ASICS Shuts Only Full-Priced Canadian Store in Toronto

Japanese athletic fashion and footwear brand ASICS has shut its only total-priced Canadian storefront in Toronto. The brand name proceeds to operate a community of outlet retailers in this state. 

ASICS opened its Canadian flagship store in a house spanning 4,400 square toes in March of 2018 at 364 Queen Street West. The two-degree retail outlet highlighted a array of footwear and fashions. The retail place was occupied by retailer Guess ahead of ASICS leased the place which is neighboured by a MAC cosmetics shop on one facet and a Nobis flagship retailer on the other. 

A CIBC lender is now less than building to replace ASICS. CIBC is relocating from a nearby corner retail space at Queen and Spadina streets for subway development. A new subway station at the corner will be part of the Ontario Line. 

Richard Sullivan, who in 2018 was head of ASIC Canada and is now CEO of North America, said when the retail store opened, “The flagship store represents the new course of the manufacturer, providing individuals a brand name experience aimed at celebrating motion, though offering them the most effective of our products and solutions throughout equally general performance and life style, greater catering to their desires.”

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The Queen Street ASICS prior to closing. Photo: JLL

ASICS was expected to open entire-priced standalone suppliers in important Canadian markets following the opening of the Queen Street flagship in Toronto. ASICS was also in enlargement manner in the United States at the time. A flagship keep opened in New York Metropolis at 579 5th Avenue in December of 2017, and the store closed in early 2021. The business was having difficulties fiscally immediately after losses linked to the pandemic and its lockdowns. 

“Amid the uncertainties about when the novel coronavirus sickness (COVID-19) pandemic will end, the firm will further more enhance the profitability of the North American small business by closing this keep, thinking about the enterprise danger of continuing to work the retail outlet and other factors,” ASICS stated at the time of closing.

The brand name continues to work seven outlet stores in Canada. 4 are in Ontario which includes at the Toronto Quality Shops in Halton Hills, Vaughan Mills, Outlet Assortment at Niagara, and Tanger Stores Ottawa. There are also outlet stores at the McArthurGlen Outlets in the vicinity of Vancouver, CrossIron Mills around Calgary and at the Outlet Assortment Winnipeg. The brand is also accessible wholesale in some multi-brand vendors. 

ASICS was established by Kihachiro Onitsuka in 1949 in Kobe. The brand rose to global prominence more than the many years for its unique and modern layouts. A classic variety of ASICS footwear are created and sold beneath the Onitsuka Tiger label. at?v=V-70xajM4Oc

Latest CIBC at Queen and Spadina (Impression: Dustin Fuhs)
Former ASICS at 364 Queen St W (Graphic: Dustin Fuhs)
Former ASICS at 364 Queen St W (Graphic: Dustin Fuhs)

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