Urban Barn opens Windsor
WINDSOR, Ontario – Furniture and home décor chain Urban Barn has opened a new store here while announcing it will open a new flagship store in its hometown Vancouver’s South Granville shopping district sometime later this year.
The new outlet can be found in this city’s recently redeveloped Walker Road Plaza previously home to an IKEA Canada Pick-Up and Order Point location.
The 10,500 square foot store will feature display furniture, wall décor, lighting and other accessories in a range of designs from urban contemporary to modern rustic for people who live in cities, suburbs and lakeside towns.
“It’s our mission to help Canadians create homes they love, so we’re excited to be spreading our reach further across the country,” company president Linda Letts said in a statement. “For people in the Windsor region, this means a personalized shopping experience where they’re welcome to see and feel our products, and more choice in designing a space that reflects their personality.”
Urban Barn was founded in 1990 and since 2007 has been owned by the Stearn Group, a Vancouver-based private equity firm that has several other retailers in its investment portfolio, mostly notably Ricki’s, the Canadian women’s fashion house.
There are currently 54 stores in the chain, from Vancouver Island to Quebec.
Marketing director Ainslie Fincham told Retail Insider the new Vancouver flagship will sport a new store design concept the “we’ve been working quite hard on for the last couple of years.”
It will open sometime this fall.
“We don’t have anything else slated for this year, but we are definitely doing a lot of research into the Atlantic Canada marketplace as well as the U.S. with potential expansion but nothing confirmed there yet,” Fincham said.
Like most other furniture and home furnishings retailers, Urban Barn enjoyed a serious uptick in sales throughout the pandemic.
Fincham noted, “We had our best year to date last year in our 30-year history. We’re still seeing very strong sales this year. So, we’re very excited about the engagement in the business that we’re seeing.
“And we’re definitely seeing a very large growth from the e-commerce perspective as many other brands did as well,” she continued, adding, “A lot of consumers are a lot more comfortable with that online shopping experience.”