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More details have been revealed about the new Holt Renfrew men’s store that will replace Roots at 100 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Holt Renfrew President Mark Derbyshire provided an interview to Women’s Wear Daily, and we’ll summarize the details.

The new Holt Renfrew men’s store is expected to open in the fall of 2014, and it will be about 14,000 square feet over two levels. It will utilize some of the innovations introduced in the new men’s store at Holt Renfrew’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre location, including a men’s lounge. In the Yorkdale store, the lounge (appropriately called ‘The Lounge’) features a black BMW motorcycle and foosball table. Services provided include free straight-razor shaves on vintage barbershop chairs, and free shoe shines. And despite what Women’s Wear Daily says about Holt Renfrew having no plans for any additional freestanding men’s stores, we’ve heard otherwise from sources within the company.

Mark Derbyshire is quoted as saying: “The stand-alone men’s shop will be a classic sartorial store and supports our growth plans to further enhance our luxury men’s wear and Holt Renfrew’s presence on Bloor Street — the destination for luxury.”

Source: Women’s Wear Daily

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Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider and President/CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton, and consultant to the Retail Council of Canada. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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