Last year’s ranking: 5 (▼ 4)
When the City of Ottawa needed to commission a fashion retailer to design Canada’s official 2017 centennial threads, Roots was the obvious choice. The company has long been the go-to brand for attire that screams casual and warm; the ultimate in Canadiana. After 43 years in business, grey sweatpants, plaid, and puffy vests remain Roots staples, and still, shoppers can’t get enough. Luckily, the retailer is poised to infiltrate the Canadian consumer landscape even further with 14 new stores.