Simons Opens at Halifax Shopping Centre Amidst Major Redevelopment


Revitalizing Retail: Simons Ushers in a New Shopping Era in Halifax

In a significant boost to the retail landscape of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Primaris Real Estate Investment Trust proudly announces the grand opening of Simons at the Halifax Shopping Centre. This marks a pivotal moment in the centre’s ongoing $52 million redevelopment project, introducing a fresh and dynamic shopping experience to Atlantic Canada’s premier shopping destination.

A Fresh Retail Experience Comes to Halifax

The Halifax Shopping Centre, now home to the Quebec-based fashion powerhouse Simons, unveils a 56,200 square foot flagship store, enriching the local retail mix with its distinctive blend of local and international designs, and a commitment to sustainable fashion. “The arrival of Simons introduces a unique retail proposition to the Halifax market, perfectly aligning with our vision for a diversified and vibrant shopping environment,” stated Patrick Sullivan, President and COO of Primaris.

Simons’ Growth and Innovation

Bernard Leblanc, President and CEO of Simons, expressed his enthusiasm for the brand’s expansion into Atlantic Canada. “Halifax’s dynamic growth and its appreciation for innovative design and sustainability make it the ideal setting for our first store in the region. This expansion is not just an investment in the market but also a significant contributor to the local economy, creating around 150 new jobs.
Beyond Simons: A Comprehensive Redevelopment Effort:The redevelopment of the Halifax Shopping Centre extends beyond Simons, incorporating a 38,500 square foot Winners, a 15,000 square foot Pet Smart, and the soon-to-open 13,000 square foot Dollarama. This comprehensive effort has not only revitalized the former Sears space but also introduced an additional entrance and a modern three-level glazed atrium, enhancing the shopping experience with abundant natural light.

Acquired by Primaris on November 30, 2023, the Halifax Shopping Centre stands as a beacon of retail excellence in Atlantic Canada. With a committed occupancy rate of 96.2% and spanning 562,000 square feet, the centre hosts an array of large format and unique-to-market tenants, including Sport Chek, Zara, Apple, Aritzia, Michael Kors, and many more, solidifying its position as a leading destination for shoppers in the high-growth market of Halifax.

The opening of Simons at the Halifax Shopping Centre is more than just a new store launch; it’s a significant milestone in the retail evolution of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It signifies a commitment to quality, diversity, and sustainability in retail, promising an enriched shopping experience for all. This development not only sets the stage for further retail expansion but also highlights the potential for other jewellers and retailers to explore new opportunities in this thriving market.