Behind the black tarps that cover its entrance, construction workers with drills, hammers and paintbrushes in-hand work furiously to put the finishing touches on Saks Fifth Avenue’s first Canadian location.
An early preview of the relatively primped and polished store reveals an open space flanked by in-store boutiques, an extensive jewelry department and stocked shelves. Behind white construction boards lies the promise of a restaurant by Oliver & Bonacini scheduled to open later this spring.
There is every indication that Saks Fifth Avenue is ready for its foray into Canada. The HBC-owned department store chain opens the doors Thursday morning to its CF Toronto Eaton Centre location, occupying 169,000 square feet and three levels of the Hudson’s Bay building on Queen Street.