The US-based boutique eyewear chain SEE Eyewear plans to open additional Canadian locations, based on the success of its flagship Toronto location, according to an article from retail-insider.com. SEE Eyewear operates 40 locations in the United States, and currently a single location in Canada.
The concept behind SEE Eyewear, founded in 1988 by Richard Golden, is “high quality, one-of-a-kind styles at an affordable price.” SEE sells their in-house designs for between $199 and $599 for eyeglasses and at $149 for sunglasses, and produces only a limited number of each frame.
SEE Eyewear’s first Canadian location was an 812 square foot boutique on Cumberland Street in the Yorkville area of Toronto.”Yorkville has a vibrant neighbourhood vibe that we love. It is the most ideal area SEE could ever choose for its flagship Canadian store,” said Golden of the location for their first Canadian store. “We love settings with a great cross section of style savvy pedestrians and good co-tenancy in the area.”
Retail Insider reports that Queen Street West and mall locations in the Greater Toronto Area are next on the list for SEE Eyewear’s expansion. “We look forward to adding more locations throughout the city as well as other great Canadian towns from which many of their residents are longtime SEE lovers in our locations outside of Canada,” says Golden. They are also targeting multiple locations in Vancouver and Montreal, but told Retail Insider to expect “only a handful opening every year.”