Recap 2018: Merchants and Hotels

January 4th, 2019

Shortly before Christmas, we served you a recap of 2018’s openings and closures in the Montreal restaurant milieu. Here is a roundup of other developments during 2018, in retail, tourism and hospitality.
 
 

SHOPS
 
OPENINGS

Ofélia
A new boutique specializing in European women’s fashion offers Luisa Cerano (formerly at Ogilvy’s), Anne Fontaine, Riani, Raffaello Rossi and Princess Goes Hollywood—among others—on de la Montagne Street.
Info : 2071 and 2105A de la Montagne Street | 514 849-5775 | ofelia.ca
Brossard Décathlon
A large Décathlon sports store opened at the Brossard Mail Champlain in April, 2018. This was the first Canadian outlet for the French company, which has more than 1300 stores in nearly 40 countries.
Info: 2151 Lapinière Blvd, Brossard | decathlon.ca
La Shop BMR
An “urban hardware store” has opened in Griffintown, with a selection of products displayed in a large space with modern design and a unique ambiance.
Info: 70 Peel Street | 514 252-7467 | lashop.com
SSENSE
A new place where art and fashion meet, which was launched at 418 Saint-Sulpice in May, offers an avant-garde vision of retail by treating fashion clothes as contemporary works of art.
Info: 418 Saint-Sulpice Street | 514 289-1906 | ssense.com
Maison Birks
The little blue box is circulating again on Sainte-Catherine West. Maison Birks, the iconic jewelry store located at Phillips Square, has reopened after being rejuvenated.
Info: 514 397-2511 | maisonbirks.com
Kate Spade in Mirabel
The company of this famous designer’s bags and accessories for women has opened a boutique at Montreal’s Premium Outlets in Mirabel.
Info: premiumoutlets.com/montrealpremiumoutlets
Canada Goose
Canada Goose Holdings has launched a Montreal flagship store dedicated to its famous coats and accessories at 1020 Sainte-Catherine Street West, corner Peel.
Info: 438-320-6446 | canadagoose.com
SAQ Sélection de la Montagne
The new SAQ Sélection Quartier de la Montagne branch opened in November. Located in the new site of the future Four Seasons Hotel, it incorporates a Signature section.
Info: 1450 de la Montagne Street | 514-543-5770 | saq.com
OTH
The owners of Off The Hook—a small chain of street wear and skate culture stores—have opened a third OTH boutique on Saint-Laurent.
Info: 4357 Saint-Laurent Blvd | 514 499-1021 | offthehook.ca
Mackage Sainte-Catherine
The Mackage flagship store just opened in downtown Montreal. This Montreal designer of coats finally has a showcase at home.
Info: 1300 Sainte-Catherine Street West | 514 312-0189 | mackage.com
SQDC – cannabis point of sales
The Société québécoise de cannabis Society (SQDC) opened its first branches across the province, including three in Montreal.
Info: 970 Sainte-Catherine Street West | 9250, boul. de l’Acadie | 6872 Saint-Hubert Street | sqdc.ca
 
MOVES, LAUNCHES

Henriette L. and H Parfums
The Henriette L. boutique on Laurier Avenue West launched a collection of rare perfumes for men and women: H Parfums.
Info: 1031 Laurier Avenue West | 514 277-3426 | hparfums.com
Judith & Charles
The women’s fashion designer Judith & Charles has moved into her new boutique at 2090, rue de la Montagne.
Info: 514 845-8562 | judithandcharles.com
 
CLOSURES

Pâtisserie de Gascogne
Pâtisserie de Gascogne went bankrupt suddenly after 60 years in business.
Le Baldaquin
Le Baldaquin decoration shop at 63 de la Commune Street West in Old Montreal has closed permanently.
La Senza
La Senza lingerie stores in downtown Montreal have closed, including the flagship store at 1133 Sainte-Catherine Street West.
Info: lasenza.ca
Escales
The only North American boutique of the Parisian brand Escales, located downtown on Peel Street, has gone out of business.
Info: escales.eu
Anne Jean-Michel’s boutique
Anne Jean-Michel’s wedding dress and accessories store closed in the fall.
Malabar
Liquidation of the last costumes at the famous Malabar store on Parc Avenue ended a few days ago.
Info: malabar.ca
Trois Points
On December 15, after 30 years of hosting art exhibitions, the Trois Points art gallery ceased operations.
Info: galerietroispoints.com
Chocolats Andrée
The Chocolats Andrée store, in business since 1940, closed on December 31, 2018.
Info: chocolatsandree.com
 
