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 business dreams.
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.
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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
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