Inside Saks OFF 5TH’s 1st Canadian Store [Photos]


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Saks Fifth Avenue‘s off-price division Saks OFF 5TH opened its first Canadian locations last week in southern Ontario. We’ve got photos from the opening of the retailer’s Vaughan Mills location. 

Although not nearly as glamorous and attractive as Saks Fifth Avenue’s full-priced Toronto stores, Saks OFF 5TH features a considerable number of designers at a variety of price-points. 

The Vaughan Mills OFF 5TH replaces Home Outfitters which, until recently, occupied the 34,994 square foot retail space. Both Saks and Home Outfitters are under the Hudson’s Bay Company ownership umbrella. 

Saks OFF 5TH also opened locations last week at Toronto Premium Outlets west of Toronto, and at the Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This week (Thursday, March 24) Canada’s fourth Saks OFF 5TH opens at Ottawa’s Tanger Outlets Ottawa

Vaughan Mills Leasing Map (Image: Ivanhoe Cambridge)

Saks has already confirmed 11 Canadian locations, and it plans to open up to 25 Canadian stores by the end of the decade. In the fall of this year, OFF 5TH will open locations at Calgary’s CrossIron Mills, suburban Vancouver’s Tsawwassen Mills, and in downtown Ottawa within the Hudson’s Bay building. In the spring of 2017, OFF 5TH opens at Quebec City’s Place Ste-Foy and at Winnipeg’s Outlet Collection Winnipeg. In the fall of 2018, Canada’s largest OFF 5TH (45,000 square feet) opens at Montreal Eaton Centre and it’s unclear when the Premium Outlets Montreal store will open, though it’s confirmed. 

Saks Fifth Avenue opened its first two Canadian stores last month. The Canadian flagship, which opened February 18 and measures about 170,000 square feet, is located within the Hudson’s Bay building at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. A second 143,000 square foot Saks location opened a week later at CF Sherway Gardens

See below for more photos. 

Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
Saks OFF 5th (Image: Norman Katz)
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.


  1. It’s not pretty but it’ll do its job! It’s also not in the more upscale "Fashion Neighbourhood" section of the mall, but that won’t harm foot traffic.


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