TORONTO - The wave of foreign retail chains entering Canada is set to yet make another splash with the impending arrivals of Ted Baker and Kate Spade.
British fashion brand Ted Baker London and U.S.-based Kate Spade New York will make their entry into the Canadian marketplace this fall with standalone stores at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
Both brands will open their first Canadian boutiques in the mall's expansion wing in November, with Kate Spade occupying a 1,600 square-foot (148.6 square-metre) boutique, while Ted Baker is slated to have a 3,245 square-foot (301.4 square-metre) space.
Ted Baker opened its first store in Glasgow in 1988, and has since expanded to open international storefronts. The retailer offering an expansive array of apparel and accessories for men and women.
Kate Spade is perhaps best known for its range of signature handbags, but the label also features clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery and glasses.
The U.K. and U.S.-based companies will be joined at Yorkdale by Ann Taylor and Loft, which are both under the umbrella of New York-based parent company, Ann Inc. The womenswear brands will also be making their first forays into Canada.
The flurry of foreign chains setting up shop in Canada has progressed at a steady clip in recent years. Intermix, Marshalls, Express, Tory Burch, Topshop, Topman and J. Crew are among the U.S. and international brands who have recently established bricks-and-mortar locations.
Minneapolis-based discount giant Target is slated to opens its doors north of the border in 2013.