Organic Garage

Attaining an unprecedented level of growth

One of Canada’s leading independent organic grocers

About the company

Offers a wide selection of healthy and natural products at everyday affordable prices and a shopping experience at stores in prime retail locations.

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Industry: Food retail

Entrepreneur challenge

With a growing consumer demand in the GTA for healthy and natural products, the company was looking to expand from three to five stores. One of the owner’s key priorities was to secure financing with a bank that would show confidence in its plans to build a chain of eight to 10 stores in the targeted market.

BDC expertise

BDC’s Growth & Transition Capital team provided financing for leasehold improvements for the two new stores and worked with the company to develop a flexible financing structure with repayment terms, such as a balloon payment at loan maturity, which would help it retain vital cash for growth.

Proven Results

  • Now has two new stores under development
  • Well positioned to meet its long-term growth objectives
  • Reported its highest quarterly earnings with a 38.14% increase in sales
  • Invested in a multi-faceted marketing plan to reach more customers

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