The most hated brand of antique stores in Canada, Pink, will open its first store in North America, a company spokesman confirmed Friday.
The new location in the city of Ottawa will open in late September.
Pink’s stores have been a thorn in the side of many collectors for years, with many complaints about how the brands quality is.
The company recently added a new “brand ambassador” to its website and announced plans to hire 200 employees in Ottawa over the next three years to help it increase sales.
Pink has been on a tear for the past several years, thanks in part to a recent expansion that also includes stores in Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
Pink is also looking to expand in Canada.
It will open a second store in Quebec City this month.
The Ottawa location will be Pink’s first Canadian location.
Pink sells everything from furniture to jewellery, and some antiques and collectibles.
But the company’s stock fell sharply in June after its sales dropped by more than 15 per cent in the first quarter of the year.
Pink CEO Jim Beyer said in a statement Friday that his company is still working on a strategy to build out its Canadian store network.
“Our focus will be on providing the best customer experience, as well as our ability to support our global community,” he said.
Pink will begin selling items that it has acquired from other retailers.
Beyer has previously said the company is aiming to open an additional 100 stores in the next few years.
The brand ambassador will work with the company to find the best locations for the stores, Beyer told CBC News.
The retail chain has more than 1,400 stores in seven countries, including Canada, the U.K., China, Taiwan and the U,S.
The latest Pink store opens in Ottawa on Friday.