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L.L. Bean set to open first store in Canada

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L.L. Bean set to open first store in Canada

L.L. Bean set to open first store in Canada
L.L. Bean is poised to open its first store in Canada.

The Maine-based retailer announced Thursday that the 13,000-square-foot (1,210-sq. meter) store will open Aug. 23 in Oakville Place, just outside of Toronto.

The retailer announced last year that it would be looking to open stores in Canada over the next decade. It also launched a Canadian-specific website last month.
Hopefully this and future Canadian stores will accept returns of merchandise purchased in the US ;)
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As I recall...
You & I posted / chatted about this last year
(I will try to locate that old thread ... and post a link here) **

LL Bean created a Cdn Website (far longer than a month ago)
And did a soft launch of some pop up stores / kiosks during the Christmas 2018 season

I say...
Bring it on
They are a great retailer

And yes, I imagine they’ll be set up in Canada to accept returns from any store the goods were purchased at
Just like they are in the USA

** found it = Nov 2018
l-l-bean-looks-canada-mec-hbc-et-al-boo ... #p30022077
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You can't return US goods to a Canadian retailer, they are separate companies.
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lecale wrote: You can't return US goods to a Canadian retailer, they are separate companies.
That's why I said "hopefully." Currently LL Bean has a Montreal depot where one can send returned merchandise that was originally bought in the US. It's not unreasonable to suppose that the new Canadian store(s) could use the same mechanism.
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lecale wrote: You can't return US goods to a Canadian retailer, they are separate companies.
...and you're an expert on this broad topic, how?

There are a number of companies that allow returns from one country to another. Sure. Many don't, but some do. We will have to wait until LL Bean publishes their corporate return policies before we know for sure.
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bylo wrote: That's why I said "hopefully." Currently LL Bean has a Montreal depot where one can send returned merchandise that was originally bought in the US. It's not unreasonable to suppose that the new Canadian store(s) could use the same mechanism.
Just checked llbean.ca and all returns, whether purchased in the US or Canada, go through the Montreal depot

https://www.llbean.ca/international-returns-canada.html
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Finally something decent comes to Oakville Place..... i just hope that they dont close the location after a year or two just like what happened to pusateri's
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Bought a bathrobe from them a few weeks back and it shipped duty free from the states. A bit slow getting here but I couldn't be happier.
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Hopefully this won't be another target in the making
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Pochacco wrote: Hopefully this won't be another target in the making
No way

LL Bean KNOWS Cdns
That was Targets greatest downfall ... they assumed Cdns were just Americans living abroad :rolleyes:
We aren’t
We like similar things ... but our values are slightly different

LL Bean out of Northern Maine since 1912
Has been selling to Cdns pretty much since Day One

They have been studying the possibility of expanding stores into Canada for quite a long time
They just want to get it 100% right
Not a rush half @ss job here like Target did
I am confident they will be totally on the mark (pun intended)
As they take on this new marketplace & the competition
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Should build one next door to every J.J. Bean coffee place.
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Kind of interesting that it doesn't appear that they're opening an HQ in Canada. Maybe they're just waiting for more stores.
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shoppingguy wrote: It appears that they are partnering with Hudson's Bay in Canada. Here is a job advertisement for a sales associate: https://www.eluta.ca/spl/designated-sel ... 325e88cdf8
How did you find that ad ... Is that recent ?

Cuz they were working with HBC over Christmas as part of their Pop Up Store / Kiosks concept
(See my Reply # 2 above )

And this news story from November 2018 = https://www.theglobeandmail.com/busines ... expansion/

So I think you’ll find that ad was old
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PointsHubby wrote: How did you find that ad ... Is that recent ?

Cuz they were working with HBC over Christmas as part of their Pop Up Store / Kiosks concept
(See my Reply # 2 above )

And this news story from November 2018 = https://www.theglobeandmail.com/busines ... expansion/

So I think you’ll find that ad was old
The ad says it was posted June 7, 2019. (http://www.hbc.monstermediaworks.ca/en/ ... rt_Time%29)
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shoppingguy wrote: The ad says it was posted June 7, 2019. (http://www.hbc.monstermediaworks.ca/en/ ... rt_Time%29)
Interesting

Do wonder though if that isn’t for the Instore kiosk @ HBC as mentioned in this story

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/busines ... expansion/
But it’ll be doing things differently in Canada, where the company is partnering with Toronto-based Jaytex Group to distribute L.L. Bean products to Canadian retailers like Sporting Life, Hudson’s Bay, Mountain Equipment Co-Op and SportChek.

Under the agreement, Jaytex also will open L.L. Bean-branded stores in Canada, starting with the first store in the Toronto area in 2019. The goal is to open 20 stores across Canada within 10 years, said Howie Kastner, president of Jaytex Group.
A quick google does prove that that statement (and others in that news article) made on October 31, 2018 has rolled out in the timeframe & Order stated

And there are indeed LL Bean Products in some standalone Bay Stores...

Sort of in the same way other Big Brands have featured areas inside Bay Stores (areas designated for Ralph Lauren, Nautica, etc)

Not saying you are wrong... just that I would think that if LL Bean was hiring their job ad would be featuring their logo, and info about the fact they have 1 lone Store location (otherwise the GTA is a very big area).

In my investigations, I did find these interesting pages on the new store in Oakville:

LL Bean Website - Store Listing = https://www.llbean.ca/OakvillePlace.htm ... oming_soon

Retail Insider (March 2019) = https://www.retail-insider.com/retail-i ... -in-canada

Looks awesome. Lol, now looking forward to my next visit to TO
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shoppingguy wrote: The ad says it was posted June 7, 2019. (http://www.hbc.monstermediaworks.ca/en/ ... rt_Time%29)
The G&M article in OP [behind a paywall] says LL Bean's stores will be managed by Jaytex Group. Jaytex specializes in retail management and runs stores for other names. So unlike Target, they seem to recognize that retail in Canada is different from the US. Using a third party like Jaytex also reduces Bean's financial risks.
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My big worry here is for LL Bean surviving is pricing and location.

$75 sweatshirts and $190 Oxfords aren't exactly for everyone and Oakville Place is not a large destination mall with big foot traffic.

I'm excited the store is coming and I will go check it out for sure but I fear the store's life could be short given the competitive landscape.
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Oooo good news, looking forward to seeing some deals on LL Bean products!
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xeodragon wrote: Oooo good news, looking forward to seeing some deals on LL Bean products!
For the record ...

LL Bean doesn’t have a lot of sales
(been a Customer for decades ... both Instore & Online)

The two best sources for deals
Are CLEARANCE Merchandise ...
Racks Instore, and pages online

Or the few times a year they have 25% Off Sales

Those tend to correspond with US Holidays 3 or 4 times a year
Washington’s Bday = Mid February (Canada = Family Day Wkend)
Labour Day
US Thanksgiving / Black Friday / Cyber Monday

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