CHANEL OPENS SHOP IN HOLT RENFREW UNIT

NEW YORK--A 1,000-square-foot Chanel boutique opened last week in an expanded section of the Holt Renfrew specialty store in Montreal.
The Chanel space is in one of three Sherbrooke Street gray stone mansions that Holt Renfrew is restoring as part of an expansion project.
Chanel's boutique, which will be managed by Holt Renfrew, will carry ready-to-wear, accessories, cosmetics and fragrances. It is the first shop to open in the restored mansions.
A Giorgio Armani boutique is scheduled to open next to Chanel later this month, a Holt Renfrew spokeswoman said. The third restored mansion will showcase men's wear.
The mansions have separate entrances to Sherbrooke Street and also are connected to the main section of the Holt Renfrew store via an atrium.
Holt Renfrew expects to double its selling area at the Montreal flagship to about 80,000 square feet by September, when the restoration project is planned for completion.
The renovation is part of a $30 million expansion project Holt Renfrew has outlined for four of its 12 units. The retailer said the Sherbrooke Street restoration is the "most ambitious" of the four, but did not break out the cost of the individual projects.
Christian Gallion, the architect of Chanel boutiques worldwide, designed the interior of the new Chanel unit. Chanel also has two freestanding boutiques in Canada, in Toronto and Vancouver.

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