a presence coast to coast. Its immediate interest is to open in Vancouver and to continue to expand in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Ideal units are 1,250 to 2,000 square feet in open-air centres and office towers and 450 to 1,500 square feet in enclosed malls.  Tony Flanz at Think Retail is responsible for the Copper Branch real estate search in the larger reginal malls nationally and Corey Bessner and Matthew Krantzberg of Core Consultants Realty are handling the site selection in open centres and streets in Quebec.  Stephen Travers, the Area Developer for Alberta is handling the Alberta site selection.  Copper Branch is also about to become an international concern with an opening in Brest in northwest France in the Fall and in Annecy in southeastern France in Winter 2019.


CATEGORY: Quick Casual
Chain Name: Copper Branch
Company Name: Copper Branch Corp.
Mailing Address: 1235 Bishop St., Montreal, Quebec H3G 2E2
Tel: 514/924-3272                Fax:
Email:          Website:
Menu Specialty:  100 percent plant-based food items for immediate consumption, prepared to order or from grab and go fridges, take home, delivery and catering from an all-day menu comprised, but not limited to power bowls, vegan burgers, salads, sandwiches, wraps, chili, soups, baked fries, smoothies, juices and other assorted cold beverages and ancillary items such as vegan only desserts, hot teas and specialty coffees mixed only with non-dairy options. When appropriate the option to serve on premises organic wine and beer.
Introduced: Rio Infantino introduced Copper Branch in downtown Montreal in 2014.
No. of Locations: 28 in Quebec and Ontario., in Alberta in Fall 2018. Also in France in Fall 2018.
Areas of Operation: National with initial focus on Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia & Atlantic Canada.
Types of Location:  Office and Mixed use, Super Regional Malls, High Streets, Power & Outlet centres, etc.
Business Type (corp., franchise, jv):
Size Req’d:
450 to 2000 sq.ft.
Special Requirements (patio, drive-thru, etc):
Contact Name:
Rio Infantino – CEO, Founder
Steven Travers – Area Developer, Alberta (
(Large Projects - Canada) Think Retail, 6600 Decarie Blvd., Suite 210, Montreal, Quebec H3X 2K4 Tel: 514/731-7936 (Tony Flanz –
(Streets, Open Centres-Quebec) Core Consultants Realty, 1331 Greene Ave., Suite 215, Westmount, Quebec H3Z 2A5 Tel: 514/819-9947 (Corey Bessner – Ext 101  & (Matthew Krantzberg – Ext 103
Copper Branch Corp., Montreal, Quebec
Related Chains:
Last Report:
Developers & Chains #1779


Aggressive Manitoba Roll-Out………

In mid-August, the quick service Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen will enter the Manitoba with its first location in Winnipeg.  The 2547 square foot endcap unit with drive-thru is opening at the Seasons development at Kenaston Blvd. and Sterling Lyon Pkwy in south Winnipeg.   Introduced on New Orleans in the early 1970s, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen specializes in a fried chicken menu, both spicy and mild, as well as southern inspired seafood dishes. Popeyes is also known for its biscuits, gravy and other Cajun inspired dishes and sides such as red beans & rice, coleslaw and Cajun fries.   The chain currently operates over 2700 restaurants in more than 25 countries.  Currently there are about 156 units in Canada and there are plans to reach the 175-restaurant mark this year. Popeyes has an aggressive expansion strategy for the Manitoba market and has retained Michael Stronger at Shindico Realty to spearhead the roll-out.  The quick service chain is seeking high traffic and highly visible street front, in-line and freestanding units in an 1800 to 2500 square foot range. Drive-thrus are preferred.  The chain is also considering food court locations in the 400 to 700 square foot range with additional storage.



CATEGORY: Quick service
Chain Name: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Company Name: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc.
Mailing Address: 400 Perimeter Center Terrace, Suite 1000, Atlanta, Georgia 30346
Tel: 800/639-3780 & 877/767-3937        Fax:
Email:   Website:
Menu Specialty:  Specializes in a fried chicken menu, both spicy and mild, as well as southern inspired seafood dishes. Also known for its biscuits, gravy and other Cajun inspired dishes and sides such as red beans & rice, coleslaw and Cajun fries in a southern fried chicken menu
Introduced: Entrepreneur Alvin Copeland introduced the concept in New Orleans in 1972.  In 1976, the company opens its first franchise in Louisiana. In 1984 Popeyes opens in Canada, in Toronto.  In early 2017, Popeyes is acquired by Restaurant Brands International.
No. of Locations: Over 2700 worldwide, Over 150 in Canada
Areas of Operation: National
Types of Location:  Centres, Freestanding, Street fronts, Urban sites, etc.
Business Type:  Franchise
Size Req’d:
1800 to 2500 sq.ft., Food Courts – 400 to 700 sq.ft.
Special Requirements (patio, drive-thru, etc):
Drive-thru preferred, Food court units require storage.
Contact Name:
Alexandre De Jesus – President
REAL ESTATE REPRESENTATIVES:  (Manitoba) Shindico Realty Inc., 200 – 1355 Taylor Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba R2M 3Y9 (Michael Stronger – 204/928-8237

