Holt Renfrew Announces Square One Opening Date

Holt Renfrew has announced the opening date of its highly anticipated 130,000 store at Mississauga's Square One. It will replace a location at nearby CF Sherway Gardens in Toronto, which will close as a result

The Mississauga store, designed by Janson Goldstein, will be Holt's fourth-largest location, following its 185,000 square foot Bloor Street flagship, its 147,000 square foot Calgary store, and its 146,000 square foot Vancouver flagship. Towards the end of the decade, Holt's will open a combined Ogilvy/Holt Renfrew store in Montreal measuring 220,000 square feet, and its Bloor Street and Vancouver flagships will also see considerable expansions -- the Vancouver store is expected to be almost 188,000 square feet when completed. 

The Square One Holt's is set to open on the morning of Thursday, July 28. The store will be located in the mall's new 'luxury wing' that opened in March of this year. Luxury menswear retailer Harry Rosen also anchors the wing with a 20,000 square foot store, and Salvatore Ferragamo is set to open a store in the wing this summer as well. 

Cosmetics hall

Cosmetics hall

Women's footwear salon.

Women's footwear salon.

Men's department/accessories.

Men's department/accessories.

Click for larger map, via Square One website. 

Click for larger map, via Square One website. 

Mississauga's Holts will feature a two-story facade with a glass curtain wall, interspersed with grey graphite stone and 15 foot wide display windows. Its interior will feature soaring ceilings up to 30 feet in height, atriums, an open staircase, natural light, and unobstructed sight-lines across the store's 90,000 square foot main floor, according to Holt Renfrew. 

The store will feature a roster of designer brands, including a number of shop-in-stores. Tiffany & Co. and Links of London are confirmed to be concessions inside of Holt's, with other designers to be carried such as Gucci, Prada, Miu Miu, Valentino, Derek Lam, Akris, Max Mara, Hugo Boss, Stella McCartney, Acne, Kenzo, Moncler, See by Chloe, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Aquazurra, and Stuart Weitzman, among others. 

The store will also feature some impressive services, including a master tailor, shoeshine and sneaker cleaning, concierge and valet, as well as a resident 'Leather Artisan' who will "elevate the customer experiences with bespoke embossing details on any leather accessory and offer full-service repair", according to Holt's. The store will also feature an impressive jewellery and watch service area, under the guidance of certified watchmakers. More than 2,500 square feet on the Square One store's mezzanine level will be dedicated to personal shopping, including Holt Renfrew’s private luxury shopping suite called 'The Apartment'. Also located on the second level, overlooking the store, will be a 2,000 square foot Holt's Café. 

*All renderings are via Janson Goldstein for Holt Renfrew. 

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web: June 21, 2016