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World’s 1st Saks Fifth Avenue Food Hall Opens [Photos]

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Photo: Norman KatzPhoto: Norman Katz

Photo: Norman Katz

Saks Fifth Avenue, in partnership with Toronto-based Pusateri’s Fine Foods, has opened its very first food hall in the world, in Toronto. Located at CF Sherway Gardens, the Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s spans 18,500 square feet and boasts many unique features. 

The store features a considerable amount of prepared food items, with only about 30% of product being grocery items. Shoppers are able to consume their purchases right in the store, if desired, in multiple seating areas. The store features ten culinary stations including a prosciutto bar, Champagne and raw bar, sushi bar, cold-pressed juice bar, café, full service hot food counter, rotisserie, and even a Nutella café. 

The new food hall is located on the basement level of Saks Sherway Gardens, which is shared by the store’s men’s department. 

Pusateri’s will open its second Saks Food Hall later this spring on the concourse level of the flagship Saks Queen Street at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. That food hall will measure about 25,000 square feet, according to Saks. 

See below for photos. 


Saks' food hall shares the same floor as menswear. Photo: Norman KatzSaks' food hall shares the same floor as menswear. Photo: Norman Katz

Saks’ food hall shares the same floor as menswear. Photo: Norman Katz


Fresh produce, with a focus on organic. Photo: Norman KatzFresh produce, with a focus on organic. Photo: Norman Katz

Fresh produce, with a focus on organic. Photo: Norman Katz


Photo: Norman KatzPhoto: Norman Katz

Photo: Norman Katz


Photo: Norman KatzPhoto: Norman Katz

Photo: Norman Katz


Photo: Norman KatzPhoto: Norman Katz

Photo: Norman Katz


Sweets and treats. Photo: Norman KatzSweets and treats. Photo: Norman Katz

Sweets and treats. Photo: Norman Katz


Nutella bar. Photo: Norman KatzNutella bar. Photo: Norman Katz

Nutella bar. Photo: Norman Katz


Meat department. Photo: Norman KatzMeat department. Photo: Norman Katz

Meat department. Photo: Norman Katz


Photo: Norman KatzPhoto: Norman Katz

Photo: Norman Katz


Champagne bar. Photo: Norman KatzChampagne bar. Photo: Norman Katz

Champagne bar. Photo: Norman Katz


Photo: Norman KatzPhoto: Norman Katz

Photo: Norman Katz


Aisles of cheese. Photo: Norman KatzAisles of cheese. Photo: Norman Katz

Aisles of cheese. Photo: Norman Katz


Checkout counters. Photo: Norman KatzCheckout counters. Photo: Norman Katz

Checkout counters. Photo: Norman Katz


Photo: SaksPhoto: Saks

Photo: Saks

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web: March 8, 2016



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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3 COMMENTS

  1. I think it’s a great idea, but I don’t see how this concept can sustain itself over time. Food halls didn’t work out very well in NYC at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.

    In my opinion… what might work in London or Paris might not work in the U.S. or Canada due to us having supermarkets and speciality food stores everywhere.

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