Restaurant Brands International, Oakville, Ontario
Related Chains: 
Tim Hortons, Burger King
Last Report:
Developers & Chains #1779






Now Looking at 2019 & 2020 Sites……

In October, a 38,500 square foot Sportium sporting goods store with a 13,000 square foot mezzanine area will open in the Kirkland Centre in Montreal’s West Island that is being developed by Harden Group and Choice Properties.  The large format sports apparel and equipment store is the fourth location for the three year old chain and the company is now sourcing sites for 2019 and 2020.  Sportium is the large format sports clothing, footwear and equipment concept that was introduced by SAIL Plein Air Inc. in late 2015.  The stores concentrate on various sports including hockey, running, training, yoga, soccer, basketball and racquet sports and feature a wide selection of products from name brands such as Bauer, Columbia, Salomon, Under Armour, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, New Balance, etc.  The existing stores are at 1939 FX Sabourin in St. Hubert in Montreal’s South Shore, on rue des Basses Terres in Quebec City and the last opening in Fall 2017 at Centre Laval on Boul le Corbusier in Laval.  Robert Constantin at Intercom Real Estate Services is responsible for the site selection for the chain and has noted that the company is currently focusing it expansion-attention in and around the greater Montreal area.  Generally the Sportium stores will operate its 65,000 to 70,000 square foot freestanding sites on about 200,000 square feet of land, large format centres and highly visible end cap units with parking for 225 to 250 vehicles are required. The company is particularly interested in sites with highway visibility.

top_bannerCategory:  Sporting Goods
Chain Banner:  Sportium
Company Name: SAIL Plein Air Inc.
Head Office Address:  2850 Jacques-Bureau Ave., Laval, Quebec H7P 0B7
Tel: 866/785-7245    Fax:
Email:                        Website:
Principal Use:  Sports clothing, footwear and equipment from name brands such as Bauer, Columbia, Salomon, Under Armour, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, New Balance, etc.
Introduced: Fall 2015
No. of Locations:  Three stores in Quebec (Quebec City, St. Hubert & Laval).  Fourth unit to open in Kirkland, QC in Fall 2018.
Areas of Operation:  Quebec
Types of Locations: Freestanding, Street locations, Large format projects.
Size Required:  Approx 65,000 to 70,000 sq.ft.
Special Requirements: Highway visibility
Business Type: Corporate
Company Contacts: Norman Decarie – President, CEO
Real Estate Representatives:  Intercom Real Estate Services, 1190 Place Nobel, Boucherville, Quebec J4B 5L2  (Robert Constantin – 450/655-1334,
Franchise Representatives:
Related Retail Chains:
SAIL Plein Air Inc., Laval, Quebec
Last DC Report: Developers & Chains #1779      Info Last Updated:





Have You Heard…….

Toronto-based investment firm, Gibraltar & Company Inc. has acquired the hat and travel apparel company Tilley Endurables Inc. from Hilco Capital.  Founded in 1980, Tilley Endurables was acquired by Hilco Capital in June 2015. (Gibraltar & Company Inc. – www,……

Our Oops Dept. notes that the Miele Experience Centre that opened last weekend, was at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, not Yorkville Shopping Centre as we published. The 2160 square foot unit is the first retail store in a premium shopping mall for premium domestic appliance manufacturer. (Miele Canada – 800/565-6435

In December 2018, shared workspace and technology company, WeWork will open its latest Toronto location on two floors of Scotia Plaza, on 40 King St. West, according to reports in the Daily Hive. The New York-based company opened its first Toronto location just a year ago at 240 Richmond St. and is expecting to have 20 WeWork locations in Toronto by 2020. (

Late last week, Lululemon Athletica Inc. announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Calvin McDonald as CEO, effective August 20th, 2018. For the past five years he has served as President, CEO of Americas for Sephora, part the LVMH family of brands. (Lululemon Athletica Inc. – 877/263-9300

Calgary-based High Tide Ventures Inc. has acquired 50.1 percent of KushBar Inc., the owner of the KushBar brand and retail concept.  High Tide has included the KushBar cannabis brand and concept in several retail cannabis applications submitted to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. Including these applications, the company's total number currently in process is rapidly approaching the maximum of 37 retail locations across in the province. (High Tide Ventures Inc. – 403/265-4207

Earlier in the Spring, David Scorniaenchi joined Dream Unlimited in Toronto as Senior Manager, Retail Leasing for Eastern Canada. Having spent the last seven years most with Loblaw Real Estate and Choice Properties, he will be leading the retail front on major developments in the Dream portfolio including the Canary District/West Don Lands, Port Credit West Village, and Zibi. (David Scorniaenchi – 647/202-5857



For Sale on Woodbine…….

