06/24/2011 12:26 EDT | Updated 08/24/2011 05:12 EDT

J. Crew To Open First International Store In Toronto


THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - American fashion retailer J.Crew announced Friday that it will open its first Canadian store at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre in August.

The opening of the more than 5,000-square-foot store will mark the arrival of just the latest in a number of high-profile U.S. retailers either operating in Canada or planning to do so, including the anticipated entry into the Canadian market of discount retailer Target in 2013.

"We're so excited to be opening our first J.Crew store in Canada," company president and executive creative director Jenna Lyons said in a release.

"We're in the process of finalizing the look and feel of the store to be sure it's the absolute perfect backdrop for our carefully edited collections."

J.Crew merchandise first became available to shoppers in Canada in 1991 through its catalogue. The Toronto store, which will offer only women's clothing and accessories, is its first international venture. The company operates 251 stores in the United States, 219 under the J.Crew banner, along with 87 factory outlet locations.

Big name American brands already operating in Canada include Home Depot, Lowe's, Best Buy and Victoria's Secret among others.

Target is expected to open its first stores in Canada by 2013. It made a $1.8-million deal with Zellers in January to buy up to 220 of its store leases and plans to convert 100 to 150 of them to its own banner within the next two to three years.