The Robert Simpson Montreal Limited




Simpson's austerely handsome edifice on Ste. Catherine Street  was built in stages from 1928 to 1930, and expanded in 1954.

Bedford limestone faced the store, with bronze deatils at the windows and entrances.

Detail of Simpson's street floor entrances.


Sketch of the store's street floor.

The Robert Simpson Montreal Limited
977 Rue Ste.-Catherine
Montreal, Quebec

VI 2-7221



DOWNTOWN STORE DIRECTORY

Street Floor
Power Tools (774) • Hardware (774) • Garden Shop (774) • Lawn Mowers (774) • Paints (772) • Home Comfort (771) • Automotive Accessories (713) • Honey Tree Restaurant
Simpsons Basement Store

Street FloorJewellery (703) • Watches (706)Cosmetics (701) • Drugs and Vitamins • Scarves (709) • Gloves (708) • Street Floor Blouses (709) • Accessories (709) • Handbags (702) • Small Leather Goods (702) • Boutique Vendome (711) • Hosiery (707)  • Wig Bar (711) • Candy (705) • Stationery (768) • The Book Shelf (768) • Gift Shop (767) • Canadiana Shop (767) • Notions (710) • Cameras (704) • Office Equipment (704) • Luggage (760) • Dubois Pastry • Men’s Furnishings (713) • Men's Razors (706) • Boutique Seigneur Shop (713) • Tobacco (706) • Men’s Sportswear (712) • Dunhill Humidor (717)

Second Floor

Children’s Wear (744) • Infants' and Childrens's (744) • Girls' Wear (745) • Children’s Shoes (722) • Women’s Shoes (721) • Boys' Clothing (714) • Men’s Shoes (723) • Shop for Young Men (715) • Men’s Clothing (712) • Men’s Tailored-To-Measure Shop (712)

Fashion Floor - The Third
Women's Sportswear (736) • Action Sports Shop (736) • The Beach Shop (736) • Dresses (734) • Coats and Suits (731) • Millinery (730) • Salon Perruques (730) • Salon Vendome (733) • Millinery Vendome (733) • Bride's Counsel (733) • Miss Simpson Shop (735) • Fur Salon (740)

Fourth Floor
Lingerie (742) • Intimate Apparel (741) • Corsets and Brassieres (741) • Fabric Centre (727) • Wool & Art Needlework (782) • White Sewing Machines (728) • Linens and Beddings (751) •
Vacuums (748) • Floor Coverings (750) • Rugs (750) • Lamps (754) • Curtains and Draperies (753 • Toytown 470 • Sporting Goods 469 • Credit Office • Customer Service


Fifth Floor
Silverware (746)China and Glassware (757) • Rosenthal Studio • Wedgwood Room • Bride’s Gift Registry • Housewares (755) • "Bon Appetit" Shop (757) • Home Appliances (756) • Small Appliances (747) • Television Radio (770) • Records (770) • Elizabeth Arden Salon • Gift Wrapping • Toytown (759) • Sporting Goods (758) • Luggage (760)
Sixth Floor
Treasure House (743) • Personalized Stationery Shop (743) • Furniture (769) • Garden Furniture (769) • Mattresses (769) • Simpsons Picture Gallery (743)Interior Decorating Service (769) • Pictures and Mirrors (769)


Seventh Floor
Credit Office • Customer Service • Portrait Studio • Simpsons Travel Service • Post Office • Optical and Hearing Aid Centre

BRANCH STORES (1965-19780



Fairview Pointe-Claire (Aug. 12, 1965)
Trans Canada Hwy. and St. Johns Road
153,000 sq. ft.
Café Vendome






Les Galeries d'Anjou (Aug. 8, 1968)
Metropolitan Blvd. at Montée St.-Leonard
180,000 sq. ft.
Café Carrousel




Carrefour Laval
120,000 sq. ft.






