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The physical footprint of Mobilia's stores has expanded, operating mainly at the big-box level.Mobilia

What started out as a quest to bring European design flair to Canada has grown into a national furniture empire. Mobilia was founded in Montreal by Hans Kau in 1966, who had the idea to open a small furniture boutique after importing designs from Europe for himself and friends. Today, Mobilia is still a family business run by president Johannes Kau, Hans’s son, with 10 locations throughout Quebec and Ontario and a thriving nationwide e-commerce business.

As Mobilia has grown, the physical footprint of its stores has expanded, operating mainly at the big-box level. It’s also increased the scope of its focus from European design to include contemporary furniture from Canada and around the world. “Over the years, we’ve been able to find some really unique, interesting manufacturers,” Kau says. At the newest store, which opened in March in Toronto’s Castlefield Design District, Kau says they’re evoking the original downtown boutique feel without compromising on selection. “With the website and with everything we can do with technology, the need for a big store isn’t necessarily there, depending on the location.”

Amid the pandemic, the store began Mobilia Rendez-Vous, an appointment-booking service that schedules in-person and virtual appointments in store and online.Mobilia

In July, the company launched Mobilia Rendez-Vous, an appointment-booking service that schedules in-person and virtual appointments in store and online. Shoppers with an increased risk of developing COVID-19-related complications can schedule in-store appointments outside of regular business hours. “It’s all about adapting to this new reality and still making it a very nice shopping experience while being able to help our consumers to find what it is they’re looking for in the best way possible.”

Mobilia, 10 locations throughout Quebec and Ontario, mobilia.ca.


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