Established in 1976, Comark is a leading Canadian specialty fashion retailer,
serving customers through three popular divisions: Ricki's, Bootlegger and cleo.
Ricki's Logo Bootlegger logo cleo Logo
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Comark is one of Canada's leading specialty apparel retailers. Established in 1976, the Company today has over 300 stores operating under three divisions: Ricki's, Bootlegger and cleo. Our stores are located in shopping malls and big box power centres across Canada, mainly in small to mid-size suburban markets. Our long history in these communities has fostered tremendous customer loyalty within each division's target market. Each of our divisions targets a segment of our clearly defined customer base, ranging from young adults to the New50 Woman, with a mix of exclusive private-label and nationally branded product.

Executive Team

Gerry Bachynski President & CEO
Neville Lewis Vice-President & CFO
Sue Vovko President, Bootlegger
Lisa Hryciuk President, cleo
Deanna Traa President, Ricki’s
Roger Cyr Director of Real Estate

National Infrastructure
Each of Comark’s three divisions is supported by centralized systems and corporate support functions (finance, real estate, human resources, and logistics) based out of our corporate office in Mississauga, ON. The company also operates a central distribution centre in Laval, QC. Divisional operating offices are located in Richmond, BC and Winnipeg, MB.

Comark began operations in Canada in 1976, under the private ownership of the Brenninkmeyer family. After nearly 30 years in operation, the business was acquired in February 2005 by an investment fund managed by KarpReilly, LLC of Greenwich, CT.

All three divisions came under the Comark umbrella by the early 80's, with the first purchase taking place in 1979 of 58 Irene Hill stores, which later changed its name to cleo in 1994. Bootlegger followed in 1980, bringing 47 stores located in Western Canada to the company. Two years later in 1982, 74 Ricki's stores joined the family business.

Today, all three divisions are represented across Canada, and the business has grown to over 300 stores – currently 142 Ricki’s, 91 Bootlegger and 85 cleo locations.

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