It's Canada Day, the perfect time to reflect on a wishlist of U.S. brands we'd like to welcome north of the border. Right?
The arrival of Target and Marshalls hardly signify the end of the U.S. retail invasion; in fact, many cross-border shoppers' favourite stops have yet to come. Here are some U.S. brands headed Canada's way:
<strong>Nordstrom</strong> The luxury department store chain will open in Toronto’s Eaton Centre in 2016.
<strong>Chico’s</strong> The figure-flattering women’s wear chain will open its first three Canadian locations in the Greater Toronto Area later in 2014.
<strong>Designer Shoe Warehouse</strong> The U.S. discount shoe chain purchased a 44 per cent in Town Shoes earlier this year and is expected to open some of its big box style retail locations.
<strong>Sak’s Fifth Avenue</strong> Hudson Bay Co. has announced two Toronto locations for the high end U.S. retailer, one at the Eaton Centre in 2015 and the other at Sherway Gardens in 2016, but has said it may bring as many as seven to Canada. It will also bring as many as 75 more affordable Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th locations.
<strong>American Girl</strong> The doll store with a cult like following opened its first two Canadian stores inside Chapters/ Indigo stores in Toronto and Vancouver earlier this year and plans to roll out a cross-country expansion.
<strong>Dylan’s Candy Bar</strong> The brightly-coloured candy retailer founded by Ralph Lauren’s daughter Dylan is reportedly<a href="http://www.retail-insider.com/retail-insider/2014/5/dylans-candy-bar" target="_blank"> looking for retail space</a> in Canada.
<strong>Jimmy Choo</strong> The American women’s shoe designer is expected to open its first Canadian standalone store in Toronto’s Yorkdale mall later this year.
<strong>Bloomingdale's</strong> Ok this one is speculation at this point, but several retail sources in Canada since 2012 have reported this <a href="http://www.biv.com/article/20130409/BIV0102/304099933/0/SEARCH/E-commerce-shrinking-department-store-prospects" target="_blank">could be in the works</a>.
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One of Canada’s most storied and oldest retailers went bankrupt in 1999. The department stores founded by Timothy Eaton in 1869 became famous for their catalogues, sponsorship of the Toronto Santa Claus parade and the downtown Toronto shopping centre that still bears its name.
This chain of grocery stores was rebranded as A&P before it was bought out by Metro. We miss the chain founded in 1919, party because of those plastic grocery bins you could load onto a conveyor belt to get them outside, but mostly because of their awesome font.
Although Toronto is home to the Bata shoe museum, the chain has shuttered all of its Bata and Athlete’s World stores in the country where it was once based. It does, however, continue to sell footwear on almost every other continent. Pictured: Bata founder Tomas Bata.
Sam the Record Man
It was once Canada’s largest music retailer boasting “140 locations, coast to coast.” The chain was founded by Sam Sniderman in 1937. Along with A&A Records and Canada’s last national music store chain, Music World, it fell victim to the Internet age by the end of the 2000s.
A&A had noticeable flagship stores in downtown Toronto and downtown Montreal. It launched in the early 1960s and went bankrupt in 1991.
Even if you weren’t a fan of lumber shopping, how could you complain about being dragged through a store whose logo is an overall-clad, skipping beaver? Also, it was owned by Molson — yes, the beer people. What’s more Canadian than that?
This was THE convenience store chain -- known for its plastic jugs of milk -- for many small-town Ontarians before being sold to the parent company of rival Mac’s Convenience Stores in 1996. It was so Canadian, its chocolate milk got a shout-out in the special thanks section on many Rush albums.
Big V Drug Stores
Believe it or not, Ontario once had another pharmacy chain that gave Shoppers Drug Mart a real run for its money.
The It Store
This novelty-items store was where you could buy any Troll doll or Beanie Baby, or marvel at the dirty gift selections while pretending to shop for a Troll or Beanie Baby.
Kettle Creek Canvas Co.
For all your canvas clothing and accessories needs. The wallets and pencil cases were must-haves for 1980s Southern Ontario kids.
Ever since this retailer of cliched Canadian clothing shuttered, we have no idea where to get puffy paint sweatshirts with pictures of loons on them, or the ugly Christmas sweater for all of those trendy theme parties.
The home to discount menswear and flamed shirts galore was once an institution in malls across the country, but has been reduced to just a handful of shops in small-town malls.
Once a staple in every small town in Alberta and B.C., it had great, cheap jeans.
The classic Canadian “mom store” closed in 2011, after 30 years in operation.
A Zellers-esque chain perhaps best known to eastern Canadians, who might be familiar with the chain’s animated squirrel named Sparky.
The free popcorn made arguing over which VHS movie to rent bearable.
Zeddy! Need we say more?
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7: Sam's Club
Brand value: $13.5 billion (flat) Source: Interbrand 2014 rankings
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3: Home Depot
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