Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Now located in Toronto, Craig is a retail analyst and consultant at the Retail Council of Canada. He's also the Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for the past 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees. He is also President & CEO of Vancouver-based Retail Insider Media Ltd.

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[Image: Holt Renfrew]

Holt Renfrew

‘s off-price store 


opens today at

Quartier Dix30

in suburban Montreal. The store will be 24,500 square feet.

In October 2012 we announced

Holt Renfrew’s hr2 concept and revealed its

second store will open

early May

at Toronto’s Vaughan Mills


Holt Renfrew just released a list of some of hr2’s designers. These include: Alice + Olivia,
Diane von Furstenberg, Splendid,

Michael Michael


Cole Haan




Tory Burch

, Ray-Ban, 7 for All Mankind,


, Elie Tahari,

Ralph Lauren

, House of Harlow, Anzie, John
Varvatos, Hunter and hr2 private label. The store will have about 150 brands in total.

We took special note that hr2 will include its own private label merchandise. We look forward to seeing it in-store and, hopefully, available online.

[Image: Holt Renfrew]

We also notice that some of the above designers are also carried at

Hudson’s Bay

. hr2 may therefore be considered, at the very least, a minor competitor to Hudson’s Bay by carrying labels like Diane von Furstenberg, Spendid, Elie Tahari and others. 

We’ve been told that hr2’s atmosphere will be “casual but smart”. Stores will be bright, and merchandise will be updated/added weekly. 

hr2 Vice President Heather Arts says: “

We are pleased to welcome customers to this unique new
shopping experience.  hr2 will offer fresh and distinct merchandise. Our vendors are thrilled to
partner with us to grow their business through this new premium
off-price store.

” Ms. Arts further goes on to say: “

While some of the
brands at hr2 will also be carried at Holt Renfrew, product assortment will not



hr2 press release


hr2 website link:

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