Simpsons Department Store

memoryYouTube user Retrontario frequently uploads fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips never fail to bring back a ton of memories for me, so I feature them from time to time.

It's been a while since we've shopped at Simpsons. When I was a kid, Simpsons was a big deal. It was right up there with Sears and Eatons. The Simpsons location on Yonge Street was especially important because that's where the gang from Today's Special hung out.

That Simpsons location is now a Bay, and the name Simpsons hasn't been used since 1991. As I understand it, the Hudson's Bay Company actually bought Simpsons in 1978 and today it's Sears Canada that actually owns the rights to the name, even though most of the outlets were converted to Bay stores some time ago.

Here's an ad for Simpsons for those of you too young to remember this slice of Canadian department store history.

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Phil Evans

Don't know if you recall this, but for a while it was also called Simpsons-Sears - and some other iteration I can't quite remember.

September 19, 2008 @ 11:42 AM


My Mom worked @ the Yonge St. location from '55-'56 & @ the Yorkdale location from '63-'65, in the children's dept. She used to take me to the restaurant too. Good times indeed.

September 24, 2008 @ 3:24 PM

Dave Park

Simpsons was always a separate company from Simpsons-Sears. Simpsons only operated in the Toronto region, Kingston, Kitchener, Windsor, Montreal, Halifax, Regina, London ON, and briefly Ottawa. Simpsons entered a joint venture in 1951 with Sears Robuck in the US to open Simpson-Sears stores in other cities.

October 24, 2008 @ 4:01 PM

Mary Stevens

My Dad was born in Simpsons Store in 1915. He was in a hurry. Sad to see the name changed.

January 22, 2009 @ 5:11 PM

David Perez

Hello, can anyone tell what years did Simpson's department store have Picture Frame shop in the stores.
Email with answer if anyone can help.

thank you

January 25, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

Peter Bagnall

Cannot help with this but 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.

March 5, 2013 @ 5:20 PM

Erik Ahlblad

By 1987, the Simpson stores had converted to The Bay for almost a year( Aug 1986) So, we living in NS would have missed that ad. I think by 1987 Simpsons was only in Montreal, Toronto, and other cities in Ontario. I heard that Simpsons completely converted to the Bay, Sears, or closed down by Aug 1991, 5 years after Halifax/Dartmouth stores converted to The Bay.

October 27, 2014 @ 3:09 AM

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