Recap 2018: Merchants and Hotels

January 10th, 2020

Here’s our roundup of changes during 2019 in retail, services, hotels, and tourism, along with a look ahead to 2020. Our review of restaurant openings and closings in 2019 appeared earlier here:
New Bicycles Quilicot
Bicycles Quilicot has opened the largest bicycle store in Montreal on Masson Street.
Info: 3200 Masson Street | 514 842-1121 |
Philippe Dubuc on Laurier West
A new store for designer brands Philippe Dubuc and Sarah Pacini MAN launched in the fall on Laurier Avenue West.
Info: 1050 Laurier Avenue West |
Downtown Décathlon
Décathlon, the French chain of sporting goods stores that established its first Canadian branch at Mail Champlain in Brossard in 2018, opened another outlet at the Eaton Centre in the fall.
Opening of Boulangerie Jarry
This new bakery, opened in October, has the distinction of milling its own flour from Quebec grains.
Info: 300 Jarry Street East | 514 644-3133 |
Opening of Michael Kors
On November 22, the new Michael Kors flagship store welcomed its first customers, located at the former La Senza store. Michael Kors had closed an outlet at Ogilvy earlier in the year.
Info: 1133 Sainte-Catherine Street West | 438 469-1963 |
La Licornerie
A new boutique devotes to unicorns (stuffed animals, decorations, cakes, etc.) opened in June in the heart of the Plateau.
Info: 408 Mont-Royal Avenue East | 438 403-9828 |
Les Touilleurs Store Renamed
Les Touilleurs boutique changed its name to Boutique 1101 in the summer; it continues to offer the same products and services.
Info: 152 Laurier Avenue West | 514 278-0008 |
Holt Renfrew + Ogilvy
The Ogilvy department store added Holt Renfrew to its name in March. The former Holt Renfrew on Sherbrooke Street will close in 2020 when development work on Sainte-Catherine is completed.
Info: 1307 Sainte-Catherine Street West | 514 842-7711 |
All Chanel Under One Roof
The Chanel fashion store moved in the fall from the Holt Renfrew store on Sherbrooke Street to a new location in Maison Ogilvy.
Info: 514 842-7318 |
The Resurrection of Chocolates Andrée
Chocolats Andrée, which closed in 2018 after almost 80 years on Avenue du Parc, has reopened on Saint-Denis Street.
Info: 4440b Saint-Denis Street |
Abe & Mary’s Moved
The space of the former Montagne boutique was taken over by the chain of boutiques and cafes Abe & Mary’s, which in November moved their downtown branch there (formerly located across the street).
Info: 2125 de la Montagne Street | 514-908-4088 |
Urban Outfitters du Plateau
The Saint-Denis Street branch of Urban Outfitters closed at the end of 2018.
MEC Saint-Denis Street
The outdoor equipment cooperative MEC closed its store on Saint-Denis Street in January.
Arthur Quentin
The section of Saint-Denis Street north of Carré Saint-Louis suffered another blow with the closure of the Arthur Quentin tableware and home accessories store.
Info: 3960 Saint-Denis Street
Maison Cakao
Maison Cakao ended operations after 19 years of making treats.
Info: 5090 Fabre Street
1000 Feuilles
Outremont’s stationery and gift shop closed in the fall after more than 40 years in business.
Info: 109 Querbes Avenue

