Today, Simons CEO visited Halifax and revealed additional details of their soon to be developed Nova Scotia location.
“We are extremely fortunate to finally establish a presence here in Halifax, a city that we have been interested in for some time. As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, it is particularly attractive given the quality of life it has to offer.” said Bernard Leblanc, president and CEO of Simons in downtown Halifax. “It’s thrilling to be entering the market at such a dynamic moment. We want to immerse ourselves in its culture, communities, and all the beauty that this city, province, and region have to offer,”
Located in the Halifax Shopping Centre, the largest shopping centre in the Maritimes, the new Simons store will have 56,000 square feet of retail space and will require an investment of over $15 million. The company also estimates that upon opening, this latest investment will create 150 jobs in the region.
The 17th location for the chain and first location of Simons east of Quebec is scheduled to open in the spring of 2024 at the Halifax Shopping Centre.
“We sense that customers in this market appreciate both local and international design as well as sustainable fashion, so we are happy to offer them the most sought-after styles, while ensuring that they are able to shop in line with their social and environmental values,” said Leblanc
Simons’ founder, John Simons, frequently crossed the Atlantic to source merchandise from England and the European continent. It is said that he would have completed over 70 such journeys while at the helm of Simons. As a nod to this chapter in the Simons family’s history, the architecture of the Nova Scotian store is expected to evoke the rich maritime and naval history of Halifax and the region.
Simons is known for giving art pride of place in its locations, and their Halifax store will be no exception. A renowned artist will be selected to produce the store’s main art installation, creating an opportunity for customers to encounter the work of exceptional Canadian artists.