Ann Taylor to make Canadian debut

New York -- Ann Inc. announced Thursday that it will open two stores in Toronto, in fall 2012, marking the apparel retailer’s first foray outside the United States.

“Toronto is the perfect location to open our first international stores. It is a beautiful city filled with modern, sophisticated women who lead busy lives, and we are excited to bring a trusted fashion destination that offers great style as well as incredible versatility,” said head designer Lisa Axelson.

According to Brian Lynch, Ann Taylor brand president, Canada is a natural global jumping-off point because of the “strong awareness Ann Taylor already enjoys in Canada,” he said.