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Hudson’s Bay to Launch TOPSHOP, Expand TOPMAN in Ottawa

Ottawa, ON (May 5, 2015) –TOPSHOP is thrilled to announce the opening its first store at the Rideau Centre in Ottawa this October through the brand’s exclusive partnership with iconic retailer Hudson’s Bay. As the owner of the Canadian rights to the TOPSHOP and TOPMAN brands, Hudson’s Bay continues to bring the UK-based brands’ joint style authority and brave trend-setting approach to new markets across the country. The Ottawa opening will mark the retailer’s 13th location in Canada.

“We are thrilled to bring TOPSHOP’s inspiring style to Ottawa and look forward to the continued success of the brand in Canada,” says Liz Rodbell, President, Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor. “The ongoing expansion of both TOPSHOP and TOPMAN in Canada has been a significant success for Hudson’s Bay, and we’re confident that Ottawa customers will embrace the stylish, trend-setting assortment of apparel, accessories and footwear of this iconic British brand.”

The new TOPSHOP store and expanded TOPMAN offering at the Rideau location will cover over 5,500 sq ft and boast the same selection of trend-driven pieces that both brands have become internationally known for. TOPSHOP will also offer Tall, Petite and Maternity fits in the brand’s coveted denim styles.

TOPSHOP and TOPMAN’s commitment to continual innovation has earned them worldwide respect, cementing their place on the international style map. Collaborations with the likes of Kate Moss, J.W. Anderson and Adidas Originals, as well a presence on the runway at London Fashion Week, have further advanced the brands’ reputations as fashion leaders.

“The Canadian customer has really embraced the TOPSHOP brand and we are delighted to continue expanding our presence in Canada with this new store in Ottawa. We look forward to opening our doors and welcoming shoppers to enjoy the full TOPSHOP in-store experience,” says Mary Homer, TOPSHOP Managing Director.

“The expansion of TOPMAN at Rideau represents yet another step in our continued international growth,” says David Shepherd, TOPMAN Brand Director. “We are extremely happy that Ottawa shoppers will get to experience the latest TOPMAN collections and up to the minute fashions.”

ABOUT HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY:
Hudson’s Bay Company, founded in 1670, is North America’s oldest company. Today, HBC offers customers a range of retailing categories and shopping experiences primarily in the United States and Canada. Our leading banners – Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH – offer a compelling assortment of apparel, accessories, shoes, beauty and home merchandise. Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s most prominent department store with 90 full-line locations, two outlet stores and thebay.com. Lord & Taylor operates 50 full-line locations primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S., four Lord & Taylor outlet locations and lordandtaylor.com. Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent luxury specialty retailers, comprises 39 U.S. stores, five international licensed stores and saks.com. OFF 5TH offers value-oriented merchandise through 80 U.S. stores and saksoff5th.com. The Company also operates Home Outfitters, Canada’s largest kitchen, bed and bath specialty superstore with 67 locations. Hudson’s Bay Company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HBC”.

ABOUT TOPSHOP:
TOPSHOP has become a major British style authority and one of fashion’s biggest success stories, with 499 stores worldwide, including 164 within international territories. The flagship store in Oxford Circus is considered the world’s largest fashion store, attracting over 500,000 shoppers each week. A pioneer of design collaborations, TOPSHOP is also well known for nurturing young talent, including Christopher Kane, Meadham Kirchoff, Hussein Chalayan, Richard Nicoll and Mary Kantranzou. TOPSHOP is the only high street brand to show on schedule at London Fashion Week, and has recently celebrated ten years of sponsoring New Gen – supporting young British designers and giving them a platform to show within LFW and promote their collections to the international press.

ABOUT TOPMAN:
TOPMAN has 256 stores in the UK, with a further 154 international franchises operating in 31 countries. The USA sites are fully owned flagship stores and this will be a total of 8 stores by April 2015. TOPMAN is also sold in 52 Nordstrom stores across the USA. TOPMAN.COM attracts an average of over 900,000 visits per week, with in excess of 100 new products going live online per week and shipping to 110 countries. It has dedicated transactional platforms for the UK, US, Germany, France and the four largest Asian markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

TOPMAN has supported the NEWGEN MEN British Fashion Council run scheme for 5 years, and a total of 25 designers have launched businesses through the program. TOPMAN is also entering the 10th year of MAN; a joint initiative with Fashion East which enables emerging designers the opportunity to show on schedule at London Collections: Men. MAN has supported over 20 designers over this period.

For more information please contact:

Michelle Veilleux
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Hudson’s Bay
416-256-5182
michelle.veilleux@hbc.com