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Specialty retailer breaks into Canada


Destination XL is expanding its presence in North America.

The male apparel retailer is opening its first Canadian store in Ajax, Ontario. The 5,028-sq.-ft. location features more than 100 brands and thousands of styles from top designers, including Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Buffalo Jeans, Nautica, Levi’s and Cole Haan, as well as exclusive brands, such as Brooks Brothers and Lacoste. Private-label brands Harbor Bay, 28 Degrees, Oak Hill and True Nation, round out the assortment, DXL said.

The store is segmented into lifestyle assortments – essentials, active, club, studio, footwear, loungewear/clearance and traditional, streamlining shoppers’ navigation of brands and categories. On-site tailoring is also available.

“We are thrilled to be entering the Canadian market with our first store opening in Ajax, as we look to deliver the unparalleled DXL Men’s Apparel shopping experience to more customers across North America,” said David Levin, president and CEO of Destination XL Group. “We know that our customers who typically wear XL sizes have a harder time finding high-quality clothing and styles that look great and we’re committed to providing them with a superior solution.”

The chain plans to open a second store in April.

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