Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre Holt Renfrew will get a 10,000 square foot ladies’ shoe department. This will be the largest shoe salon in the chain (until other Holts stores enlarge their shoe departments). The second-largest shoe floor at Holt’s is 5,400 square foot on the main floor of their Calgary store.
An insider with Holt Renfrew tells us this is only the beginning of a major shoe-focused effort for Holts. Women’s shoes are currently the second most productive selling space per square foot after Holt’s cosmetics department. Our Holts insider tells us that we can expect to see a significant shoe expansion at Holt Renfrew in the next 24 months, including the possibility of some branded shops-in-store not previously seen at the Canadian store.
We previously reported on expansion of the Holt Renfrew Yorkdale store to 120,000 square feet. This will include a men’s store with a separate exterior entrance, a unisex contemporary clothing department, and an atrium created from the annexing of a former upstairs food court.