TORONTO, Aug. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - A milestone that only a handful of
Canadian fashion retail entrepreneurs achieve, WATCH IT!, an industry leader in innovative and fashionable watches and
accessories, celebrates 15 years in business this Fall 2014.
A decade and a half ago, in a market dominated by big box retailers, WATCH IT!'s founder Darren Bondar opened his first retail location in Edmonton,
Alberta. With four employees and an unrelenting thirst for
entrepreneurial success, Bondar set out to build a franchise brand that
would empower other Canadian entrepreneurs to attain their small
Today with over 30 locations, WATCH IT!'s diverse and impressive line-up of brands including Nixon, Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, Daniel Wellington, Guess, 88 Rue Du Rhone, Fossil, Bering, Movado, and more, combined with their highly personalized customer service,
has had a major impact on the Canadian-owned boutique retailer market.
With over 200 employees, WATCH IT! has seen sales growth of over 8,000% bringing the company from $300,000
in year 1 to over $25 million in its 15th year today.
"In such a competitive market of fashion, retail, Canadian small
business, WATCH IT!'s 15 year anniversary is an incredible milestone for us. WATCH IT! was founded with the mindset that it would attract likeminded
entrepreneurs to build a successful company," says Bondar. "From a
single storefront on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton to now 30 stores across Canada, we've created a leading retail brand that continues to
offer our customers the ultimate buying experience. I can't wait to see
what the next 15 years brings!"
In Fall 2014, WATCH IT! unveils new flagship concept stores in Vaughan Mills and Calgary,
featuring the first CASIO Shop-in-Shop in Canada, a new concept Tissot
Shop-in-Shop in the Calgary market, and the first Citizen Shop-in-Shop
in Calgary and the GTA. Additionally, WATCH IT! enters a new market in
the fall, with a store opening in Winnipeg.
For more information and/or interview requests with Darren Bondar,
About WATCH IT!
In November 1999, WATCH IT! launched its flagship boutique in Edmonton,
Alberta offering innovative and fashionable timepieces and high-quality
service. Today, WATCH IT! maintains its fundamental mandate while also
adding sunglasses and accessories to the mix. Through strong
partnerships with franchisees, WATCH IT! continues to flourish as one
of Canada's most well-recognized boutique retailers in the Canadian
retail industry. There are currently 30 WATCH IT! locations across
Canada. For more information and a full retailer listing link to: watchit.ca
SOURCE: WATCH IT!
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