U.S.-based outdoor specialty retailer L.L.Bean has announced its first brick-and-mortar location in Canada will open this year in Oakville Place in suburban Toronto. The 14,205 square foot Oakville Place store will be located in the retail space recently vacated by upscale Toronto-based grocery chain Pusateri’s Fine Foods.
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L.L.Bean partnered with Toronto-based distributor The Jaytex Group on the Canadian expansion, including L.L.Bean’s current wholesale distribution as well as a retail expansion that could see 20 branded L.L.Bean stores open in Canada over the next decade. Privately-owned Jaytex Group was founded in 1978 and features a portfolio of private label and lifestyle brands licensed in Canada.