Les Promenades St.-Bruno (Aug. 23, 1978)

28 comments:

  1. wow... that brought back memories!

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  2. During the early 1980s, the downtown store was used as the setting for the CBC children's show, "Today's Special".

    Also, Simpson's developed a relationship with Sears-Roebuck and Co. I remember my grandmother having a sewing machine that she stored in the box it came from (apparently made in Canada) stamped Simpsons-Sears.

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  3. The Simpsons's Store on St. Catharine now houses an impressive Maison Simons Store. While not as large as the old Simpsons, the store does give new life to this building.

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  4. Just found this site. I worked at Simpson's downtown Montreal store in the early 70's. Behind the scenes, not in a retail department. I loved the place. Always interesting. I worked for a wonderful man, Mr. Henson. He taught me a lot.

    Thanks for this site.

    Bob B

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  5. Does anyone remember a restaurant across Simpson's serving British food?

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  6. I started work at Simpsons Montreal store in September 1963 as a Tracer for the Customer Service Department.This was my first job coming out of school.My manager was Mr Beauchamp. I met my wife there that same year as she started there in July 1963.We have now been married for 42 years.I have fond memories of the people I knew then.Claude Daoust

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  7. Wouls it be Murray's Restautant ?

    JC

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  8. bonjour je m'appelle yves pellerin j'ai travailler chez simpson's galeries d'anjou a comter de aout 1969 j'usque au transfert pour la baie ou j'ai continue a travailler j'usqua ma retraite en 2008 toujours dans le meme edifice.j'ai ete dans les departements du sport,jouet,quincaillerie comme vendeur ,assistant gerant,et gerant simpson's fut une tres belle epoque dans laquelle on sentait une appartence a ce non.si quelqun de cette epoque qui a travaille chez simpson's lit ce commentaire et qui desire communiquer cela me ferait plaisir. mon email est yves.pelletrin@hotmail.com

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  9. Yes I remember you. I worked downtown until 1985 when it closed. I was in the electronic dept. with JR, JC,AL, AB, LZ, LR, Miss Cougeon and Mrs Loupret to name a few. This was the best time of my career. A lot of work but also a lot of fun.MP

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  10. I worked at Simpsons from 1970 to 1978 in the BBO, Boys, and Young Men. If you know me I would like to hear from you. Joe Spuhler email spuhler@comcast.net

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  11. I worked at Simpson's in the men's glove department in 1967! So many of us have found our way here thanks to Bak. What a good experience!

    J'ai travaillé chez Simpson dans le département de gants d'hommes en 1967! Donc, beaucoup d'entre nous ont travaillé là et nous voici grâce à Bak. Quelle bonne expérience!

    isartor@verizon.net

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  12. I started to look into this building and was it not called Simpson Sears on the building and the store once they had acquired the SEARS label? The down town area was a place to go shop at Simpson Sears and then around 1988 they had no more the Sears and only called Simpson's and renovated the whole store with beautiful escalators and just an elegance to the store that was amazing. Shortly after that they closed and it looked like hell as they were selling everything off...that was a sad moment! Now it is a movie theatre and a store called Simons. Does anyone recall the Simpson Sears?

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  13. It was most emphatically not Simpsons-Sears. In general, Simpsons-Sears, which allowed the US Sears, Roebuck and Co. chain stores access to the Canadian market, was separate from the more upscale and locally-oriented Robert Simpson Company.

    Simpsons-Sears stores were most often located in suburban areas.

    You are right that the store underwent a major renovation in the 1980s that opened up the basement floor to the street windows and included new escalators.

    BAK

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  14. I remember the Toronto Simpson store,it was the highlight of an outing to go to the Aracadian Court for lunch, also I can remember going from Simpsons over to Eatons to see Santa.in the 30'sand 40's
    Thanks for the memories

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  15. I remember Simpsons on Queen Street in Toronto. The restaurant nearby was called Bowles Lunch according to my grandfather, now deceased. He ate lunch there every work day all through the Depression. Great memories.

