*Update: Saks Fifth Avenue is now open in Calgary. Here's a description and photo-tour [Feb 22, 2018]
Luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, operating under the Hudson's Bay Company umbrella, has just announced the opening date of its Calgary store, as well as its new General Manager. Saks is looking to hire for over 120 positions for the new CF Chinook Centre location, which is scheduled to open on February 22, 2018. We’ve included seven renderings of the new store.
Saks Fifth Avenue opened its first two Canadian stores last year, both in Toronto. On February 18, 2016, Saks opened its 170,000 square foot downtown Toronto flagship at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, which occupies a portion of the east side of the massive Hudson’s Bay Queen Street building. On February 25, 2016, Saks opened a 143,200 square foot second store at CF Sherway Gardens.
The 115,000 square foot Calgary Saks store is being built in the mall’s former Target space — prior to Target, Zellers occupied that space. The new two-level Saks store will have a full-service restaurant and a salon, though it may lack the food halls found in Saks’ first two Canadian stores in Toronto. Renderings indicate that the Calgary store will look similar to its Toronto stores.
Saks just announced that Lydia Seifert has been appointed as Vice President, General Manager of Saks Calgary — she has nearly 20 years of experience in the retail industry.
A recruitment centre has opened in suite 701 of the CF Chinook Centre professional tower. Saks is seeking to fill approximately 120 full- and part-time career opportunities. Positions are available for selling managers and support managers, as well as sales and support staff in all departments, including men's and women's ready-to-wear, handbags, jewelry, shoes, cosmetics, personal shopping, merchandising, visual, alterations and asset protection. The recruitment centre is open for walk-ins and on-site interviews Mondays through Fridays. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply in-person or to submit a resume at www.hbc.com/careers or via this link.
Saks Fifth Avenue has said that it will open a 200,000 square foot flagship at the back end of Hudson’s Bay’s downtown Montreal flagship in 2018, though sources in the company say that there’s a delay, with more details to follow.
Saks has also said that it plans to open a store in Vancouver, though sources confirm that finding enough space is a challenge for Saks. One option would have been to insert Saks into Vancouver’s 637,000 square foot Hudson’s Bay flagship, though the option is now less likely given that WeWork will be taking the top two floors of Hudson’s Bay’s Vancouver store, reducing its size by about 140,000 square feet. Saks may end up building a freestanding store somewhere in the Lower Mainland, and downtown Vancouver is said to be a priority.
CF Chinook Centre is one of Canada's top malls in terms of annual sales per square foot, according to Retail Council of Canada's Shopping Centre Study. A 2017 study will be released this fall, and there are sponsorship opportunities available [sales kit] -- last year's study was widely read. As well, Retail Council of Canada is hosting an interesting event on November 21 at Google's downtown Toronto headquarters, discussing the future of brick-and-mortar retail in Canada, including the new 2017 study. Click here for more information.