3 March 2021
The Weekly
Canada

Holt Renfrew has unveiled the completed renovations to its nearly 200’000ft2 (18’580m2) flagship store located on Bloor between Bay and Yonge. The new Bloor Street facade features 270 feet (87 meters) of limestone stretching along the street as well as bronze canopies and 12-foot (3.8 meters)-high scenic windows. Previously, the location consisted of five different buildings, and part of the project was to bring them together into one large complex so those passing by could see just how fantastically large the store really is. The overhaul lasted well over a year beginning in May of 2019 and not completing until late 2020.

Much like many retailers, Holt Renfrew is still waiting for the city to lift lockdown protocols to also reveal its new interior. The interior redesign will feature 12 main floor concessions for fashion, accessory, and jewellery brands. Chanel beauty shops and a Dior accessory concession are just a few of the many luxury brands expected to be represented. This transformation is part of a multi-year project that includes a luxury boutique hall in an effort to replicate popular European and Asian department stores. As a whole, Holt Renfrew had previously announced plans to invest over CAD$400mn (US$317mn) into Canadian stores during the project.

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