Canada's 4th Microsoft Store opens Saturday at Mississauga's Square One


Canada's fourth Microsoft Store opens at 10:30am on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at Mississauga's Square One Shopping Centre. It will also be the second store location in the Toronto area. On Sunday, February 9th, American rock band Weezer will perform near the store, with gates opening for the performance at 12:00pm. 

The store is just over 3,500 square feet in size. 

Canada's first Microsoft Store opened over a year ago in an expanded portion of Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre. A second location opened October 26th, 2013 at West Edmonton Mall. A third location opened November 7th, 2013 at Burnaby BC's Metropolis at Metrotown.


Photo: Microsoft Canada (via Twitter)
Microsoft will be donating software to local community organizations during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The following are some of the products and services one can see at a Microsoft Store:
  • A curated assortment of products, including Surface, Windows 8 PCs, Windows Phones, Xbox One, Office products, and more.
  • A range of tech trainings, business-ready PCs, phones and more. 

[Microsoft Store website]

RENDERINGS OF HOLT RENFREW AT MISSISSAUGA'S SQUARE ONE

Rendering: Jason Goldstein LLP

Renderings have been released of the proposed 120,000 square foot Holt Renfrew store at Mississauga's Square One Shopping Centre. The store will anchor an expansion of the south-west portion of the mall.

The Square One Holt Renfrew is being designed by New York City-based architect Jason Goldstein. Goldstein appears to have become Holt's architect of choice for store design. His projects have included purpose-built Holt Renfrew stores in Vancouver (2007) and Calgary (2009), as well as Holt Renfrew's Yorkdale store expansion.

Rendering: Jason Goldstein LLP

Rendering: Jason Goldstein LLP


Holt Renfrew announced its new Square One store in April. For further details of the store and the mall's expansion, we direct you to our previous article.

Thank you to officedweller of Urban Toronto for posting the Jason Goldstein renderings. 

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[Square One Shopping Centre website]

[Holt Renfrew website]


LA MAISON SIMONS TO OPEN FIRST TORONTO-AREA STORE AT SQUARE ONE, MISSISSAUGA



La Maison Simons will open a 113,000 square foot store at Mississauga's Square One Shopping Centre in the spring of 2016. The two-level store will be the anchor of a $52 million reconfiguration of the mall's current 145,000 square foot Sears space which was recently sold back to mall landlord Oxford Properties


Simons will join a 120,000-square-foot Holt Renfrew store that is also set to open at Square One in spring 2016.


Simons is the newest retailer added to Square One's $380 million renovation and expansion project.  Phase One, an $84 million overhaul of the interior, was completed in November 2013, and construction on Phase Two began in September 2013. 


Square One's Sears location Simons joins anchors Hudson's Bay (191,000 square feet), Target (164,000 square feet) and Walmart (245,000 square feet). As mentioned, Holt Renfrew's Square One store will be about 120,000 square feet when completed. 


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CANADA'S 4th MICROSOFT STORE TO OPEN AT SQUARE ONE IN MISSISSAUGA

Microsoft Store, West Edmonton Mall. Photo: Darrell Bateman,  aka darrellinyvr on flickr

Canada's fourth Microsoft Store will open at Mississauga's Square One Shopping Centre. It will also be the second location in the Toronto area.

Canada's first Microsoft Store opened almost a year ago in an expanded portion of Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre. A second location opened October 26th at West Edmonton Mall. A third location will open November 7th at Burnaby BC's Metropolis at Metrotown.

More Canadian locations will follow, and the province of Quebec is reportedly on the company's radar.

The photo at the top of this article is of the new West Edmonton Mall Microsoft Store. The photo was taken by Darrell Bateman, also known as darylinyvr on Flickr.

Thank you to Urban Toronto's ACT7 for directing us to this article's source: [Computer Dealers News]

[Microsoft Store website]

TOPSHOP OPENS TOMORROW AT MISSISSAUGA'S SQUARE ONE

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Tomorrow (Saturday September 21st), TopShop/TopMan opens a 15,000 square foot store inside of Hudson's Bay's Square One location. TopShop will be located on the second-floor of the 190,000 square foot Bay store. 

