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Hudson’s Bay opens the largest women’s shoe store in Canada at its Queen Street flagship

Hudson’s Bay opens the largest women’s shoe store in Canada at its Queen Street flagship

HBC president Bonnie Brooks has brought a couture boutique, a new logo and several buzzy partnerships to Hudson’s Bay since taking over in 2008. The latest step in the dumpy department store’s transformation into a trendy retailer: a gleaming 50,000-square-foot ladies shoe department in its downtown flagship. The vast space—reportedly the country’s largest women’s shoe store—occupies the entire west side of the ground floor and has Hudson Bay’s mid-range brands grouped in shop-like bays. The high-end shoes formerly displayed in The Room have also moved downstairs to an expanded boutique at the Bay Street entrance, offering shoppers a wider selection from the likes of Christian Louboutin, Azzedine Alaïa, Charlotte Olympia and Pierre Hardy. The men’s footwear, meanwhile, remains relegated to the second floor. Sorry, guys.

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