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  16. Hi ! I started to work at Simpson's in 1963 the INFO. desk on the main floor and giving change to the Dept. than to Credit dept. and later Cash Office .What good memories ,My 1st boss was Mrs. Parkinson (Scotish lady ,manager) and and Mr.Jewitt ,very nice man. Many years later I worked for a major Bank and had Mrs. Parkinson and Mr. Jewitt who were then married became my clients and a few of the nice people that I have known.I learned a lot there ,since it was my first job and very shy .To bad it isn't there anymore . Incidently this is also where I met my future husband. Gina

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  17. The Montreal Simpsons started as John Murphy's in 1867, acquired by Simpsons in 1904, and renamed in 1928.

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  18. TORONTO store. Can you help please, does anyone have a contact address (email, telephone number, website) for Alf Walker, a 'geordie' from NE England who worked in the fishing tackle department. He also wrote angling books. I believe he showed customers how to fly cast on the roof of the store. I lost touch when he emigrated from the UK to Canada. peter@pb-pics.co.uk

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  19. I have also worked at Simpson's 5 years but my Mom worked there for 20years until it closed in Montreal on St-Catherine street. She worked in the offices I think she did all the floors, mezz, 3, 5 & 7, her name was Therese. I also did the second year of the Entre Amis Between Friends. Simpson was my first job and it is good memories. Beach_girl64@yahoo.com

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  20. Awesome rendered illustration of the Simpson's in Fairview Pointe-Claire! That really takes me back.

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  21. Hi,I worked at Simpsons' my first job, was on the main floor writing Christmas stockings up, loved it!!Later I worked part time, bounced around few departments, first one was the Linens in the basement, worked with the most nicest people, then became permanent on the main floor women's wear. My fondest memories are from their, I have met so many wonderful people,friends,that i cherish,I had a great time working their!

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  22. Hi , I worked at Simpsons St. Catherine St from 74 to 76 in the calculators to start and then the cosmetic dept. I have very fond memories of the people I worked with and often wonder where they are today. My manager was Mr. Corso.

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  23. Worked a couple of years in the camera dept (704) 1963-1964 Many fond memories.... Would love to locate the manager, Mr Len Grierson.
    John

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    1. I was surprised and pleased to see this comment. My Dad is Len Grierson - can you please send me some information about who you are and how to contact you and I will pass it on to him,

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    2. My Dad is Len Grierson. Please send me some information about yourself and how you can be contacted and I will put you in touch with him.

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  24. Hello; I started at the Simpson's Downtown Store in Montreal in October 74, and I left the company in June 89. I worked in the Sports Department 758, then Toiletries and Cosmetics 701, The Receiving Department, and back to Sports. Then I got transferred to the St. Laurent Warehouse for a few weeks where I assembled bicycles. Shortly after that, I was transferred to The St. James Warehouse where I worked in The Fur Storage Department for a few years. Several years later, they closed the St. James Warehouse and we moved into The Bay Fur Building on Hymus in Pointe Claire. A few more years passed and a company called The Fur Gallery came in and took over the Simpson's Fur Departments and The Fur Storage Department. We moved again shortly after that to Mill Street in Pointe St. Charles.
    Simpson's was a great company to work for. I wish we would have stayed with Sears instead of going with The Bay.
    I started a Facebook page a little while ago titled "Simpson's Department Store, Former Employees". Take a look if you want, and join the group.

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  25. Hi I worked for the Contract Division of the Robert Simpson Company from 1956 to 1958 and for a short time in 1963. Is there anyone out there who remembers those days?

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  26. Hi I worked at Simpsons between 1975- 80,Basement dept. in Linens
    main floor women's fashion ,part time in the China dept. I have to say this was one of my best times, meeting up with everyone in the basement cafeteria for break ,working during the Montreal Olympics
    wonderful experiences, met a lot of really nice people to work with!

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