Holt Renfrew to Close Quebec City Store

Holt Renfrew to Close Quebec City Store

Quebec City (Quebec) 29 August, 2014 – After starting its business in Quebec City in 1837, Holt Renfrew is shutting its doors for the last time after 177 years of serving its elite clientele. For 140 years Holt Renfrew had its main store on Buade Street and after closing in 1990 decided to move its only branch in Quebec City to Place Ste. Foy, it is now closing that location. This means the Name Holt Renfrew will no longer be an entity on the Quebec City shopping scene.

Sophia-LorenIt all started with a hat shop on Buade street opened by a Mr. William Samuel Henderson and from there developed into a cross Canada department store chain catering to a special customer who expected quality and good service. The chain had exclusive rights to many expensive brands including Christian Dior. The Holt Renfrew name became an exquisite shopping spot for the rich and famous in Canada, helping build its reputation to what it is today. Sophia Loren shopped there once when making a movie in Montreal which kick-started a whole clientele of the upper class society.

The line of stores which remain in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal will be given a face lift in the coming years by the present owners, the Weston family.

The 85 employees that work at the Ste. Foy store will be compensated generously and will be given help in finding new employment in the city.

Holt Renfrew hopes their faithful customers will continue to shop at their Montreal store on Sherbrooke Street, and apologizes for the closure but, states that the profitability had become an issue together with the online shopping craze that a lot of the younger generation tend to adhere to, meaning the future didn’t look bright.

Life in Québec staff writer

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