First Look: Woolrich in expansion mode as its enters Canada
America’s oldest outdoor clothing company has opened its first store in Canada, at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto, as part of a robust expansion strategy.
Woolrich International was created in November 2016 through a merger between Woolrich Europe and Woolrich Inc. The company plans to open more than 60 Woolrich stores worldwide by 2020, including two more in Canada.
The 2,800-sq.-ft. Woolrich at Yorkdale reflects the company’s 187-year old history, merged with a modern, sophisticated aesthetic. The facade features the venerable brand’s signature red-and-white black Woolrich Buffalo Check plaid. The interior, which reinterprets the brand’s global store concept designed by Japanese architecture firm Wonderwall, immerses shoppers in the world of Woolrich.
The store features Woolrich’s men’s and women’s collections, accessories along with its new footwear line.
Founded in 1830 in Pennsylvania, Woolrich is America’s oldest manufacturer of outdoor wear.
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Regional home improvement retailer sets store expansion
Pittsburgh-based Busy Beaver will be living up to its name next year.
The neighborhood home improvement retailer will open five new stores in 2018, including a location in March, in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Additional locations will be announced. Busy Beaver currently operates 18 stores in three states (Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia).
At 50,000 sq. ft. the Grove City location will be larger than the 35,000-sq.ft. average of its other 18 stores. It will feature an expanded seasonal department, an indoor lumber yard, a new farm and ranch department, and a designated contractor service center.
“We’re excited about our continued expansion plans for Busy Beaver during the next year across the entire region. Starting with Grove City, we’ll be pleased to offer local residents and businesses a customer-friendly store experience that addresses the needs of DIYers and supports local contractors,” said Joe Kallen, CEO, Busy Beaver. “As with all our stores, we want customers served by our new locations to know they can count on finding what they need, and getting friendly, expert help, every time they visit.”
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