Toronto's retail scene has experienced an influx of hip global brands in recent years, and the wave is only speeding up. From discount designer clothes to Canada's version of Trader Joe's (hey, we're getting closer to the real thing), there's lots to be excited for next year.
Here are some of the most exciting brands coming to Toronto next year.
Fans of Filipino fast food have been waiting a long time for Toronto's first Jollibee restaurant. The company announced its expansion here more than two-and-a-half years ago, but we'll finally see two locations – one in Scarborough and one in Mississauga – open next year.
This popular, China-based, self-described "Japanese lifestyle brand" will expand into Toronto this year after a successful October launch in Pickering. Often described as a competitor to Dollarama, you'll find everything from cosmetics to electronics here for between $2.99 and $5.
At long last, Nordstrom's "off-price retail division" is gearing up for its Canadian launch at One Bloor Street East. The Rack will offer local fashionistas savings of between 30 and 70 per cent off regular prices on merchandise from its fancier, but much pricier department stores.
One of France's leading fitness chains is set to bring its ethos of "le sport bonheur" to The 6ix sometime in the new year. The new gym will be located on Yonge Street, just south of Wellesley, and feature a bike studio, an elliptical studio, seven learning classrooms and more.
Often billed as "Canada's answer to Trader Joe's," this grocery store chain already operates 29 locations in Ontario. The company's CEO says they're now looking to open as many as 12 stores in Toronto, beginning next year with the launch of a gigantic "food experience" in Etobicoke.
by Lauren O'Neil via blogTO