Boutique Montagne
Montagne Boutique, which sold clothes, jewellery and home accessories and was located at 2125 Rue de la Montagne, closed this past fall.
Info: 2125 De la Montagne Street
StoneHaven Le Manoir
The Sainte-Agathe property formerly known as Manoir McGibbon opened in March as a resort complex named StoneHaven Le Manoir.
Impéria Hotel & Suites in Boucherville
A third establishment of the Quebec chain Impéria Hôtel & Suites, with 80 rooms, was inaugurated in Boucherville earlier this year.
Info: 1550 De Montarville Boulevard, Boucherville | 450 857-3336 |
Microtel in Mont-Tremblant
The Wyndham Hotel chain opened an establishment under its Microtel brand. The Microtel Inn & Suites Mont-Tremblant has 100 rooms.
Info: 235, Montée Ryan, Mont-Tremblant | 819-717-2700 |
Four Seasons Montreal
The official opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Montreal took place on May 8. This luxury establishment has 169 rooms, 19 suites, and 18 private residences, as well as a world-class restaurant, Marcus.
Info: 1440 De la Montagne Street | 800 819-5053 |
Sleeping with Wolves
Parc Omega in Montebello has added a unique accommodation option for wildlife lovers: cabins in the wolf enclosure.
Info: 399 Route 323 North, Montebello | 819 423-5487 |
Uville in Old Montreal
In November, the 33-room Uville concept hotel received its first guests at Place d’Youville.
Info: 204 Place d’Youville |
A Makeover for Le Germain
With 35 new rooms, for a total of 136, Le Germain Montréal reopened for business on October 7 after a year of renovations.
Info: 2050 Mansfield Street | 514 849-2050 |
Reopening of the Capitole de Québec Hotel
The Capitole de Québec Hotel, which was closed for 18 months for an expansion, reopened in the fall with 109 more rooms and suites.
Info: 972 Saint-Jean Street, Quebec City | 418 694-4040 |
Private Thermotherapy Chalet
Les Loges has been offering a new wellness concept since the fall: an intimate Scandinavian-style chalet with all the amenities for private thermotherapy.
Info: 181 Tomifobia Road, Stanstead | 450 888-2533 |
In Time for Its 150th Birthday
The Clarendon Hotel in Old Quebec, ravaged by flames on January 23, reopened at the end of the year.
Info: 57 Sainte-Anne Street, Quebec City | 418 692-2480 |
Hilton Invests in Quebec City
The former Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Marigot Street in Quebec City changed its banner to DoubleTree by Hilton. Additionally, in 2020, the Hilton Quebec Hotel will close completely for a year for major renovations.
Comedy Club Le Terminal
Resto-bar Le Terminal transformed its ground floor into a comedy club last winter.
Info: 1875 Mont-Royal Avenue East | 514 522-4131 |
Edgar Returns
The team behind the former Edgar Hypertaverne pub on Mont-Royal Avenue brought Edgar back to life. Edgar Hyperlodge on Saint-Denis Street opened on March 14.
Info: 1738 Saint-Denis Street | 514 289-9339 |
Messorem Bracitorium
The Messorem Bracitorium microbrewery, located south of the Lachine Canal, served its first customers on Saturday August 3.
Info: 2233 Pitt Street |
Poincaré in Chinatown
The Poincaré brewery, open at the end of the summer, is the project of a group of local beer specialists who assembled their expertise from Vice & Versa, Dieu du Ciel!, and Pit Caribou.
Info: 1071 Saint-Laurent Boulevard |
La Cale, Cheers!
La Cale, a zero-waste pub, opened on the weekend of Montreal’s demonstration against global warming last September.
Info: 6839 St-Hubert Street | 514 360-0634 |
Little Brother for the Cloakroom
The owners of the speakeasy Cloakroom launched a new bar, Stillife, in November.
Info: 640 Saint-Paul Street West | 514 750-7676 |
Le Farsides Urban Tiki Bar
The owners of Bord’Elle opened Le Farsides resto-bar in December in Old Montreal.
Info: 690 Notre-Dame Street West | 514 951-8454 |
Champs Closed
Champs sports bar, a destination on the Main since the 1980s, seems to have closed for good at the end of the summer.
Info: 3956 Saint-Laurent Boulevard

