Chico's FAS’ expansion plans are taking it outside U.S. borders, to Canada. The women's apparel retailer is opening a White House Black Market store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto on Oct. 24, and will follow it up with an opening at Square One, Mississauga on Oct. 29, as well as an opening at Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket on November 12.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Square One are owned by Oxford Properties Group and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo).Upper Canada Mall is owned by Oxford Properties Group and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).
The store front design at Yorkdale Shopping Centre will include a mix of design elements and materials including white Carrara marble, polished chrome, black lacquer panels, striped fabric awnings, and an oversized cut-crystal chandelier.
The interior of the White House Black Market boutiques will have an over-arching black-and-white palette that incorporates currated finishes including wood and marble floors, beautiful crystal chandeliers and sconces, mirrored accents, striped satin draperies and velvet upholstery. The furniture selection combines lacquered wood, polished chrome, molded aluminum, marble and glass.
"We believe Canada is a great first foray into the international arena for Chico's FAS, as it represents a natural extension of our brands," said David Dyer, president and CEO of Chico's FAS, Inc. "From our robust customer file, we already know that there are a significant number of Chico's FAS customers in Canada."