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TORONTO Add Joe Fresh to the list of Canadian retailers that entered the United States with a bang only to retreat after failing to catch on in the brutally competitive apparel market. Penney at nearly 700 stores, recently closed its final store in the trendy neighbourhood of Soho.wound down our Soho store as we re evaluate our strategy for the market, Kevin Groh, Loblaw spokesman, said in a statement. the Joe Fresh brand is strong and growing, with a number of positive developments. Penney at a reduced number of stores, and five years after the brand had a splashy opening for a 14,000 square foot, two storey flagship location on tony Fifth Avenue in New York, where the world biggest brands pay sky high rents for a piece of prime Manhattan real estate.In Canada, Joe Fresh has grown from its debut inside a handful of Loblaw stores in 2006 into one of Canada biggest clothing brands. It now has 14 freestanding stores in this country and more than 350 locations inside or adjacent to a Loblaw store.go into grocery stores a couple of times a week, so they have an advantage from a lot of impulse buying, Silva said. year ago, Joe Fresh was already on tenuous ground south of the border. Loblaw confirmed it was reassessing its New York outlets, but intended to keep the Soho location open. In recent months, it had closed stores on 34th Street and Madison Avenue and two stores on Fifth Avenue.At 7,500 square feet, the Soho store was roughly the size of its former Joe Fresh flagship on Fifth Avenue. It quietly closed down several weeks ago. Penney deal went bad because [a shop within a department store] is really great way to expand and you so not have the real estate costs, but unfortunately they hung their hat on somebody that not very successful, said Toronto based retail consultant Wendy Evans. chain own struggle to win back consumers alienated by an overhauled brand strategy.York is one of the very hardest markets to enter, the most competitive in all of the United States, Evans added. retailers basically see it as a marketing expense to have their faces in Manhattan, but the costs are so high and the American consumer is very demanding. Canada, Loblaw has the benefit of scale and attractive real estate within its own stores. market and failed to catch on, including Le Chateau, Tilley Endurables, Mark Work Wearhouse and the now defunct chains Danier and Jacob. stores, Lululemon Athletica has a strong foothold in the market and, Club Monaco, the first venture from Joe Fresh co founder Joe Mimran and later bought by Polo Ralph Lauren, has stores throughout North America and around the world.Mario Grauso, president of the Joe Fresh unit, has been credited with spearheading a broader international expansion effort for Joe Fresh through global partnerships. Since 2014, Joe Fresh has opened stores in South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Egypt and is expanding into the Philippines and Mexico as part of a plan to open 140 global stores in 23 countries through local partners by 2018.He also streamlined the entire Joe Fresh assortment over the last year in order to make it more productive.are really happy with the performance in Canada and still looking at opportunities to expand internationally, Loblaw president Galen Weston said last month after the company annual general meeting.