MAC Overhaul Postponed
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s redesign project, which was scheduled to start in early 2019 and last 26 months, has been postponed for at least a year.
Info: 514 847-6226 |
Relocation of the Centre d’Histoire de Montréal
After more than 35 years in the old fire station at Place d’Youville in Old Montreal, the Centre d’Histoire de Montréal (CHM) will move to the Quartier des Spectacles in 2021 and will be renamed Mémoire des Montréalais.
Club Med Charlevoix Delayed
The opening of Club Med Charlevoix, a hotel complex with more than 300 rooms at the foot of the slopes of Le Massif, has been postponed until December 2021.
Extension of the Mccord Museum
A major expansion project for the McCord Museum has been announced. When completed, the new McCord Stewart Museum will occupy Victoria Street and the space of the former Le Caveau restaurant on President-Kennedy, with a new, 10-storey building.
Club 357c
Daniel Langlois’ private club, 357c, closed on May 24.
Saint-Jude Gym & Spa
The Saint-Jude Gym & Spa fitness centre, installed at great cost in 2013 in an old church on Saint-Denis Street, closed suddenly last spring.
Info: 3988 Saint-Denis Street
Mansfield Athletic Club
The health club’s heritage building was sold to a property developer and the club closed at the end of August.
Info: 1230 Mansfield Street | 514 390-1230 |
MAA Building Temporarily Closed
The MAA Sports Club heritage building, built in 1905 at 2070 Peel Street, is temporarily closed to allow for the construction of a new condo building which will be integrated into the existing MAA.
Info: 514 845-2233 |
Candiac Golf Club
The Candiac Golf Club, a championship course since 1950, ended its run last fall.
Spa Eastman Montreal
Spa Eastman Montreal on Sherbrooke Street West ceased operations in mid-October.
Info: 666 Sherbrooke Street West # 1601 | 514 845-8455 |
A Year Without the MWFF
The Montreal World Film Festival, presented annually since 1977, did not take place in 2019. Its website is no longer in operation.
Espace 67
The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau inaugurated Espace 67 — a newly outdoor space for shows and festivals in Parc Jean-Drapeau.
JUMP Bicycles
JUMP, a competitor to BIXI, launched a fleet of electric bikes for hire last summer.
New Verdun Beach
A swimming beach in Verdun, which was to have been completed in time for the city’s 375th anniversary, is finally open.
Info: 514 280-0789 |
New Private Room at Escondite
In August, Escondite, a Mexican restaurant on Drummond Street, opened a private room for group events.
Info: 1224 Drummond Street | 514 375-5945 |
New Private Room: Le Golden Crab
Last summer, Le Chien Fumant restaurant opened a new private event hall: Le Golden Crab.
Info: 4149 Sainte-Catherine Street East | 438 223-5405 |
Opening of Esports Central
Canada’s largest Esports electronic games centre opened in downtown Montreal in the summer.
Info: 1231 Sainte-Catherine Street West | 514 360-6372 |
Inauguration of Maison Principal
Maison Principal—a new, upscale site for private events located in a former church in Saint-Henri—held its inaugural gala in June.
Info: 870 Du Couvent Street | 514 884-3418 |

A New Venue for Contemporary Art
Antoine Ertaskiran and Megan Bradley have formed a partnership to create the new Bradley Ertaskiran gallery, set to open in January 2020 in the space of the former Parisian Laundry, which ceased operations in December, 2019.
Info: 3550 Saint-Antoine Street West
Förena in Mont-Saint-Bruno
Förena, the new spa complex near the national park and the ski resort at Mont-Saint-Bruno, will be inaugurated at the end of January.
Info: 250 Rang des Vingt-Cinq East | 844 985-2500 |
Espace Pour La Vie: Insectarium and Biodôme
The metamorphosis of the Insectarium began in 2019 and will last two years; the reopening of the Biodôme is expected in the spring of 2020.
Info: 514 868-3000 |
Ski In Ski Out at Tremblant
The C Hotels Network has announced a new condominium complex under hotel management at the foot of the Versant Soleil in Mont-Tremblant. C Hôtels Tremblant should be ready to welcome its first customers in December 2020.
Lux in Old Montreal
The Epik Collection Hotel group will soon launch a 37-room establishment named Lux on Saint-Jacques Street.
La Pinsonnière 2.0
A new version of La Pinsonnière at Cap-à-l’Aigle in Charlevoix—completely renovated and expanded with a new building to increase the number of rooms from 18 to almost 60—is underway this year.
Théâtre Cartier in the Spring
Théâtre Cartier is taking shape in the former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Church. This new event hall will host its first groups in April 2020.
Info: 2330 Sainte-Catherine Street East | 514 268-7069 |
Humaniti Hotel Opens Next Summer
Humaniti, a 193-room luxury hotel, was announced in 2016 and expected for 2019, and will finally open in the summer of 2020.
Info: |
ESPACE 1420 in Outremont
Before the end of 2020, the old chapel in the mother house of the Sœurs des Saints-Noms-de-Jésus-et-de-Marie will become ESPACE 1420, an upscale event venue.
Info: 1420 Mont-Royal Boulevard | 514 303-1420 |
Uniqlo Coming to Montreal
Montreal’s Time Out Market will have Uniqlo as its neighbour. The Japanese clothing store chain will open an outlet in the Eaton Centre before the end of 2020.
Sale of Hôtel Gouverneur Place Dupuis
The Hôtel Gouverneur Place Dupuis was sold to SAGE Holdings in 2019. It will remain a hotel, but is expected to change its name in 2020.
Info: 1415 Saint-Hubert Street | 514 842-4881 |