Holt Renfrew has opened its impressive Janson Goldstein-designed Square One Shopping Centre store in Mississauga. The 130,000 square foot store replaces a smaller unit at Toronto's CF Sherway Gardens, which closed last Sunday.
The Square One store is located in the mall's new 'luxury wing' which 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 opens its latest location in the wing today as well.
The Mississauga Holt's store's two-story facade features a glass curtain wall interspersed with grey graphite stone and 15-foot wide display windows. Its interior features 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. The entire space is dramatic and unlike any other store in Canada.
The store features a roster of designer brands, including a number of shop-in-stores, some of which have yet to open. In women's handbags, a Longchamp boutique is open and opening soon/this fall will be accessory shop-in-stores for Valentino, Gucci, Kenzo, Balenciaga and others. A large Tiffany & Co. concession neighbours the store's impressive jewellery department. The women's shoe department is large and also features a number of shop-in-stores -- Manolo Blahnik, Ferragamo, Stuart Weitzman and Jimmy Choo are already open, and footwear boutiques for Valentino and Aquazzura are on the way. The women's department features a number of brands ranging from pricey (Chloe/Jason Wu) to the more modest, and a collection of shop-in-stores for Hugo Boss Woman, Max Mara Studio and Eileen Fisher anchor the perimeter of the space. Menswear and men's shoes departments are both very impressive with a variety of designers housed in an environment featuring ample natural light and soaring ceilings. Overall, the environment is bright, airy, high-quality and luxurious -- the fixtures and finishes in the store are exceptional.
The store features some impressive services, including a master tailor, shoeshine and sneaker cleaning, concierge, valet and more. The store's 'Leather Artisan' is a resident expert who "elevates the customer experiences with bespoke embossing details on any leather accessory and offers full-service repair", according to Holt's. The store also features 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 is dedicated to personal shopping, including Holt Renfrew’s second 'Apartment' -- its private luxury shopping suite. Also located on the second level, overlooking the store, is a 2,000 square foot Holt's Café. Neither of these were available to view with the opening of the store, but will be coming soon.
Square One is now the company's fourth-largest store, following Holt's 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 (Vancouver will grow to almost 188,000 square feet when finished early next year).