This is a high priority bargain alert, and it's not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill! If you're one of the many high-fashion lovers living on a low-budget wage, then you'll be pleased to hear about the new Toronto Premium Outlets, a luxury outlet mall at 13850 Steeles Ave. W. in Halton Hills (about an hour’s drive from downtown) that's set to open on August 1. That's next week!
So what's in store, or rather, what's in outlet at this new, colossal shopping space? Well, during its "first phase" it will house over 85 retailers including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein (featuring 8,000 square feet of apparel), Coach, Cole Haan, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and many more (you can find a full list here).
General manager Megan Johnson says Toronto Premium Outlets will dramatically change the shopping landscape in Ontario, offering their goods at up to 65% off in the 350,000 square-foot space: “It’s exciting because for the first time in Canada, shoppers will have an impressive collection of outlet stores close to home. And not only will the centre serve area residents but will serve as a destination for area visitors. We are looking forward to our centre having a positive impact for the area.”
Of course, many of you are likely to be most excited about Canada's first Hudson Bay Outlet store, which will also open August 1 and act as the central party-piece to the shopping centre's launch event. Hudson's Bay made the decision to carry purely clearance merchandise in its outlets after a successful run with bargain buys at sister store Lord & Taylor in the United States. The Canadian retailer has also found success with their hr2 stores, which carry more budget-priced brands to meet the pockets of us peasant folk who can't afford to shop at The Room.
Intrigued? So am I. While there's still no word on what kind of merch will be available at the Hudson's Bay Outlet, there's sure to be a bargain to be found amidst the discounted stripes and even more brands shilling shiny things when the outlet announces its "second phase" of retailers. Watch this space for more info when available.