Ali AsgaryZee Kerani and David Stevens at Cushman & Wakefield in Markham are marketing for sale, office and retail units at the new DiGreen Square mixed use development at 7528 – 7550 Woodbine Ave. in Markham, Ontario. The new project is located between John St.  and 14th Ave. and will include three buildings with 35,741 square feet of retail space and 14,698 square feet of office space on a lot size of 4.35-acres. The units are divisible and will be available for third quarter 2019. All units will be provided in shell space along with the opportunity of Woodbine Ave. frontage.  The project is in close proximity to Hwy 404, Hwy 407 and Hwy 401. The daytime population within a three kilometer radius is about 112,235 and amounts to 268,468 within a five kilometer radius. The average household income within a three kilometer radius is $96,698.50 and within a five kilometer radius, stands at $94,174.60.



Cushman & Wakefield, 3100 Steeles Ave. East, Suite 1100, Markham, Ontario L3R 8T3 (Ali Asgary – 416/494-9500, (Zee Kerani -416/756-5433 & (David Stevens – 416/756-5420



Turnkey Daycare in Kitchener…..

Fraser Vrenjak and Ryan Kaitting at Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region are marketing for lease a turnkey daycare facility in Kitchener.  Located at 1284 Ottawa St. South at Fischer Hallman Rd., the 4000 square foot is centrally located within, and supported by, the residential nodes of Forest Heights, Williamsburg and Laurentian Hills.  Several public schools and a high school are in the immediate area. Over 78,000 people are within a three kilometre radius. The daytime population is over 29,400 and the average household income is about $81,000 per year.

Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Region Ltd., 4295 King St. East, Suite 401, Kitchener, Ontario N2P 0C6 (Fraser Vrenjak – 519/804-4355 & (Ryan Kaitting – 519/804-4339


JV Secures Locations……

A numbered Canadian company, holder of Starbuds Canada, a joint venture between Compass Cannabis Clinic and Starbuds U.S., announced that it has secured multiple real estate locations in Ontario and has entered into multiple operational agreements with stakeholders for additional locations.  "It’s a game-changer for Canada, the industry as a whole, and for the communities in Ontario. We look forward to further extending our expansion plans to include Ontario and provide further investment opportunities for our stakeholders,” said Dave Martyn, President of Starbuds Canada and Compass Cannabis Clinic. “As one of North America’s fastest growing cannabis brands, this provides favourable circumstances for us to extend our services there.”   The initial locations in Whitby and Windsor are the company’s first entry into the eastern market. The medicinal arm of the company, Compass Cannabis Clinic, already has multiple locations open throughout British Columbia and Alberta in the medicinal cannabis industry.  To accelerate their expansion, the numbered Canadian company is launching a private placement for investors.  Through a joint venture with Compass Cannabis Clinic, Starbuds is coming to Canada with an aggressive expansion plan across British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Founded in 2013, Starbuds was the first retail outlet to receive licensing when Colorado legalized recreational cannabis and now operates 13 locations in Colorado and Maryland. Compass Cannabis Clinic is a medical cannabis consultation company whose core business is focused on providing educational and consultation services to Canadians who are able to obtain cannabis from a licensed producer under Canada's ACMPR.  The Ontario government will reportedly allow private stores to sell cannabis once recreational cannabis becomes legal on October 17.


Starbuds Canada – Calgary, Alberta (


End Cap in Ottawa St. Plaza…….

A 7500 square foot medical clinic, a PharmaSave Drug Store and a health spa has been confirmed for the latest building in the multi-building neighbourhood plaza at 795 Ottawa St South at Strasburg Rd. in Kitchener in Southwestern Ontario.  John Kabucis of Links Corporate Realty Ltd. is now marketing for lease the last unit in the project. The remaining location is a 1200 square foot end cap with an outside patio area, suitable for a variety of uses, including quick service restaurants.  Possession is expected for September 2018.  A Petro-Canada convenience, gas and car wash and freestanding Tim Hortons and Bank of Montreal units are currently on the site and operating.    The site is located across from the Laurentian Power Centre and at the entranceway to a densely populated trade area to the south.  Over 25,000 vehicles pass the site daily.

Links Corporate Realty Ltd., 93 Thimbleberry Crossing, New Hamburg, Ontario N3A 4P4 (John Kabucis – 519/662-9550


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