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Columbus Cafe Expands into Ontario

French retailer Columbus Cafe has expanded into Ontario with the opening of a new downtown Toronto location.

Columbus has also announced an agreement with Indigo whereby the the restaurateur will open cafes in 11 of the bookstore chain’s stores across Ontario and Quebec by the end of 2024.

The cafe chain is expected set up shop in five Indigo and Chapters bookstores in Ontario and one in Quebec this year. Another five Columbus cafes are scheduled to open in five Ontario bookstores in 2024.

The five Ontario bookstores slated for cafe openings this year are based in Cambridge, Ottawa, Toronto (Eaton Centre), Mississauga and Erin Mills. An Indigo store in Brossard, Que., is also slated to get a cafe this year. It is the only Quebec location scheduled to receive one.

Columbus will open five more cafes in Ontario Indigo and Chapters stores in 2024 with Thunder Bay, Kanata, Stoney Creek, Newmarket and Belleville each getting one.

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Nicolas Riché,Columbus Cafe

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