TORONTO – Canadian furniture retailer Leon’s Furniture is opening two new showrooms in British Columbia and Alberta.

The first location, in Kelowna, B.C., opened in mid-August and the second site, in Calgary, Alberta, will open in mid-September.

“Canadians are now spending more time in their homes than ever before,” said Mike Walsh, Leon’s divisional president. “While it has been a challenging time for all Canadian retailers, we feel very fortunate to continue to provide our customers with the furniture and appliances that help make their house a home.”

As many retailers are choosing to downsize their physical retail footprint, Walsh said Leon’s is excited to continue to expand its brick-and-mortar presence across the country.

The two new showrooms are modelled after the innovative ‘smart store’ concept introduced last year in Coquitlam, B.C., and Coldbrook, N.S., according to the company.

Reinventing the ‘big-box’ style store that it is known for, Leon’s uses technology as a way to showcase its sizeable collection of products and services in a smaller retail footprint. The new concept showrooms feature wider aisles for spacious browsing, e-tags for instant price updates, a 12-foot interactive video wall and iPads for mobile customer transactions.

Including the two new locations, Leon’s now has 54 corporately owned retail stores across the country, with 34 franchise locations.