La Maison Simons Opens at CF Fairview Pointe-Claire in Montreal with Plans for Halifax Store: CEO Interview/Photos

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Simons is reinforcing its presence in the Increased Montreal spot with the opening of a West Island department at CF Fairview Pointe Claire.

The retailer explained the new 91,000-square-foot spot required an expense of $26.5 million and developed just about 200 work.

And Retail Insider has learned that Simons has also secured a location in Halifax for long term growth.

Bernard Leblanc, President and CEO of La Maison Simons, claimed he will be equipped to talk about the company’s Atlantic Canada existence far more in a handful of months from now.

New Simons retail outlet at CF Fairview Pointe Claire (Image: La Maison Simons)
Simons on Level 2 of CF Fairview Pointe-Claire, ground prepare via Cadillac Fairview

“We have verified a new spot in Halifax a couple of months in the past. So we’ve declared that to our inside groups and we’re genuinely at the embryonic period of that venture but that will complete our coastline to coastline presence,” he explained. 

“So extra to appear on Atlantic Canada in the future few months.”

Leblanc claimed the most up-to-date Montreal keep secures the retailer’s presence in the west side of the metropolis.

“Consumers are now in hybrid manner and are seeking an omnichannel presenting that is obtainable both equally in-retail store and online,” he said.

Bernard Leblanc, President and CEO of La Maison Simons at the New Simons retailer at CF Fairview Pointe Claire (Picture: La Maison Simons)
Women’s ‘Twik’ department at the CF Fairview Pointe-Claire store. Image: La Maison Simons

“While on line searching has grown enormously in recent several years, the resurgence of in-store revenue is a very clear indication that buyers want to enjoy a hybrid shopping expertise and the in-retailer working experience continues to be essential. That is why we are self-confident we created the ideal option in opening this new area.”

A native of the West Island, Leblanc is opening his initial retail store considering the fact that becoming appointed to direct the firm by Peter Simons in March.

“In Montreal, which has been and carries on to be a profitable market place for us, we were existing north, south, east and central with the downtown shop. There was a huge piece lacking in the demographics of Montreal in the west side. This was a little something we had been thinking about and functioning on for some time. It was slowed down by the pandemic and then at some level where we saw we experienced confidence to exit the pandemic positively we re-activated this task but it is been numerous decades in the earning to full,” stated Leblanc.

“As we deploy our brand throughout the place we have had a continuous eyesight to supply our entire assortment and it’s no distinct right here wherever we’ve introduced that special combine of our unique manufacturers alongside with the countrywide brand names and the global manufacturers and the discovery makes that make our Simons giving what it is.

Peter Simons at the New Simons shop at CF Fairview Pointe Claire (Image: La Maison Simons)
Men’s ‘Le 31’ Office at Simons CF Fairview Pointe-Claire. Photo: La Maison Simons

“And like in any market we’re going to permit the shopper guide us. They’ll convey to us what they recognize and we’ll adapt from there. But the intent is regularity in each and every of our shops and this retail store is no distinctive. We’ve invested to make this shop unique in the presentation. For every locale we want to operate with the canvas which is been specified to us. The architecture, the design and style, the layout is optimized for this unique locale. So there’ll be discovery in phrases of the decor and the textures that you are going to find out but the assortment will be the consistent assortment that people today have gotten to know from Simons.”

Leblanc claimed CF Fairview Pointe Claire is the key shopping mall in the West Island of Montreal.

“As a complement to our expense, there is a ton of advancement expense that’s going on. There’s the REM (the new Réseau convey métropolitain, a new automated light-weight metro network) station for the west end that is appropriate future to the keep. So a wonderful mass transit participate in as effectively for the prolonged term,” he explained.

“There’s some redevelopment which is likely to materialize among the west conclusion of Fairview via to what’s known as Saint-Charles Boulevard in which there’s new multi-use jobs that are going to evolve out of that as effectively. As you know from the Simons relatives, we’re usually invested for the very long enjoy but in this context even better that there’s that potential development which is coming. So very bullish on what this web site will come to be and the long run for us in Fairview Pointe Claire.”

New Simons keep at CF Fairview Pointe Claire (Graphic: La Maison Simons)
Artwork in the new store. Picture: La Maison Simons

The previous Simons new retail store opening was in Ottawa about 5 a long time ago.

The retailer reported a number of functions of art punctuate the purchaser journey in the new Montreal spot, including a monumental work by Vancouver artist Brendan Tang. Pareidolia, a set of clouds suspended earlier mentioned the staircase in the north foyer, attracts interest and contributes to the volumetry of the place. Pareidolia joins a number of will work that beautify the walls and ceilings of the Simons suppliers, together with Walter Crane’s La Coupole de Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, Guido Molinari’s luminous kaleidoscope, Solstice, and ceramist Pascale Girardin’s Au Pied des Grumes, to title but a couple, mentioned the business.

La Maison Simons was established in 1840 by John Simons in Quebec City. At first a dry merchandise store, the loved ones enterprise is identified currently for obtainable and impressed manner. 

The new store has a a few-storey thoroughly glazed north entrance vestibule. It has a two-storey mall entrance facade with direct access to Level 2 and view of Level 3. It also has a central skylight illuminating Ranges 2 and 3 in the centre of the store. 

Added Photos from the New Simons retailer at CF Fairview Pointe Claire

Bernard Leblanc, picture: Simons
New Simons store at CF Fairview Pointe Claire (Impression: La Maison Simons)
New Simons retail store at CF Fairview Pointe Claire (Image: La Maison Simons)
New Simons retailer at CF Fairview Pointe Claire (Graphic: La Maison Simons)
New Simons shop at CF Fairview Pointe Claire (Picture: La Maison Simons)
New Simons retail outlet at CF Fairview Pointe Claire (Graphic: La Maison Simons)