Apple Store in Downtown Montréal Reportedly Moving to 125-Year-Old Heritage Building

Apple is preparing to move its retail store on Saint-Catherine Street in Montréal, Québec, according to Canadian newspaper La Presse.

Apple Sainte Catherine MontrealThe current Apple Sainte-Catherine store

The report cites three sources who said Apple will be opening a new retail store in a 125-year-old heritage building located at 1255 Saint-Catherine Street, which would be less than 100 meters away from the company's current store on the street. Apple's contractors are said to be in the process of completing major renovations to the building, which has been vacant for a few years after clothing retailer Ardene left the space.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman last year reported that Apple was considering relocating its Saint-Catherine store. At the time, he said Apple aimed to open the new store in February 2025, but the timeframe could change. La Presse reported that Apple's current space on the street is already listed as available for lease online. Apple has not publicly announced any plans to relocate the store, and it did not respond to our inquiry.

1255 Sainte Catherine1255 Sainte-Catherine Street (Image Credit: LoopNet)

Apple's existing two-floor store on Sainte-Catherine Street first opened in 2008, in Montréal's downtown Ville-Marie area. The store will be temporarily closed for one day on Tuesday, April 23, for reasons unclear, according to Apple's website.

The new location would be Apple's first store within a historic building in Canada, with many of the company's other locations in the country found in indoor shopping malls. Apple recently relocated its store at the Square One shopping mall in Mississauga, Ontario, just west of Toronto, as it continues to modernize its Canadian retail fleet.

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Top Rated Comments

Joe Rossignol Avatar
13 weeks ago

This might be the most classy-looking Apple store I've ever seen. ?
You should download the Facades app or look at applestorefronts.appspot.com. There are many classy ones that I find nicer or at the very least equal vs. the planned Montreal one.





Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citysnaps Avatar
13 weeks ago

This is sad... a soulless corporate entity taking over a beautiful building only to ram a bunch of brand cheerleaders gawking over shiny iphones like sheep just to fill the pockets of a THREE TRILLION DOLLAR COMPANY.

Ugh.
Yeah... I guess it's better to let those dilapidated heritage buildings be demolished as the costs for renovations and bringing them up to modern (and required) commercial building codes isn't something most companies want to deal with.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
crsh1976 Avatar
13 weeks ago

Still not very well located. It's too far to the west. Would be nice more central near McGill College and near Eaton Centre.
Goodness, McGill is literally 5 minutes away by foot.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
acorntoy Avatar
13 weeks ago

This might be the most classy-looking Apple store I've ever seen. ?
My favorite is the Tower Theatre store in DTLA.

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Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tkaravou Avatar
13 weeks ago
It's literally moving 2 buildings away. It's moving from next to the Ogilvy building to right next to the Ogilvy building. Ironically, this is also next to Hermes Montreal.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zadillo Avatar
13 weeks ago

Maybe an unpopular opinion, but I wish they wouldn’t do this. I was in DC last year and stopped by the store near the national portrait gallery and really didn’t like it, super weird place.
It was a partially closed and unused building that Apple helped to restore, and currently shares the building with the DC History Center:

https://dchistory.org/about/carnegielibrary/

"From 1972 to 1977, the building sat unused. In 1977 the University of the District of Columbia proposed to make it the anchor for a Mt. Vernon Square campus, but later abandoned the plans. In 1999 the District of Columbia granted the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. a 99-year lease on the building to house an urban history museum. The Historical Society raised more than $20 million to renovate the building and opened the City Museum in 2003. Though the museum closed its doors in 2004, the DC History Center has continued to operate its Kiplinger Research Library, exhibits, and programs from the Carnegie Library.

In 2016 Apple executed an agreement with Events DC, which manages the building, to restore the Carnegie Library and lease some space for a store. In 2019 Apple, in partnership with DC History Center and Events DC, completed the restoration, creating today’s architectural gem in downtown DC. Today Apple shares the building with the DC History Center."
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)