Tumi will open its first free-standing Canadian store at 1033 Alberni Street in Vancouver. It will replace a Betsey Johnson store that formerly occupied the 1,500 square foot space. The Tumi store will be a licensed franchise.
For those unfamiliar, Tumi is a New Jersey-based manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of travel bags and accessories. It has more recently branched into the lucrative handbag retail market. Tumi has over 120 stores worldwide and over 200 shop-in-store locations.
A second Canadian Tumi store will open in Toronto in September, according to our Retail Insider ACT7 of Urban Toronto. More Canadian locations are expected to follow. Tumi products are also available at various Canadian retailers including Betty Hemmings, Harry Rosen, Holt Renfrew and Taschen! stores.
In addition, Vancouver’s Alberni Street will see the arrival of several other upscale retailers including Christian Dior, Tory Burch and De Beers. Mont Blanc recently opened a store around the corner at 717 Burrard Street and several more luxury retailers will be opening both on and near Vancouver’s Alberni Street.
Tumi website: www.tumi.com