3 notable store openings that highlighted the end of 2020

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Montreal centre-ville


With the first snow already falling and Christmas songs getting more and more air time on the radio, we’re finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel: the imminent arrival of the new year.

Even if downtown Montreal had a much quieter year than usual, the end of 2020 was marked by the arrival of new stores who definitely did not go under the radar.

Here are 3 new absolute MUSTS :


After a long wait by its devoted fans, the opening of the first UNIQLO store in Quebec did not go unnoticed. With already 12 locations in Canada, the Japanese clothing store chain is recognized for offering simple, practical and minimalist apparel for men, women, children and babies.


On Friday, October 23rd (the official opening day of UNIQLO at the Eaton Center)  many Montrealers were finally able to set foot in the brand new store. And we’re not talking about just any store here : this one is the largest in the country.

Accelerated by the pandemic, the demand of UNIQLO’s simple and timeless style of clothing literally exploded. Many confined Quebecers were charmed by their numerous collections presenting affordable classic cuts, all available in sizes ranging from XXS to 2XL.

Still looking for Christmas presents? This is definitely the place to go to find a gift that everyone can enjoy.

Montreal Eaton Center

705 Sainte-Catherine Street W

Gosselin Photo

Now located in the premises previously owned by Musique Plus, the largest retailer of photographic and video equipment in Quebec, Gosselin, opened its first store in Montreal on November 27, 2020. Here is what the President of Gosselin Photo Vidéo Inc, Jean F. Goupil had to say about the grand opening of their new store :


«This store will be the new spot for urban customers who are passionate about photography and videography: it will feature a range of 10,000+ items and digital imaging services at a very competitive price provided by a team of passionate and highly qualified professionals. In the same spirit of the other Gosselin stores, the new space was built with the same urban and creative design to welcome the amateur clientele just as much as the professionals.»

– Jean F. Goupil, President of Gosselin Photo Vidéo Inc.

Want to bring your photographs to life? Their store has a new space called “L’Atelier Photo” dedicated to creating printing projects and scans, photo books and personalized gifts. Want to take your photography skills to another level? Gosselin College offers a space with classes for both beginners and experts. Want some advice to better navigate through an endless choice of photo equipment? Real professionals will be on site at all times to answer your questions.

351 Sainte-Catherine Street West

Chung Chung

On November 25, 2020, the long-anticipated eatery Chung Chung, which already has more than 200 locations worldwide, finally opened its doors. The new Montreal restaurant is located near Concordia University’s downtown campus. Their specialty : the Korean rice dog. This is not your everyday all-dressed steamed hot dog. We’re talking here about spicy sausages and cheese hot dogs coated in a rice flour batter and rolled in all kinds of original fillings like ramen or pieces of fried potatoes. Wow!
Chung Chung
Chung Chung
Chung Chung

Another item that sets this fast food chain apart is their “sticky rice dough,” which is fermented for 120 minutes each morning, giving their hot dogs a “chewy and crispy taste”. No doubt, this is THE place to go for a quick snack while you’re holiday shopping.

1418 Pierce Street