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U.S. shoe chain DSW coming to Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / July 10, 2014

dsw torontoA few months ago, I rounded up a list of the stores we Torontonians most wish would expand into Toronto. Local shoe lovers, it looks like your specific subset of prayers have been answered: Designer Shoe Warehouse, better known as DSW, is finally expanding into Canada under the umbrella of Town Shoes, with two new stores opening August 7.

The U.S. chain's first Toronto-area store will be at Heartland Centre in Mississauga; there's also one set to open at Woodland Hills in Newmarket. At this point, they seem to be skipping urban proximity in favour of outlet-store-worthy size: both stores will offer about 20,000 square feet of discounted shoes by the likes of Nine West, Cole Haan and Sam Edelman.

Now, then, Uniqlo - got something to announce? Anything. Anything at all.

Photo by Dwight Burdette via the Wikimedia Commons.

Discussion

20 Comments

horizoncarrie / July 10, 2014 at 10:23 am
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Um..those arent Toronto locations.
Dan / July 10, 2014 at 11:14 am
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Really hoping for a Uniqlo.
Stu / July 10, 2014 at 11:54 am
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You people honestly think they'd be able to open something like this in Toronto? Where's the space? Common sense would think its in the GTA.
jen replying to a comment from Rick / July 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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Nobody wants to go to Mississauga.
Amy replying to a comment from Rick / July 10, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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Cool I'll just rent a bixi/city bike and head west can't be that far.
Aaron / July 10, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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Best to support Canadian businesses in Canada than U.S. ones coming here.
debbie / July 10, 2014 at 01:12 pm
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now we are just waiting for Trader Joe's!
Kate replying to a comment from Aaron / July 10, 2014 at 02:58 pm
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US company that opens here in Canada still creates jobs and pay taxes. They pump our economy.
Cynthia / July 10, 2014 at 03:27 pm
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Isn't DSW basically a nicer version of The Shoe Company?
Raquel replying to a comment from Stu / July 10, 2014 at 03:39 pm
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Well, there is room. I've been in urban DSW locations.
It will just take a bit longer for them to scout/or propose a location in a Toronto, in size it's similar to a Winners, or Marshall's size, they are downtown now it will just take a bit longer.
Sandman / July 10, 2014 at 04:58 pm
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So, it's really just a Towns Shoes store ....
Monika / July 10, 2014 at 05:27 pm
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Nothing goes better with a box of Krispy Kreme original glazed like "designer" shoes at discount prices.
Thimbel / July 10, 2014 at 06:07 pm
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Yes Ive been to DSW stores in downtown cores. Theres one at Union Square in NYC
Mobb Deep / July 10, 2014 at 06:08 pm
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Yall twisted
nv replying to a comment from Kate / July 10, 2014 at 08:50 pm
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There aren't extra jobs, just jobs that are shifted from a Canadian owned company to a U.S. owned company. Money ends up leaving the country rather than staying here. Wonder how many Canadian companies will end up bankrupt as a result of another US based store opening here..
Ray replying to a comment from nv / July 10, 2014 at 09:29 pm
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The jobs aren't shifted. Look how many jobs Target Canada has created? Where did they shift from? Retail jobs are always out there whether a Canadian Company or American. Walmart Canada, Target Canada, McDonalds Canada, Sears Canada, all have set up head offices in Canada, Winners Marshalls all employ thousands of people.
Ray replying to a comment from nv / July 10, 2014 at 09:32 pm
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Why do people get so concerned when its foreign retail companies BUT have no problem going to Starbucks, MCDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Dominoes, etc, etc.

Should Tim Hortons, Joe Fresh and LuLuLemon be stopped from opening in the USA and internationally?
Ray replying to a comment from nv / July 10, 2014 at 09:35 pm
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Ohh and also Roots has store internationally as well just not Canada.

I'D RATHER HAVE THE FOREIGN COMPANIES OPEN UP SHOP HERE TO EMPLOY PEOPLE AND HELP OUR ECONOMY INSTEAD OF WHAT ALOT ARE DOING AND JUST ALLOWING FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AND SHIPPING TO CANADA FROM THEIR US WEBSITE, NOW THAT'S PUTTING MONEY STRAIGHT INTO THE USA
Trina / July 10, 2014 at 09:43 pm
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Y'all know Subway Sandwiches, Heinz Ketchup, French's Mustard, and Lays Chips aren't Canadian right? What y'all be puttin on your sandwiches?
Lucie / August 7, 2014 at 09:35 pm
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The store opened in Mississauga today. Guess Ill have to continue visiting Syracuse or Memphis locations that offer more selections in lager sizes (11).

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