Saks Off 5th opens store in Pickering mall

Photo by Nicole O'Brien.

Pickering resident, Kym Howchin, was the first to sign up for the Saks Off 5th email program at the new location at the Pickering Town Centre.

One year after entering the Canadian market, Saks Off 5thhas opened a new store at the  Pickering Town Centre.

Customers lined up to see the unveiling of the new 30,000 square foot store on earlier this month. The store offers a mix of designer fashion, accessories and footwear for men, women and children.

But it’s not your average store. With brands such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and BCBG, the average sweater can cost up to $500.Jeans can cost anywhere from $100 to $300, and a pair of high heel shoes can be a pretty penny, running anywhere from $20 to more than $300.

Customers such as Louise Antle were buzzing in the grand opening line up, hoping to find something new.

“Standing outside in the line, I was anticipating good deals,” said Antle. “But looking at the price tags, it is pricey.”

Lorna Murphy, a Saks marketing director, is “thrilled” to welcome Saks Off 5th.

“Shoppers can look forward to off-the-runway trends, exceptional service, and savings on more than 800 of the biggest names in fashion,” she said in a statement.

The store is one of two Saks Off 5th locations to open in the Toronto area this year. The second location in Brampton opened on the same day as the Pickering store.

“There hasn’t been many new stores in the PTC so I am happy to have another shopping option,” said Pickering resident Kaitlin Brown.

As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks Off 5th has 117 stores globally and an e-commerce division, saksoff5th.com. Since entering the Canadian retail market last March, locations are popping up around the country.

Pickering resident and frequent PTC shopper Kym Howchin attended the grand opening. She said she knew the Saks brand from numerous shopping trips to the U.S.

“I was excited to see what they have. I’ve been to Saks Off 5th Ave at other locations so it was cool that it was coming to Pickering,” Howchin said.

From Edmonton, Alta., to Vaughan, Ont., the retailer plans to operate up to 25 Canadian locations by the end of the decade.

Howchin thinks the new addition to the Pickering Town Centre will benefit the mall and the city as a whole.

“From looking around and seeing the prices, typically Saks Fifth Avenue is a higher end store, but this is sort of the outlet so the prices I think are pretty reasonable,” Howchin says.

There are no plans for an Oshawa location, but stores are set to open next in Quebec City, Winnipeg, and Montreal by 2018.

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Nicole O'Brien is a second year journalist student at Durham College. She enjoys writing about the campus, entertainment and sports for The Chronicle. Her work can also be seen on her entertainment blog, www.entertainmentgirl.wordpress.com and also on the lifestyle blog Godigio. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys watching movies and listening to music. She hopes to one day work for an entertainment news network on either radio or television.

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