American luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue has revealed opening dates for its first two Canadian stores. Both are set to open in Toronto in February, with the first being Saks’ Canadian flagship. Saks Fifth Avenue will open up to eight Canadian locations over the next several years.
Saks will open its 170,000 square foot Canadian flagship on February 18, 2016. Located within the Hudson’s Bay building at Toronto Eaton Centre, the store will be “designed with our New York flagship in mind, keeping the spirit and grandeur of Saks as inspiration”, according to Saks. The store will also provide personal shopping, which it describes as an “intimate shopping service that will provide a personal shopper who will travel to your home or office with merchandise specifically selected for you, including, but not limited to beauty, styling and tailoring”.
Saks’ second Canadian location, measuring in excess of 130,000 square feet, will open February 25, 2016 at Toronto’s Sherway Gardens. The Sherway store “will feature an open format so customers can easily navigate their way through as they shop”, according to Saks.
Saks will open up to eight Canadian locations, focusing on Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and possibly Calgary. Saks will feature ‘food halls’ in its Canadian stores, and it has confirmed that Pusateri’s Fine Foods will operate within its first two Toronto locations. Saks recently indicated that it has secured most of its desired flagship brands for its Toronto Eaton Centre location, despite Holt Renfrew’s luxury dominance.