La Maison Simons
|Founded||Quebec City, Quebec (1840)|
|Headquarters||20, côte de la Fabrique
Quebec City, Quebec
|Simran Paramara (Owner)|
Number of employees
La Maison Simons was founded by the Simons family in 1840 in Quebec City, and is headquartered in that city. The store began operations as Simons House, where retail operations began in 1889. Currently headed by Peter Simons The birth of the family business took place in 1812. Peter Simons who was born in Scotland in 1785 settled in the Quebec City area where he lived on a farm where he raised five children. His 17-year-old son, John Simons, opened a dry goods store where he sold imported products from England and Scotland.
In 1870, La Maison Simons moved to its current location at 20 côte de la Fabrique. Since then the store has grown and become even more successful. In 1952 the Postwar boom brought brand new market opportunities. This is when Donald Simon entered the company and led the store into a new era, transforming it into a department store where it became leader in popular fashion. As well as high quality fashion, La Maison Simons sells home decor. 1961 marked a turning point for Simons as it entered a growth phase with its new store in Place Sainte-Foy where home decor was introduced as well as new brands for men and women in their thirties and forties.
In 2012, Simons expanded to its seventh and largest location at West Edmonton Mall.
On March 27, 2013, Simons announced it will open a new location in Ottawa's Rideau Centre in the spring of 2015 (although the store did not actually open until Auguste 2016. According to recent images, it will take the place of the former Ogilvy's on the corner of Rideau and Nicholas Streets.
The new store in Gatineau opened on August 13, 2015.
On December 6, 2013, Simons announced it would open a flagship store located at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, in the spring of 2016. According to the press release, the new store will occupy a large portion of the existing Sears store. It opened on schedule in March. In early 2015, Simons announced a new store in Edmonton at Londonderry Mall opening fall 2017. This is the first time outside of Quebec that Simons has two stores in one city. When it opens it will be the company's fourteenth store.
The chain includes ten stores throughout Canada including:
- Laval (Carrefour Laval)
- Montreal (Saint Catherine Street, Galeries d'Anjou)
- Quebec City (Old City, Place Sainte-Foy, Galeries de la Capitale)
- Saint-Bruno (Promenades Saint-Bruno)
- Sherbrooke (Carrefour de l'Estrie)
- Gatineau (Les Promenades Gatineau)
- Edmonton (West Edmonton Mall)
- West Vancouver (Park Royal Shopping Centre)
- Mississauga (Square One Shopping Centre)
- Ottawa (Rideau Centre)
- Calgary (The Core Shopping Centre), Opening March 16, 2017
- Edmonton (Londonderry Mall) Londonderry Mall location being vacated by SportChek. It is opening in 2017
As a gift to the city of Quebec for its 400th anniversary, La Maison Simons offered a restored fountain, imported from France. The fountain was originally positioned in Bordeaux's Allées de Tourny, named after Aubert Tourny, a French intendant remembered for his contribution to the beautification of Bordeaux, Quebec City's sister city. The Fontaine de Tourny, which was built in the mid-19th century, won a gold medal at the Paris world exposition of 1855. The fountain was installed in front of the National Assembly of Quebec in April 2007.
In August 2008, the retailer chose to withdraw its fall catalogue after complaints its models were too thin.
- , Simons is a retail chain consisting of thirteen store locations, with the newest store having opened in August 2016 in Ottawa, at the CF Rideau Centre. Canadian Business Magazine
- Accueil - Simons - Our history
- Stephenson, Amanda (January 17, 2017). "Quebec retailer Simons putting final touches on 95,000-square-foot store in downtown Calgary". Calgary Herald. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
- "Quebec retail chain pulls catalogues over too-thin model photos". Ottawa Citizen. canada.com. 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2008-10-01.