Canada’s Largest Shoe Hall Expands and Relocates

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Canada’s largest women’s shoe hall has relocated and expanded. Located within Hudson’s Bay’s Toronto Eaton Centre flagship, the expansive footwear department recently re-opened on the store’s second level. 

The original 27,000 square foot shoe hall opened in the summer of 2013, and was located in the western portion of Hudson’s Bay’s ground floor. It has relocated to provide much needed retail space for Hudson’s Bay’s westward expansion, as the store shifts to accommodate Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks will occupy almost 33,300 square feet at the east end of the building’s ground-floor. 

The new 30,000 square foot second-level women’s shoe hall features a similar, modern look to the former ground-floor footwear space. A variety of price points are included, including a section devoted to ‘The Room’ shoes, with prices into the thousands from designers such as Azzedine AlaïaGianvito Rossi, Christian Louboutin, Nicholas Kirkwood, Lanvin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Sergio Rossi, Brian Atwood, and others. The footwear department replaces part of Hudson’s Bay’s second-level men’s floor, which has since moved upstairs to occupy the building’s entire 100,000 square foot fifth floor. 

Although substantial, the new footwear department occupies only about a third of the second level of the Toronto Eaton Centre Hudson’s Bay building. The western most section of the floor houses some women’s moderately-priced clothing, and its eastern half is currently under construction to house Saks Fifth Avenue’s new men’s floor. 

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Publisher & CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Advisor at the University of Alberta School Centre for Cities and Communities in Edmonton, former lawyer and a public speaker. 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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2 COMMENTS

  1. Still doesn’t help small-footed women like me. Seriously, Holt’s has better selection for those of us who are size 5 or smaller (I’m a "very small 5" or 4 1/2 (at least with Stuart Weitzman). I know. It shocks people. I get funny looks ALL THE FREAKIN’ TIME). Can’t wait for Nordstrom to open in Toronto. If it’s anything like the US, they should have decent selection too.

  2. Between the renovations and upgrades at Hudson’s Bay and opening of Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom… Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen will face some serious competition. I wonder if they can survive independently. HR and HR could be forced to merge in the future.

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