The bay leaves Laurier Quebec

The La Baie store at the Laurier Quebec mall will permanently close its doors next September, the parent company confirmed, which is initiating a large liquidation sale.

Retail loses another key player in the Quebec region.

“After careful consideration, Hudson’s Bay has made the decision to close its Place Laurier store. [sic]September 11, 2022. Hudson’s Bay will continue to provide a seamless experience for the community at both the Galeries de la Capitale and thebay.com website,” said spokeswoman Tiffany Bourré.

According to them, this closure was announced in 2021, but it seems that it has slipped under the radar, according to the general surprise of customers who have heard the news on site in recent days.

Even before the pandemic, Hudson’s Bay was evaluating the possibility of closing many stores across the country. In the case of Laurier Quebec, Ms. Bourré confirms that the announcement was made “internally” without any public dissemination accompanying it.

Unlike the Galeries de la Capitale store, which has undergone a complete makeover, the Laurier Québec store has not undergone a major makeover in recent years. This store was inaugurated in the early 1980s as part of the expansion of the mall. The store is spread over two floors with a total area of ​​150,000 square meters. This means there will only be one La Baie store left in the Quebec region. The shop on Place Fleur de Lys closed in 2017.

“Even though these decisions are difficult, they are good for our business. They reflect customer preferences and our vision for the future,” added Mr.me Stuffed into an email.

“We are committed to treating every employee with respect and fairness during this process. All eligible employees receive Packages As far as possible, suitable termination and transfer options are examined.

In this context, the closing sale took place on July 2nd.

The employees found on site, mostly women, preferred not to comment on the situation.

“It disappoints me even if I don’t always buy. I like big department stores,” said Ginette Sauvageau, a loyal customer.

For Carole Larochelle, also a regular at the bar, it’s a loss.

“That surprises me a lot. I was aware of the difficulties they were having, but this morning [hier]Despite everything, I was very surprised when I heard that. It’s a department store and I found that convenient as it’s close to my home. I liked coming here. I found things Times are changing a lot and that hasn’t changed a long time,” added Ms. Larochelle.

According to what The newspaper As reported last year, Ivanhoé Cambridge, owner of Laurier Québec, was investigating the possibility of a 1,000 to 1,500 unit mixed-use real estate development attached to the mall. At that time we were talking about a project worth around 100 million US dollars that was carried out over several years.

“As a real estate investor, we are always looking for projects that can have a positive impact on our assets and the surrounding communities. As for Laurier Québec, feasibility studies are still ongoing for various densification scenarios for this high-potential sector,” said Gabrielle Meloche, Senior Public Affairs Advisor for Ivanhoé Cambridge.

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