 

HOTELS
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hôtel Mile-End
Restaurateur Hubert Marsolais unveiled his new, 30-room boutique hotel project at the corner of Laurier Avenue West and De l’Esplanade Street. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and finish in 2020.
Station Viger
The transformation of Viger Station into an office, retail, residence and hotel complex is expected to be completed in 2020.
Info: gareviger.com
Laval’s Palace Hotel
The Laval Convention Centre will open a hotel with 200 to 300 rooms within the next two years.
Info: 1717 Le Corbusier Blvd | 514 333-6000 | palacereception.com
Grand Times in Laval
Construction of a new, 300-room Grand Times hotel will begin this winter in Laval, with opening scheduled for the fall of 2020.
Info: grandtimeshotel.com
 
OPENINGS

AC Marriott Montreal Downtown
Opened at the end of March 2018, the new AC Marriott Montreal Centre-Ville, located at 250 René-Lévesque West Blvd along the Complexe Desjardins, offers 169 rooms, 3 suites and 7 meeting rooms.
Info: 514 877-9999 | acmarriottmontreal.com
Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe
The new Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe, adjacent to the new Saint-Hyacinthe Convention Center, has been renting 223 rooms since May.
Info: 450 250-5555 | starwoodhotels.com/sheraton
Bed & Cocktail
La Distillerie opened Bed & Cocktail, a friendly 12-bed inn, at 2043 Mont-Royal Avenue East, above Distillerie No. 2.
Info: 514 448-2641 | bedandcocktail.ca
ALT + in Quartier DIX30
The Germain family of Quebec has launched the ALT + Quartier DIX30 Brossard, which has 168 rooms, a restaurant and a bar.
Info: 9156, boul. Leduc, Brossard | 450 500 9156 | althotels.com
Le Germain Ottawa
The Quebec hotel group also opened Le Germain Ottawa boutique hotel in the federal capital. This 115-room hotel is located in the city centre.
Info: 30 Daly Avenue, Ottawa | 613-691-3230 | legermainhotels.com/fr/ottawa
Hôtel Birks
The opening of the new 132-room Hotel Birks Montreal, adjacent to the famous Birks store, took place during the summer.
Info: 1240, square Phillips | hotelbirksmontreal.com
Home2 Suites by Hilton
Offering 106 suites, the brand new Home2 Suites by Hilton Montreal Dorval opened near the Trudeau Airport.
Info: 1855 Trans-Canada Highway, Dorval | 514 676-8080 | home2suites3.hilton.com
Maison Otis
After a complete redesign that took more than a year of work, the historic Otis House in Baie-Saint-Paul has become a boutique hotel with 17 suites and 2 studios. The opening will be on January 21, 2019.
Info: 23 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street, Baie-Saint-Paul | 418-435-2255 | maisonotis.com
 
CHANGES

Hôtel Capitole de Québec
The Hôtel Capitole de Québec, its auditorium and Il Teatro restaurant are closed for major renovations, with the hotel reopening in June 2019.
Info: 418 694-4040 | lecapitole.com
From Best Western to DoubleTree
The former Best Western Montreal Airport, which closed for major renovations, has reopened with a new identity: DoubleTree by Hilton. Formerly, there was a DoubleTree hotel nearby, on Michel-Jasmin Avenue in Dorval. The newly located DoubleTree hotel has 169 rooms.
13000 Côte-de-Liesse Road, Dorval | 514 631-4811 | doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/quebec/doubletree-by-hilton-montreal-airport-YQBDADT/index.html
Hyatt moves to Doubletree by Hilton at Complexe Desjardins
The hotel at Complexe Desjardins, known for decades as the Hyatt Regency Montreal, has a new identity: Doubletree by Hilton Montreal.
Info: 1255 Jeanne-Mance Street | 514 982-1234 | doubletree3.hilton.com
Germain Montreal Temporarily Closes
The boutique hotel closed in order to carry out major work. At its reopening, scheduled for mid-2019, the building will have new floors to house thirty new rooms, new meeting rooms, and a new restaurant.
Info: 2050 Mansfield Street | 514 849-2050 | hotelboutique.com
Fairfield by Marriott Montreal Downtown
Hotel Lord Berri in the Latin Quarter has undergone extensive renovations and is now called Fairfield by Marriott Montreal Downtown. The establishment has 154 rooms and suites.
Info: 1199 Berri Street | 514-845-9236 | marriott.fr/hotels/travel/yulfd-fairfield-inn-and-suites-montreal-downtown
 
