It’s reported that MINISO Japan is in negotiations with Winnipeg malls to open sometime in 2017. The Japanese/Chinese store was established in 2013 and is based in China. Their marketing strategy resembles UNIQLO and MUJI which are quickly spreading across Canada.
MINISO Japan is a low-cost department store that specializes in household and consumer goods including cosmetics, stationery, toys, and kitchenware. It appears that the company has Dollarama and other value retailers on their radar. They aim to open 500 stores as a long term goal. However, their short term goal is 30 to 50 and soon.
CF Polo Park would seem the obvious location as well as St. Vital Centre.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the retail industry in Canada. Various stores have closed while many others have opened. It has been heady times. Meanwhile, Amazon continues to dominate the online industry.
New mall developments are adding other components like gyms, housing and entertainment. The Outlet Collection Winnipeg at Seasons of Tuxedo has a mix of almost everything including car dealerships and hotels.
Expect to hear an announcement for Winnipeg soon.
This has been a editorial by John Dobbin.
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