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Aritzia to Open Largest Location in Montreal

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Trendy Vancouver-based multi-brand women’s fashion retailer Aritzia will open its largest Canadian store in Montreal this spring. Aritzia will also open several Canadian locations this year, including a flagship in Halifax. 

Aritzia will occupy 9,800 square feet in the former Mexx location at 1125 St. Catherine Street West in Montreal. The store will join the world’s second-largest Victoria’s Secret location up the street, replacing a recently shuttered Chapters bookstore. Aritizia will also keep operating its location at nearby Montreal Eaton Centre

Montreal’s Artizia will be almost 2,000 square feet larger than its current largest store at West Edmonton Mall, spanning almost 7,900 square feet after a recent expansion.

Aritzia will open several other Canadian locations this year, including a flagship at Halifax Shopping Centre as well as stores in Oshawa (Oshawa Centre), and Promenades Saint-Bruno in suburban Montreal. 

Aritzia currently operates 49 Canadian locations, as well as 15 in the United States. 

Although it will be the largest in Canada (for now), Montreal’s Aritzia flagship won’t be the largest in the chain. That honour goes to two Manhattan locations, with one set to substantially expand further. Currently, Aritzia’s Fifth Avenue flagship (just south of Saks Fifth Avenue‘s iconic flagship) is the chain’s largest, spanning an impressive 13,500 square feet. Its 10,680 square foot SoHo unit will expand to 18,320 square feet this year, however, making it the largest in the company. 

Founded in 1984, Aritzia’s target market is women aged 14 to 30. Much of the clothing sold in its stores are its own exclusive brands, including TNA, Talula, Babaton, Wilfred, Wilfred Free, Community, Le Fou, La Notte, Sunday Best, Paradise Mine, The Castings, Six Eleven, and Auxiliary. Stores also carry clothing from brands such as Citizens of Humanity, Mackage, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Nike, Levi’s, Ebbetts Field, A Gold E, Havaianas, and J Brand Jeans.

Article Author

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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