Clément Stores will open next month the largest boutique of clothes, shoes and accessories for babies and children in the country, in the heart of the Lebourgneuf district.
The huge site at 1000 rue des Basses-Terres, site of the former huge Sportium, will welcome expectant mothers and young families “from the beginning of July”.
The building has been empty since the Sportium closed in summer 2020.
At 70,000 square feet and “up to 50,000 square feet for the retail portion,” it will not only be the largest Clément store in Quebec, but “the largest of its category in Canada.” Clément, manager of the family business that acquired the building for $10 million last month.
In addition to prams, car seats and furniture, children’s clothing, shoes and accessories are also sold.
In addition, “a large selection of maternity wear” has been announced among the new arrivals.
“We try to be the shopping destination for new parents and kids. We have greatly expanded our range in recent years,” says Mr Pépin-Clément.
When the first customers shop there in a few weeks, “the official opening is scheduled for the start of the school year”.
Part of the new premises will also serve [à envoyer] parcel” and to house the administration of the company.
The store, located a little further north on Pierre-Bertrand Boulevard, is now being converted into a distribution center.
“We started to feel a little cramped on the side of our distribution center,” points out the Quebec businessman.
Online sales, which have “greatly increased” in recent years, are no stranger to all of these changes.
“Before, online sales were marginal. Today it is part of the success of our company. »
The challenge of labor shortages
A total of almost a hundred employees will work in the new premises. In times of labor shortages, this is certainly “one of the biggest challenges we are currently facing”, notes Mr Pépin-Clément.
However, he approaches this bet with a lot of confidence. “It is a challenge to retain your employees. But it is a young and dynamic team. Employees stay with us for a long time. It will still be a challenge. »
Galeries de la Capitale and Laurier Québec stores remain open.