*Update: Sources say this store will open early this summer, and below we've provided a lease plan showing its exact location*
Tiffany & Co. will open its first free-standing Ottawa location at Rideau Centre, replacing a shuttered shop-in-store concession within the city's recently closed Holt Renfrew. Downtown Ottawa's Rideau Centre is seeing a significant expansion which will see Nordstrom open its second Canadian location next month, as well as La Maison Simons a year later.
Until recently, Tiffany & Co.'s first and only Ottawa location was located within Holt Renfrew at the CD Howe Building, 240 Sparks Street. The small concession carried a limited selection of Tiffany product. The new free-standing Rideau Centre store will be substantially larger at 3,000 square feet, carrying a wider variety of Tiffany merchandise, as well as a private viewing room and other amenities found in larger free-standing Tiffany locations.
Ottawa's 36,000 square foot Holt Renfrew closed on January 25 as part of the company's $300 million expansion plans to operate large stores in a handful of Canadian cities. Besides its Tiffany & Co. concession, Holt Renfrew also leased space to Gucci, Links of London and Hugo Boss. No word yet if any of these brands will open free-standing replacement locations in the Ottawa area.
Ottawa will be Tiffany & Co.'s ninth free-standing Canadian location. Tiffany has three free-standing stores in Toronto, two in Vancouver, and one each in Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal. Three smaller Tiffany & Co. concessions also operate within Holt Renfrew locations in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal.
Tiffany & Co. recently started advertising various employment positions for the store. Tiffany declined to provide comment for this article, except to say more information will be revealed closer to the store's opening date.
Rideau Centre is undergoing a $360 million expansion which will see Nordstrom's second Canadian store opening on March 6. Measuring 157,000 square feet, Nordstrom will occupy the top two levels of the mall's former Sears location on the mall's south side. New retail space will be added and in August of 2016, a 100,000 square foot La Maison Simons will open at the north end of the mall. As well, upscale menswear retailer Harry Rosen recently opened a 17,000 square foot replacement store featuring a footwear store with its own entrance, replacing a location about half its size.