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Calgary, AB – June 2015

Welcome WATCH IT! Southcentre!

We are pleased to announce the grand opening of WATCH IT! Southcentre in Calgary, Alberta with some familiar faces. With an array of designer watches and sunglasses brands, the store’s sleek and modern designs it will make you look twice!

Owners Graeme and Brandy Hawkins are no strangers. WATCH IT!’s very own Graeme has been with the company since 2010 starting as a causal part-time sales associate and now as our National General Manager. Living and breathing all things that tick, the Hawkins truly understand the meaning of making every second count. We are excited to venture into this partnership with the couple and even more excited to watch their success story flourish. 

Saskatoon, SK - April 2015

Our Midtown Plaza Saskatoon location is officially open for business! Come and check out YXE's newest one-stop shop for watches, sunglasses & service.

WATCH IT! was founded in 1999 and continues to flourish as Canada's ultimate destination for the latest in watches, sunglasses and accessories. The WATCH IT! Midtown location will be carrying an array of designer accessories from various brand including Citizen, Hugo Boss, Movado, Nixon and Ray-Ban.

Victoria, BC - February 2015

WATCH IT! Franchisees are having the TIME of their lives!


Toronto, ON - August 2014

Canadian Retailer WATCH IT! Celebrates 15 YEARS As Top Destination For Innovative & Fashionable Watches & Accessories


A milestone that only a handful of Canadian fashion retail entrepreneurs achieve, WATCH IT!, an industry leader in innovative and fashionable watches and accessories, celebrates 15 years in business this Fall 2014. .... read more

Edmonton, AB - March 2014

WATCH IT! Unveils Remodel of Downtown Flagship Edmonton City Centre Location

Edmonton City Centre

WATCH IT! today unveiled an exciting renovation that will reinvent and elevate the shopping experience at the WATCH IT! Edmonton City Centre location. The project is set to fortify. .... read more

Markham, ON - November 2013

WATCH IT! Launches Retail Doors in Markville Shopping Centre

An industry leader in watches and fashion accessories, WATCH IT! is delighted to announce the opening of it’s first retail store in Markham, located in the Markville Shopping Centre. .... read more

Red Deer, AB - September 2013

WATCH IT! Launches Retail Doors in Bower Place

Recognized as one of Alberta’s leading boutique retailers, WATCH IT! is delighted to announce the opening of it’s first stand-alone in Red Deer, located in Bower Place Mall. .... read more

Vancouver, BC - July 2013

WATCH IT! Takes Over Timeco

Industry leader, WATCH IT! purchases three of the Lower Mainland Timeco locations. WATCH IT! is proud to announce the acquisition of BC-based watch retailer, Timeco. Effective July 1st 2013, all three Timeco locations in the Lower Mainland will join the WATCH IT! family.... read more

Calgary, AB - June 2013

The Mile High Club

Recognized as one of Canada’s leading boutique retailers, WATCH IT! is proud to announce a new store opening at the Calgary International Airport. WATCH IT! has flourished into one of the most well-recognized boutique retailers in the Canadian retail industry.... read more

Edmonton, AB - January 2013

Time to Shine

Most business owners swear by the principle that good customer service is the key to success. For Lana Schmidt of WATCH IT! at the Edmonton City Centre in Edmonton, AB, this means that customer service always comes first... read more

Scarborough,ON - December 2012

WATCH IT! Launches New Store at Scarborough Town Centre

A vital hub for Toronto’s east-end, Scarborough Town Centre has recently completed its multi-million dollar renovations. WATCH IT! is among the new batch of stores opening at the new shopping destination..... read more

Edmonton, AB - November 2012

Check Your List Twice with WATCH IT!

