Simons to open first Ontario store at Square One Shopping Centre

Square One Shopping Centre announces the opening of a 113,000-square-foot flagship La Maison Simons store in spring 2016 - the first location of the Quebec fashion specialty retailer to open in Ontario. The two-level Simons store represents a $52 million investment and will occupy a large portion of the existing Sears store as part of Square One's ongoing development projects.  Simons marks another first-to-market premium brand acquisition for Square One and will enhance the first-class shopping experience west of Toronto. 
 
"We have long admired Simons as a premium retailer of outstanding fashions and home décor. Oxford Properties believes in the strength of the Simons brand and our partnership will build on the Square One success story," says Michael Kitt, EVP Canada, Oxford Properties Group. "Square One's leasing team has been working diligently to attract premium retailers, such as Simons, and adding them to our roster shows that an exceptional retail experience starts here at Square One."
 
"Simons is excited to bring our passion for fashion, art and architecture to Square One. We share a similar vision and are constantly striving for excellence by providing a unique and memorable shopping experience that exceeds our customers' expectations," says Peter Simons, President and General Manager of La Maison Simons.
 
Simons is the newest retailer added to Square One's $380 million renovation and expansion project.  Phase One, an $84 million overhaul of the interior, was completed in November 2013, and construction on Phase Two began in September 2013.  Simons joins other flagship stores including a 120,000-square-foot Holt Renfrew that is also set to open at Square One in spring 2016. 
 
"The power of Square One to attract first-class retailers and provide exceptional guest service is proven in our productivity results, which have surpassed $800 per square-foot and exceeds the Canadian average by 31 per cent," adds Kevin Gray, General Manager, Square One. "We're thrilled to have Simons on board and join our other impressive retailers that opened this year, including Lacoste, Top Shop Top Man, Loft, Ann Taylor and White House Black Market." Microsoft's fourth Canadian store will open at Square One in early 2014, which will be another first for the shopping centre.
 

on December 6, 2013