Hudson’s Bay, the oldest retailer in North America incorporated in 1670, is a large Nortel user in their department stores. Other than a few locations that use legacy Mitel switches, 90 percent of the Hudson’s Bay stores use Nortel. Some locations use the Norstar Key System while other larger locations use the Meridian 1/CS 1000 PBX.
This particular store in downtown Banff, Alberta is located in a busy tourist area. It’s a small mini department store and they utilize a Norstar system with quite a few digital phones and a fair amount of overhead paging.
Hudson’s Bay also owns Saks Fifth Avenue, another large Nortel Meridian 1 user at one time. The newer Saks store are rolling out Avaya systems.
This first photo is a double special with two phones and it shows a black M7208 and M7100 digital set. The second photo shows a grey M7208 digital set. The black sets show the Norstar logo in the upper left of the speaker area. This replaced the earlier Meridian branding shown in this spot. I am unclear why Nortel wanted to remove the Meridian branding and replace it with Norstar, even though most everything Nortel manufactured in the 1990s was technically named “Meridian.”