 

OTHER

Origin
A project to reanimate the large silos on Pointe-du-Moulin, in front of the Old Port, has been announced by the promoter Groupe Ikonic. The Origin project proposes a new park and tourism infrastructure with a hotel, high line, museum and shops.
Info: ikonic.biz
MAC transformation
The building housing the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal will close for renovations at the end of January 2019. Over the next two years, the MAC will stage ephemeral exhibitions at multiple sites around the city. Renovations will be completed for the fall of 2021.
Info: 514 847-6226 | macm.org
Statera - La 104e île
An interactive, multimedia experience was launched at the Sorel-Tracy ferry wharf in June 2018. The immersive journey, called Statera - La 104e île, offers a new perspective on the ecology of the Saint Lawrence River, Lac Saint-Pierre and the Sorel Islands.
Info: 450 846-2958 | stateraexperience.com
The Grand Quay
The inauguration of the Grand Quay, the former Alexandra Pier, took place last summer at the Port of Montreal. Thanks to its green roof, the site offers a new Montreal park.
Info: port-montreal.com/en/grand-quay.html
Canada Olympic House
Three years after its installation in downtown Montreal, Canada Olympic House has finally opened to the public, offering an interactive circuit in three rooms.
Info: 500 René-Lévesque Boulevard West | 514 861-3371 | ticketpro.ca
Golf Exécutif Montréal
This state-of-the-art private golf club, which opened last summer, features automation systems, simulators, and ball dispensers for practice.
Info: 999 de la Forêt Boulevard, Nuns’ Island | 514 767-1855 | golfexecutifmontreal.com
New romeo’s museum
The industrial stairwell inside the buildings at 5445 and 5455 on De Gaspé Avenue, in the Mile End neighbourhood, now houses the romeo’s urban art museum: 24 murals by 24 artists.
Info: 514 557-8648 | romeosgin.com
Cinéma du Musée
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Cinema Beaubien have partnered to establish the new Cinéma du Musée, which is open now.
Info: 1379-A Sherbrooke Street West | cinemadumusee.com
 
 

COMING SOON IN 2019

StoneHaven Le Manoir
The Sainte-Agathe property formerly known as McGibbon Manor will reopen as a resort under a new name: StoneHaven Le Manoir.
Info: stonehavenlemanoir.com
La Pinsonnière
A new version of La Pinsonnière, a hotel in Cap-à-l’Aigle in the Charlevoix—completely renovated with a new building that will increase the number of rooms from 18 to nearly 60—is expected to open in the fall of 2019.
Info: chotels.ca/nos-hotels/c-hotels-de-pinsonniere
Four Seasons Montreal
The Four Seasons Hotel Montreal—an establishment on de la Montagne Street with 163 rooms, 7 suites and 18 private residences—will open in the spring of 2019.
Info: fourseasons.com/montreal
PY1, Great Pyramid of MTL
PY1, a new entertainment complex created by Guy Laliberté and his design team Lune Rouge, will see the light of day at the Clocktower Quay in the Old Port next summer.
Info: py1.co
Förena in Mont-Saint-Bruno
Förena is a new spa complex under construction on a 600,000-square-foot lot adjacent to Mont-Saint-Bruno national park and Mont-Saint-Bruno’s ski hill. The largest Nordic spa in Canada will open in 2019, followed by a hotel in 2020.
Info: skyspa.ca
Downtown Décathlon
Décathlon, the French chain of sporting goods stores that established its first Canadian branch at the Champlain Mall in Brossard in 2018, will have a new branch in the Eaton Centre in the fall of 2019.
Info: decathlon.ca
Métro Métro Urban Music Festival
On May 18 and 19, the Esplanade at the Montreal Olympic Stadium will inaugurate Métro Métro, a new urban music festival.
Info: metrometro.ca
Théâtre Cartier
The owners of the Rialto and St-James theatres will give new life to the former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Church located at 2330 Sainte-Catherine Street East. After completing work in late 2019, it will become Théâtre Cartier and will host private and corporate events.
Info: 514 268-7069
Biodôme reopens
After more than a year of major work, the City of Montreal will reopen the Biodôme in the summer of 2019.
Info: 514 868-3000 | espacepourlavie.ca