Leon’s opens first B.C. store in Saanich

Tolmie Avenue store will employ 45 people with the 107-year-old retail brand

Leon’s president and COO Edward Leon

Leon’s president and COO Edward Leon

The grand opening of Leon’s Home Furnishing in Saanich this week marks the company’s first venture in B.C. and completes a coast-to-coast continuum for the 107-year-old brand.

Edward Leon, president and COO of Leon’s Furniture Ltd., said the company has long identified Victoria as a location for expansion.

“We’ve wanted to come here for many years,” said Leon, grandson of the company’s founder, Ablan Leon. “It’s a vibrant community. We’ve been actively pursuing the right opportunity and location.”

Leon’s, which started in Welland, Ont., is now the only furniture store in Canada that has brick and mortar stores in every province.

“We carry everything you need for every room in your home, from furniture to appliances, electronics, bedding and accessories,” Leon noted. “Our national buying power and warehouses across the country makes everything very affordable with convenient delivery.”

President Mike Walsh said the Saanich location will employ 45 people, adding to the company’s 9,000 employees coast to coast.

“We are always looking for more opportunities and are looking at several locations throughout the province,” he added.

Leon’s has a long tradition of getting involved in the community and a well-established reputation for supporting the Boys and Girls Club, local hospitals and other charitable initiatives.

“We’re really excited to be here,” Walsh said. “It’s a clean slate for us here in B.C. This store is getting the bulk of a new approach and a fresh new look and feel for the brand, and we’re introducing new custom upholstery colours.”

Leon’s Furniture is at 201A – 800 Tolmie Ave. For more information, check out leons.ca.