The origin of the Hudson's Bay Company's department store format can
be traced to 1881, when the company opened its first department store in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, under its proper name "Hudson's Bay Company".
Hudson's Bay (formerly and still colloquially known as The Bay) is a
chain of department stores that operate in Canada and the Netherlands.
It is the main brand of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC),
North America's oldest company.
In French, the chain is known as la Baie d'Hudson (formerly la Baie),
short for "Compagnie de la Baie d'Hudson". The chain uses both the
English and French versions of the name in some parts of Canada.
The stores are full-line department stores, with a focus on high-end
fashion apparel, accessories, and home goods. Flagship downtown stores
are located in Canada's largest cities, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver,
Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Winnipeg, often being multi-storey,
historic buildings. They carry a bigger range and selection of goods
than regular Hudson's Bay stores. The largest of the flagship stores is
the Toronto store on Queen Street, at about 1,000,000 square feet
(93,000 m2). Toronto has another smaller store along the Mink Mile at
Bloor Street East and Yonge Street in the Hudson's Bay Centre.
On 16 July 2008, it was announced that Hudson's Bay Company (the
parent company of the Bay) had been purchased by the US firm NRDC Equity
Partners, which owns Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue.
During its initial public offering in October 2012, HBC announced
that it would be re-branding The Bay's stores under the name "Hudson's
Learn more about HBC (Hudson Bay
Thank you for using the Apparel Search website.