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Written by JENNI O’Nyons   
Friday, 29 April 2011 12:27

There is a buzz among shoppers as Victoria’s Secret is set to open its doors to Calgarians

The first Victoria’s Secret store in Calgary will open in Chinook Mall, with the grand opening taking place on May 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Victoria's Secret Angels Candice Swanepoel and Doutzen Kroes will make an appearance in the evening to sign autographs.

“There is certainly a lot of buzz around the opening, and if our social media channels are any indication, this is definitely one of the most anticipated store openings in Chinook Centre's history,” says Jessie Cayabo, communications manager of Chinook Centre.

“After Easter weekend, customers will begin to see hints of the ‘Angels’ landing in Chinook sometime in the next few weeks.”

Danielle Mackey, a new employee of Victoria’s Secret, has spent the past few weeks training for her new position as a lead cashier. She says the 200 new employees have been braced for a busy first few weeks. “We’ve been told the line-up to get into the store on the opening day will be three hours.”

Danielle Mackey has been conscientiously studying her Victoria’s Secret training manual in preparation for the grand opening on May 5.
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If the opening of the Edmonton location is anything to go by, it will make for a hectic shopping experience. “They sold almost $1 million on the opening day,” Mackey says. “They reached capacity and a customer actually passed out.”

Rebecca Johnston says she is excited for the store opening because, “now I won’t have to drive three hours to Edmonton.” Although Johnston lives only two minutes away from Sunridge Mall, she says she’ll be making the extra 20 minute journey to shop at Chinook once Victoria’s Secret opens.

She says she likes the store because it offers various bra shapes and sizes. “I have trouble finding bras that fit because of my chest size.”

Mackey says she is looking forward to actually working in the store after all of the training she has been through. She enthuses that she has learned a lot of interesting tidbits.

“According to my training book, 70 per cent of women wear the wrong bra size,” she says, “and the idea of ‘Victoria’ is apparently supposed to be a half-French, half-English, 30-something career woman. She is based on Candice Bergen.”

Mackey laughs that her favourite fact out of her training book is, “The guy who does our bra testing used to test military gear – ready for combat,” she quips.

Mackey’s statement is apt, considering the long shift ahead of her on May 5.