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Did You Know……..

Montreal-based BTB REIT reports that it has sold one of its properties located at 2153-2155 Crescent St. in downtown Montreal for total proceeds of $3.15-million(Cdn).  The property houses the head office of BTB. Due to its growth in the recent years, BTB's current premises no longer meet its needs. As a result, BTB will have to relocate its head office in the coming months. (BTB REIT – 514/286-0188)……….

Discount chain Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. has introduced its new exclusive women's sleepwear, intimates, and basics brand, Carisma.  The launch is timed with ‘Galentine's Day’; the day made popular by pop culture is an opportunity for women to celebrate the 'gals' in their lives who make a difference. The new women's brand includes every day essentials from bras and underwear to socks, pyjamas and slippers. Carisma is a brand that combines the expression of versatility and comfort, all while delivering on the value that Giant Tiger is known for. Carisma is the continuation of a two year fashion evolution at Giant Tiger. This transformative journey through the softgoods departments began in womenswear, followed by the children's department, and most recently menswear. Carisma is the next chapter in this fashion progression. (Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. –

Plaza Retail REIT reports that it has finalized lease renewals on 150,000 square feet or 62 sites with its two primary KFC operators. Stand-alone KFC restaurants are the REIT's second largest tenancy by rent and make up approximately 218,000 square feet. These two KFC operators have 81 sites and represent 90 percent of Plaza's total KFC square footage. In addition to these renewals, Plaza is planning the immediate redevelopment of seven sites representing approximately 17,000 square feet, one for another national restaurant chain and the rest as new KFC stores for the two primary KFC operators.  Plaza also plans the immediate sale of three sites representing approximately 6000 square feet, all of which are firm and awaiting closing.  In addition, the developers is planning to redevelop nine sites representing approximately 22,000 square feet. (Plaza REIT – 514/457-0997)……..



Build-to-Suit in Eastern ON Node……..  

Michael Dodge of Dodge Enterprises Ltd. is pre-leasing a two-acre build-to-suit location on Parkedale Ave. in Brockville in Eastern Ontario.  The proposed Parkedale Place project is situated between Windsor Dr. and Millwood Ave., immediately north of Hwy 401 and in a busy commercial node.  The developer can build up to 25,000 square feet. A drive-thru feature is available and large frontage and convenient access is available from Parkedale Ave.  The site is adjacent to a Barley Mow restaurant and a McDonalds restaurant and across from the 1000 Island Mall and its Sears, Staples and Galaxy Cinemas anchors.  Suggested uses include restaurants, retail, convenience, service as well as financial, medical or professional. The commercial node has a regional draw of almost 100,000 people within a 30-minute drive-time.

Dodge Enterprises Ltd., P.O. Box 1286, Brockville, Ontario K6V 5W2 (Michael Dodge – 613/340-3878,

Anchor Position on Merivale……….

Bleeker Mall is a neighbourhood plaza at Clyde Ave. and Merivale Rd. in a busy retail node in Ottawa’s Nepean community. The two-level plaza includes about 30,000 square foot of retail on ground level and about 20,000 square feet of professional offices on the second level.  Brent Taylor at Brentcom Realty Corp. is handling the leasing on the plaza and reports that an anchor position of 10,707 square feet is available.  The end cap location includes a 5600-square foot mezzanine.  The unit offers strong store front visibility and there is potential for pylon signage. Tenants in the plaza include a Local Heroes Bar & Grill, along with M&M Meat Shops, Dutch Groceries, Purolator, etc. Neighbouring retailers include Value Village, Denny’s, Loblaws, Bulk Bark, Food Basics, WalMart, etc.   Limited second level office space is also available.

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Brentcom Realty Corp. – 613/726-7323


Gringo Twist in Washington Airport……

La Carnita, the licensed full service Taqueria and Mexican street food concept, has opened its first location in the United States in the Baltimore Washington International Airport in Maryland.  The franchise concept is part of the Toronto-based Monarch & Misfits hospitality group and this latest location is owned by franchisee Larry Isaacs of Slip Hospitality. Originally a pop-up concept introduced in Toronto about six years ago, the La Carnita brand has evolved into a chain of five casual restaurants in Toronto and Winnipeg and with additional franchises awarded in Canada, the United States and in Dubai.  Described as ‘a celebration of urban culture’, the restaurants feature street-art décor and a menu of street-inspired tacos, tortilla chips, Mexican meatballs, rice and corn frituras, salads, etc. La Carnita, which translates as ‘little meats’ referring to a cuisine originating in Western Mexico.  The units generally operate in 2500 to 3500 square foot high traffic street front locations in urban environments.  Monarch & Misfits’ Chief Development Officer Jeff Young adds that the chain continues to explore opportunities.


