The store was designed by figure3, which has been involved with several of Simons’ store projects. We’ll be interviewing someone from the firm for an article next week.
The store features the chain’s restaurant concept, called Ève Café. This is the fourth restaurant concept in a Simons store — a food concept called SoupeSoup opened at Simons in Montreal’s CF Galeries d’Anjou in August of 2013, and Ève Cafés opened in August of 2015 at Les Prominades Gatineau‘s Simons near Ottawa, and in October of 2015 within Simons’ new Park Royal location in West Vancouver.
Simons is located in part of the retail space that was formerly occupied by Square One’s Searslocation at the mall’s north end. Oxford Properties-owned Square One is seeing an overhaul which includes new retailers as well as a considerable amount of new retail space. A southwest mall expansion, which opened earlier this month, houses several upscale retailers, including a beautiful new Harry Rosen store. Later this summer, a 130,000 square foot Holt Renfrew store will join them.