According to Retail Insider, Massachusetts based footwear brand Rockport will open five Canadian locations this year, including two flagships and its first for British Columbia. In June, the Rockport Vancouver flagship will open in Pacific Centre’s new expansion below Nordstrom, joining new retailers such as Kate Spade, Microsoft, Hugo Boss, Weekend Max Mara, and the expanded Apple Store.
According to Rockport’s Retail Operations and Real Estate Manager, Shawn Kotania, the new locations will reflect the brand’s brighter interior aesthetic, as opposed to darker interiors characteristic of some Rockport stores.
Founded in Massachusetts in 1972, Rockport is known for comfortable, well-made footwear. Last month, Boston-based athletic shoe maker New Balance and Berkshire Partners bought Rockport for $280 million US.
Rockport currently operates eight ‘concept stores’ in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa, Laval and Halifax. It also operates 15 outlets with locations in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island.