top_bannerCATEGORY: Casual
Chain Name: La Carnita
Company Name: Monarch & Misfits
Mailing Address: 44 Upjohn Rd., Toronto, Ontario M3B 2W1
Tel:   647/888-8420          Fax:
Email:      Website:
Menu Specialty:  Mexican street food with a Gringo twist
Introduced: Originally a pop-up concept, the restaurants were launched in mid-2011
No. of Locations: Four in Toronto. One in Winnipeg, One in U.S.
Areas of Operation:
Types of Location:  Urban, high character street front units
Business Type (corp., franchise, jv): Corporate, Joint venture, Franchise
Size Req’d:
2500 to 3500 sq.ft. &  4000 to 4400 sq.ft. when combined with Sweet Jesus
Special Requirements: Patio preferred
Contact Name: Jeff Young, Chief Development Officer (
Monarch & Misfits, Toronto, Ontario
Related Chains:  Sweet Jesus
Last Report: Developers & Chains #1732




Atlantic Canada Plans Too…….

Montreal-based quick casual vegan eatery, Copper Branch is planning growth in Atlantic Canada and is currently seeking franchisees and space for its expansion.  The company has retained Twin Oaks Management to develop in the Atlantic markets. Twin Oaks Management, based out of Moncton, New Brunswick, has over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry.  The three year old Copper Branch offers a 100 percent plant-based menu with gluten-free, certified non-GMO, and organic products.   The units also include a breakfast menu along with the sandwiches, wraps, burgers, chili and soups, etc. as well as desserts, smoothies, organic teas and fair trade organic coffees.  Currently there are over 15 locations with several more currently under construction, with its highest concentration in Quebec and Ontario. A spokesperson at Twin Oaks Management noted that a minimum of 400 square feet is required for a mall kiosk location and between 600 and 2000 square feet for a street/strip/pad location with seating.  Tony Flanz at Think Retail is responsible for the real estate search in the larger projects nationally.


top_bannerCATEGORY: 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: Over 15 in Quebec and Ontario.  Plans for 20 in 2018 and 20 in 2019.
Areas of Operation: National with initial focus on Quebec, Ontario, Alberta & British Columbia
Types of Location:  Office and Mixed use, Super Regional Malls, High Streets, Power & Outlet centres, etc.
Business Type (corp., franchise, jv):
Size Req’d:
400 to 2000 sq.ft.
Special Requirements (patio, drive-thru, etc):
Contact Name:
Rio Infantino – CEO, Founder
(Atlantic Canada) Twin Oaks Management, 1888 Mountain Rd., Suite 3A, Moncton, New Brunswick E1G 1A9 Tel: 506/866-7898 (Katie Enman-
(Larger Projects - Canada) Think Retail, 6600 Decarie Blvd., Suite 210, Montreal, Quebec H3X 2K4 Tel: 514/731-7936 (Tony Flanz –
(Atlantic Canada) Twin Oaks Management, 1888 Mountain Rd., Suite 3A, Moncton, New Brunswick E1G 1A9 Tel: 506/866-7898 (Katie Enman-
PARENT COMPANY: Copper Branch Corp., Montreal, Quebec
Related Chains:
Last Report:
Developers & Chains #1732





In Dominant Shopping Node……

Reno Augellone and Stephanie White Willitts at Shindico Realty are marketing for lease 1600 to 14,000 square feet of space in a building at 1400 Sargent Ave. and St. James St. in Winnipeg’s Polo Park shopping node. A Brewer’s Direct shares the site that is directly across from Real Canadian Superstore and Rona and nearby a Walmart Supercentre.  The node is dominated by large national retailers and serves shoppers from all over Manitoba.  The space offers twelve foot, clear ceiling heights and a redevelopment will be ready for Summer 2018.  Over 58,900 people live within a three kilometre radius of the site and the daytime population is more than 85,300 people.  The median age is about 37 and the average household income is in excess of $76,780 per year. More than 18,600 vehicles pass the site daily.

