A mall sits in rarefied company when it signs a global retailer with only four other stores in the U.S.
That's the coup that Mall of America can crow about when it secured a Canada Goose store. The luxury apparel maker chiefly distributes in specialty retailers. But it has two stores of its own in the New York area, one in Boston and one in Chicago. In Canada, it has stores in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
This week, it announced plans to open six more around the world. The others announced by Canada Goose will be in Milan and Paris, with three more in Canada -- Banff, Edmonton and a second location in Toronto.
"Canada Goose is a brand that understands the need for bringing unique concepts to their customers," said vice-president of leasing Carrie Charleston in a statement.
For five years Mall of America has had little success filling the $325 million north-end expansion with luxury retailers. Last fall fast-fashion retailer H&M took a 40,000 square feet space in the wing, ending hopes of a wing devoted to high-end retail.
The new 5,500 square-feet Canada Goose store, opening in fall/winter 2019, will be on the first floor west between Nordstrom and Macy's, not the north wing. It will feature a "cold room" where guests can test the warmth of parkas in temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit.
The winter selection includes parkas, bombers, vests, jackets, snow pants and accessories. The iconic coyote fur-trimmed parkas sell for about $1,200.
What do the retail stores sell in the spring and summer? Currently, the website is offering raincoats for $600 to $800, hoodies for $500, sweaters for $375 and a men's quilted blazer for $1,800.