This holiday season, WATCH IT! makes gift giving easier for Canadians by launching its annual Holiday Gift Guide, featuring the chance to get $25 in WATCH IT! cash..... read more

London, ON – August 2012 

WATCH IT! Masonville Gets In Gear For The MS Society of London

On September 15th, WATCH IT! adds its second location in London with the grand opening of the Masonville store.September 15th kick-starts a weeklong fundraising campaign where WATCH IT! will donate $3 from each sale from September 15th to September 22nd to the MS Society of London, in support of individuals and their families living with Multiple Sclerosis.... read more

Toronto, ON – August 2012 

WATCH IT! Time Travels with LOOPER

This fall Canada’s leading watch retailer, WATCH IT! teams up with Alliance Films and Citizen Watch Company to give Canadians the chance to travel through time with the upcoming blockbuster movie and the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival’s opening night film.... read more

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON – April 2012 

WATCH IT! Launches New Store in Niagara on the Lake 

Recognized as one of Canada’s leading boutique retailers, WATCH IT! is proud to announce a new store opening in Niagara on the Lake. WATCH IT! has flourished into one of the most well-recognized boutique retailers in the Canadian retail .... read more

Vancouver, BC– April 2012 

WATCH IT! Launches New Store in Metropolis at Metrotown 

The Metrotown location is home to the largest shopping centre in BC and the second largest mall in Canada. This particular location will provide a great fit for WATCH IT! .... read more

Toronto, ON – April 2012 

Canadian Franchise Association Announces 2012 Franchisees’ Choice Designees

The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) (www.cfa.ca) announced the recipients of the 2012 Franchisees’ Choice designation on April 2, 2012 at a gala awards presentation during the CFA National Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario.... read more

Edmonton AB – February 2012 

WATCH IT! Launches “Leaders in Entrepreneurship and Family Business Program”

Industry leader, WATCH IT!, partners with the School of Retailing at the University of Alberta’s Alberta School of Business.... read more

Victoria BC – November 13th, 2011 

Movember Fun!

WATCH IT! Victoria has some Movember Fun to raise money for Prostate Cancer, ..... watch vid

Toronto, ON – November 1st, 2011 

Unwrap the Holidays!

The holiday season is a classy affair, with no shortage of dinner parties and cocktail soirees. WATCH IT! makes party dressing easy with looks that celebrate the season and sparkle for the holidays. Styling Canadians since 1999, ..... read more

Edmonton, AB – August 25th, 2011 

Gear UP!

Jared shows us the hottest fashion trends and accessories for back to school. Jared will tell us why jeans are so important to have in our wardrobe as well as what type of accessories will make you pop out from the rest of them! ..... watch vid


Ottawa, ON – July 13th, 2011 

HOPE Volleyball

Hope Volleyball Summerfest goes this weekend - and Oakley is making sure everyone protects their eyes and looks stylish! ..... watch vid

Calgary, AB – July 4th, 2011 

Breakfast TV Calgary!

Darren Bondar, founder and president of Watch It!, walks us through the summer's top trend in wrist watches. ..... watch vid

Edmonton, AB – June 17th, 2011 


Unlike cool people, I don't usually wear sunglasses indoors, I was trying them on at Watch It!'s Block Party I was invited to last weekend ; ). My eyes gravitated towards the chic new Ray Ban's that were displayed in the store..... read more

Edmonton, AB – May 10th, 2011 

WATCH IT! takes Gold at the CFA Awards

WATCH IT! proudly accepted the Top Award from the Canadian Franchise Association of excellence in Franchising this past month in Toronto. Accepting the top distinction in the New and Emerging Franchising category was WATCH IT! President and CEO, Darren Bondar. Reflecting a wide range of franchise opportunities ..... read more

Toronto, ON – March 03rd, 2011 

Death of the wristwatch? Not so, industry says

“Since we opened in 1999, we’ve heard all about the ‘death of the watch,’” says Darren Bondar, owner of retailer WATCH IT!!. “We're seeing the opposite.” Bondar started his fashion accessories boutique in Edmonton, carrying pieces priced between $55 and $1,500, and has since expanded to 21 stores across the country (16 are franchises). ..... read more