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Shindico Realty Inc., 200 - 1355 Taylor Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3Y9 (Reno Augellone – 204/928-8223 & Stephanie White Willitts – 204/928-8228


1st in QC in May…..

In 2017, Crest Foods, Inc., the franchisor of Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, signed a franchise development agreement with Val d’Or, Quebec-based Carole Carrier to open an initial three cafés in Quebec. The first café is planned to open in May 2018 in an indoor amusement park in Val-d’Or in northwestern Quebec.  Ms. Carrier is the co-founder and co-owner of the Groupe Mirault, a family business that has acquired a 60,000 square foot commercial building that will be an indoor children's amusement centre with a food court area. The first franchise in the province will be in the food court. The premium bakery cafés serve up freshly baked cookies, customized cookie cakes, a wide assortment of freshly baked confections, ice creams, smoothies, cold beverages and premium coffees.  “We have made a concerted effort to expand our bakery café concept throughout Canada, and thanks to outstanding franchisee partners like Carole, our vision is quickly coming to life,” said Rudy Frederico, Vice President of Franchise Development for Crest Foods, Inc. “I have great confidence in Carole and we look forward to working with her to introduce the people of Quebec to our amazing bakery café concept.”  Based in Richardson, Texas, the company currently franchises more than 150 bakery cafés in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Middle East.  The chain has just completed a year of rapid growth across North America, as well as overseas. It opened 21 new cafés in established and new markets in the United States as well as eleven throughout the Middle East in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Lebanon.  “Thanks to our outstanding franchise partners here in the U.S. and in our international markets, we continued our strong growth pace over the past year,” said Frederico.  “We’ve also been successful in attracting outstanding new franchisees, which sets us up nicely for another excellent year in 2018.” More expansion is planned for the months ahead with Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip projected to open 16 more cafés in the Middle East, the first café in Quebec in Val d’Or, and all total, expect to open up to 35 additional cafés system-wide in 2018.  Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip cafes operate in in-line units of 1500 to 2000 square feet and kiosks can be in a 300 to 400 square foot range.


Groupe Mirault, 25 Roland Masse St., Val d’Or, Quebec J9P 0E3 (819/874-6476
Crest Foods Inc., 101 West Renner Rd., Suite 240, Richardson, Texas 75082 (214/495-9533

Completes Merger, Signs Another…….

In late January, retail and brand-focused licensed cannabis producer Hiku Brands Co. Ltd. announced the completion of the merger between DOJA Cannabis Co. Ltd. and TS Brandco Holdings Inc., operating as Tokyo Smoke, creating Hiku, a premium cannabis brand house with vertically integrated operations.  Hiku becomes a craft cannabis producer with a significant national retail footprint and a growing portfolio of premium cannabis lifestyle brands, DOJA, Tokyo Smoke and Van der Pop, with a tailored assortment of adult-use, premium cannabis products that be retailed under each brand across Canada.  Hiku Brands operates six Tokyo Smoke cafés and one DOJA café in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia offering coffee, legal cannabis accessories and clothing and plans are to open ‘dispensing stores’ in provinces that allow private cannabis retail.  Hiku is led by CEO Alan Gertner and Trent Kitsch as President of Hiku.  In connection with the completion of the merger, Hiku added three new members to its board of directors. Alan Gertner, CEO joins Hiku's board along with co-founder of Tokyo Smoke, Lorne Gertner and Charles Broderick.  Then, on February 1st, Hiku Brands Co. Ltd. announced it has entered into an agreement acquire 100 percent of Maïtri Group Inc., a Quebec-based cannabis accessory and design brand. The proposed acquisition represents the first brand acquisition by Hiku.  The purchase of Maïtri is a key part of Hiku's strategy to build a portfolio of iconic cannabis brands and ensure the highly variable needs of Canadian cannabis consumers are met in each province. Quebec is expected to represent more than 25 percent of Canada's cannabis market, with analysts estimating that the current cannabis market is worth over $1.5-billion a year in the province.   Maïtri was founded in Montreal in 2017 by Phillippe Depault and partner Alex Lalancette has since become a destination for modern cannabis consumers, focused on premium, Quebec-made cannabis accessories, education, innovation and community.

