Clothing retailer Gap Inc has opened its first Banana Republic and Gap Factory Stores in Canada.

Both stores are to be located at the Vaughan Mills Mall in Ontario.

They are part of the company's outlet division, which operates several hundred Banana Republic Factory Stores and Gap Outlet stores in the US, UK and Japan.

"During our meeting with investors last week, we described our focus on improving our core brands while we also identified growth opportunities in our international and online businesses," said Art Peck, president of Gap Inc outlet and EVP of corporate strategy and operations.

"Bringing our outlet brands to Canada is a perfect next step in our growth strategy, as we match our Canadian customers with the strongest value expressions of our brand."

Gap operates 188 Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy stores across Canada, including the two new outlet stores.