According to a source, La Maison Simons has been in talks with Oxford Properties to open a store at Calgary’s Southcentre Mall. If it happens, this would be the second Simons store location in Alberta, following its West Edmonton Mall store which opened almost a year ago.
One would expect Calgary’s Simons to be somewhere in the 100,000-110,000 square foot range, reflecting sizes of its recently announced West Vancouver and Ottawa stores.
Calgary’s Southcentre Mall occupies close to a million square feet, and is surrounded by some higher-income suburbs. Its anchors include department stores Sears and Hudson’s Bay.
Recently, Southcentre hasn’t enjoyed the same splashy publicity as Chinook Centre, about 6.5 km to the north, which managed to secure Calgary’s first (and likely only) Nordstrom store as an anchor. Securing La Maison Simons could coincide with further renovations to Southcentre, as well as a possible mall expansion.
To be completely speculative, Simons could occupy part of Southcentre’s Sears store if Sears decides to sell its lease back to landlord Oxford properties. We’ve heard that this is a possibility but we can’t confirm further at this time.
We’ll update you further on La Maison Simons’ opening in Calgary, including a possible second Simons store location that we’ll discuss soon.