Hiku Brands Company Ltd. –

Now Looking at DT Van………

For years, Papa Greek has been preparing its authentic Greek foods with everything traditional, from the preparation methods right down to the Greek spices used. Wherever possible, the restaurants source fresh, local ingredients. The restaurants feature a menu consisting of roast lamb, potatoes, souvlaki, falafels, donairs, wraps, salads, gelato and smoothies.  The quick service restaurants offer full lunch and dinner meals in less than ten minutes. Presently there are two of the upscale Papa Greek restaurants in Maple Ridge and Burnaby in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.  The company has just completed an agreement with Shape Properties and will be opening a 1100 square foot unit in the High Street Village in Abbotsford in late Spring/early Summer 2018.  Continued growth is anticipated as the company is now looking at expansion in opportunities in downtown Vancouver. Michael Anderson of Northern Vision Realty Advisors Inc. is handling the real estate search for the company. The company is actively seeking shopping centres that have a strong food court component as well as suitable street locations. Sites near transit hubs are of particular interest. The restaurants require 1000 to 1200 square feet with 200 amps and gas service.

top_bannerCATEGORY: Quick Service
Chain Name: Papa Greek
Company Name: Papa Greek
Mailing Address: 110-7515 Market Crossing, Burnaby, British Columbia
Tel:  604/466-4060        Fax:
Email:            Website:
Menu Specialty:  An authentic fresh Greek menu consisting of roast lamb, potatoes, souvlaki, falafels, donairs, wraps, salads, gelato and smoothies.
Introduced: First opened in Maple Ridge, BC in March 2012
No. of Locations: Two.  Third scheduled for Abbotsforth in Spring/Summer 2018.
Areas of Operation: Vancouver & Surrounding Communities.
Types of Location:  Plazas, Centres, Streetfront, etc.
Business Type:
Presently corporate, Planning franchises in the future.
Size Req’d:
1000 to 1200 sq.ft.
Special Requirements: 
High traffic, 200 amps of 3 phase power, one ton HVAC per 300 square feet and the ability to add make-up air, Near transit hubs.
Contact Name:
Northern Vision Realty Advisors Inc., 257 West 28th St., North Vancouver, British Columbia V7N 2H9 Tel: 604/374-1171 (Michael Anderson –          
Papa Greek, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Related Chains:
Last Report:
Developers & Chains #1732




GTA by 2020/2021…….. 

SkySpa a unique urban open-air spa concept that combines various features including Finnish saunas, California baths, Turkish hammam, etc. The full service spa focuses on relaxation, well-being, leisure and entertainment with its various packages. The spa has operated in Quartier Dix 30 in Brossard since late 2007 and on the 17th floor of office tower on Laurier Blvd. in Quebec City. The company also operates the Nordic Spa concept in Magog in Eastern Quebec. Currently SkySpa is in negotiations for several sites.  Depending on the outcome of the discussions, units could open in downtown Montreal and in Ottawa later this year followed by a location in Laval in 2019.  In addition, SkySpa is planning to open in the greater Toronto market by 2020/2021. Robert Constantin of Intercom Services Immobiliers is handling the real estate search for the chain and explains that 15,000 to 20,000 square foot units with a terrace area are required for the corporately-owned spas.  Two level locations are considered though top-floor space is required for the spa’s open-air station.

top_bannerCategory:  Health, Wellness, Fitness
Chain Banner: SkySpa
Company Name: SkySpa
Location Address: 6000 de Rome Blvd., 4th Floor, Brossard, Quebec J4Y 0B6
Tel: 450/462-9111 & 866/656-9111       Fax:
Email:     Website:
Principal Use:
Open-air spa concept combining various features including Finnish saunas, California baths, Turkish hammam, etc
Introduced:  Late 2007
No. of Locations: Two SkySpa locations, Brossard & Quebec City.
Areas of Operation:
Types of Locations Preferred:
Size Required:
15,000 to 20,000 sq.ft.
Special Requirements:
A terrace area and open space required for open-air station
Business Type: Corporate
Company Contacts:

Real Estate Representatives: Intercom Services Immobiliers, 1190 Place Nobel, Boucherville, Quebec J4B 5L2  Tel: 450/655-1334 (Robert Constantin –
Franchise Representatives:
Parent Company: SkySpa, Brossard, Quebec
Related Retail Chains:
Nordic Spa
Last Report: 
Developers & Chains, #1732




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