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

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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. 

 

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Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider, Publisher of Retail Insider the magazine and President/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, 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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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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