TopShop has opened several stores across Canada, including one of the world's largest in Vancouver. Other Toronto area locations to feature TopShops include Hudson's Bay Sherway Gardens, which will join TopShop locations already at Hudson's Bay Yorkdale (about 15,000 square feet) and at the flagship Queen Street Hudson's Bay (about 19,000 square feet). 

Thank you for reading Retail Insider, and have an excellent weekend. 


[TopShop/TopMan website]


[Hudson's Bay website]

ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE TO HAVE THE WORLD'S LARGEST GLASS SPHERE AS PART OF ITS $100 MILLION TRANSFORMATION


Mississauga's Erin Mills Town Centre will receive a $100 million update. It will be the mall's first major renovation since it opened in 1989. The renovation coincides with the mall's 25th anniversary.


Rendering, including world's larges glass sphere
Changes will include the world's largest glass sphere 90 feet in diameter, new skylights and windows, and a new 'main court' with infinity pool. The mall's food court will be updated and will be expanded over two floors. Despite all these changes, however, the mall won't be increasing its square footage.




Construction begins this summer and Phase 1 of the new food court is scheduled to finish in the fall of 2014. A new Target store will open in the summer of 2014.

Under the world's largest glass sphere
Erin Mills Town Centre is about 850,000 square feet and includes anchor stores Hudson's Bay, Sears and, in about a year, Target

Images and video by Erin Mills Town Centre. Source: Press Release (.pdf)

[Erin Mills Town Centre website]



LA MAISON SIMONS IN TALKS TO OPEN TWO TORONTO STORES


Peter Simons at his Place Ste Foy (Quebec City) store. [Image Source]























La Maison Simons president & CEO Peter Simons says he's actively negotiating space at two Toronto area malls, according to the Toronto Star. Simons would occupy space vacated by Sears at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre and at Mississauga's Square One. Last week we reported that the Sears store leases at both these malls were sold back to Landlord Oxford Properties for about $191 million.

We were aware and reported that Simons was in talks with Oxford Properties and we'd would like to clarify a few things about the negotiations and the space available. Oxford Properties has not yet decided what to do with its newly acquired Sears space, and both Sears leases won't be vacated by Sears until March 2014. Both spaces are also too large for a single Simons store.


Sears location at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre
If negotiations with Simons are successful, Simons stores are not likely occupy the entire Sears store space at either mall. According to lease plans, Yorkdale's Sears store is about 190,000 square feet and Square One's Sears is about 145,000 square feet.

Simons stores are typically in the 80,000-100,000 square foot range and its largest location is currently the 118,000 square foot West Edmonton Mall store, which opened last year. Given the larger sizes of the Yorkdale and Square One Sears stores, we could expect Simons to occupy either part of the existing Sears stores or for the Sears spaces to be demolished for new development.
Sears location at Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga Ontario
Simons is in the process of a Canada-wide expansion that could see new stores open in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto, among other cities. Simons will open its first Ottawa store in 2015 at the Rideau Shopping Centre (in the same mall as Nordstrom) and could open a second Ottawa-area location in Gatineau. It opened its Edmonton location in October of 2012 and will open a store at Montreal's Galeries d'Anjou, mid-August.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre recently underwent a massive expansion and recently announced its latest expansion plans that will include more retail space and Nordstrom as an anchor. Yorkdale's Holt Renfrew is also expanding and innovating as a prototype for future store renovations

Square One is also in the process of an expansion that will see new retail space as well as a 120,000 square foot Holt Renfrew store. The future of Square One's Walmart store is in question and we'll update you on any developments. 

We'll update you on La Maison Simon's cross-Canada expansion. Needless to say, it has become an exciting time for Canadian retail. 

[La Maison Simons website]

[Yorkdale Shopping Centre website]

[Square One Shopping Centre website]


LOFT by ANN TAYLOR OPENING 4 ONTARIO STORES (INCLUDING 1 ON FRIDAY)

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LOFT by Ann Taylor will open four more Ontario locations in the coming months. The locations include:
LOFT opened its first Canadian store at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre in November 2012.  LOFT will be announcing more Canadian locations in the coming months.

LOFT is considered to be a more 'relaxed' and 'younger' version of sister label Ann Taylor. Ann Taylor is a moderately upscale womenswear retailer. The United States has over 500 LOFT stores.

[Source: Press Release]

[LOFT website]