Simons to Open ‘Next-Generation’ Eco-Store in 2018

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Quebec City-based large format retailer La Maison Simons will open an innovative new store, costing about $50 million, at Quebec City’s Galeries de la Capitale. The store will replace the mall’s Target location which closed last year, and will replace an existing Simons store about half the size in the same mall. 

“This is the very first store where the concept of ecology will be ubiquitous”, said company president Peter Simons. The store will occupy about 80,000 square feet and will feature solar panels and recharging stations for electric cars, among other innovations. “The goal is to achieve a zero net footprint”, according to Mr. Simons. 

Simons (Rendering: LEMAYMICHAUD)
Simons at Galeries de la Capitale (Rendering: LEMAYMICHAUD)

The store will also be a prototype, providing “a unique and improved customer experience through new digital and interactive technologies” that will initially be tested in the new store before being introduced to other Simons locations, according to Mr. Simons. Quebec City-based architectural firm LemayMichaud is designing the store. 

Construction on the new $50 million store begins in the second half of 2016, with the store anticipated to open in the spring of 2018. Galeries de la Capitale’s landlord, Oxford Properties, will add a 10,000 square foot concourse to connect the mall’s central courtyard to the future Simons store, creating 23,000 square feet of prime retail space in the process. 

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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