Leon’s, a Canadian retailer of furniture, mattresses, appliances, and home electronics, has announced the opening of two new showrooms in British Columbia and Alberta.
The location in Kelowna, B.C., opened on August 13, 2020, in the Orchard Park Shopping Centre. The second showroom located in Calgary, Alta., is set to open its doors in September and celebrate with a grand opening sale during October.
These two new showrooms are modelled after the innovative ‘smart store’ concept introduced last year in Coquitlam, B.C. and Coldbrook, N.S.
Reinventing the ‘big-box’ style store they are known for, Leon’s uses technology as a way to showcase the vast collection of products and services in a smaller retail footprint. The Orchard Park location, which is the sixth showroom to open in B.C., spans 1858 sm (20,000 square feet) while the Calgary store spans 4645 sm (50,000 square feet). These new concept showrooms feature wider aisles for spacious browsing, e-tags for instant price updates, a 305 mm (12 in.) interactive video wall, and iPads for mobile customer transactions.
Since the onset of COVID-19, Leon’s has seen evolving consumer trends such as the need for additional food storage solutions with refrigerators and freezers. There has also been a high demand for functional home office furniture and patio furniture.
“Canadians are now spending more time in their homes than ever before,” says Leon’s divisional president Mike Walsh. “While it has been a challenging time for all Canadian retailers, we feel very fortunate to continue to provide our customers with the furniture and appliances that help make their house a home.”
Including the two new locations, Leon’s now has 34 franchise locations.