Crate and Barrel opens its first international store in Toronto



    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - On Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at
10:00 a.m., Crate and Barrel will welcome shoppers to its first international
location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. The two-level, 35,000 square
foot store will offer the Canadian customer a world of excellent design in
home furnishings and accessories, homewares and giftwares - almost all of it
exclusive to Crate and Barrel. The merchandise emphasizes colour, distinctive
lines, interesting shapes and above all, value.
    "Crate and Barrel was originally created to offer special, unique
products for the home, thoughtfully designed with value in mind," says Barbara
Turf, CEO. "The company is very excited to now be able to offer Canadians the
full Crate and Barrel experience in our first store outside of the United
States."
    The second floor of Crate and Barrel can be reached by elevator and
escalator, and the entire design of the store leads customers through
beautifully-accessorized vignettes. Besides the full collection of innovative
and well-designed home furnishings, the store will also feature the popular
Crate and Barrel Gift Registry, with exclusive in-store Wedding Parties where
couples will receive one-on-one attention and suggestions on their registry
from Crate and Barrel.
    Crate and Barrel enthusiasts living outside the Toronto area need not
worry; Canadians from coast to coast will be able to order from Crate and
Barrel by calling 1.888.657.4108.

    Crate and Barrel was founded in 1962 by Gordon and Carole Segal. The
newly married couple felt there must be other young couples like themselves,
with more taste than money. They imported well-designed tabletop products from
Europe, and with no extra budget for fixtures, displayed the items on the
shipping crates and barrels in which they had arrived. In the 46 years since
the first Crate and Barrel opened, the family of stores has consistently
expanded and is today considered a leader in the home furnishings industry,
having been awarded many honours in design, architecture and innovative retail
concepts. With the opening of the Toronto store, Crate and Barrel now has 163
stores. For further information on Crate and Barrel Canada, please visit
www.crateandbarrel.ca.

    Media Note: Crate and Barrel Founder Gordon Segal and CEO Barbara Turf
are available for interviews on Wednesday, September 24th from 10:30 a.m. -
1:30 p.m. at the store. A preview party will also be held on September 24th
from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. in support of Toronto's Ronald McDonald House. To
schedule an interview or to RSVP to the party, please contact OverCat
Communications, 416.966.9970: Audrey Hyams Romoff, ext. 222 or Kristin Mills,
ext .225.
    Crate and Barrel is happy to facilitate product loan requests beginning
Monday, September 29th following the store's grand opening. For requests and
further information please contact OverCat Communications.

    
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For further information:

For further information: OverCat Communications, (416) 966-9970: Audrey
Hyams Romoff, ext. 222, cell: (647) 223-9970 or Kristin Mills, ext. 225, cell:
(416) 407-8803

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