Yorkdale Shopping Centre
I don’t understand Yorkdale Shopping Centre. I mean how much land does that mall have that it can keep expanding? It was only last November that the mall opened its most recent expansion and on Monday it was announced once again that the mall would be expanding.
Contrary to the impression you may have got from my initial paragraph I am actually excited for the project. In Monday’s release Yorkdale Shopping Centre said it would be adding 300,000 square feet and that 188,000 of that square feet will be dedicated to a Nordstrom. Now yes we all know that Sherway Gardens will be getting the first Nordstrom in Toronto, but what is important about this Nordstrom announcement is that it marks the department stores first deal with Oxford Properties Group as opposed to all their previous deals with Cadillac Fairview, illustrating that the brand is ready to invade more Canadian malls.
Now Yorkdale Shopping Centre prides itself to being a mall of firsts as they introduce a number of international retailers to Canadian market. However, even though Nordstrom will not be the first in Canada or Ontario, the new expansion does promise to bring even more foreign brands to Toronto. Regardless as I was looking through the malls website I noticed that in the coming year there will be a number of retailers making their first appearance in the Canadian market. In fact most recently Yorkdale welcomed the first AllSaints to Canada and will eventually welcome David Yurman, John Varvatos, Mulberry, White House| Black Market and my favourite Zara Home. Also finally opening at Yorkdale are honey, Massimo Dutti, Stuart Weitzman, Feragamo and LEGO.
So before you read the original post on Yorkdale Shopping Centre post for #ThrowbackThurday let’s do a quick comparison on Toronto’s two Nordstroms that will be coming in 2016.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre Nordstrom vs. Sherway Gardens Nordstrom
- New store will be built next to Silver City and open in 2016 vs. New store will be build where the Sporting Life is currently. It will be open in 2016.
- Three levels at 188,000 square feet vs. Two levels at 138,000 square feet
- Will be right on the subway line vs. Have to take a bus
- Artist rendering of exterior makes it look like a modern structure will feature a lot of natural lighting vs. Artist rendering of interior entrance suggest that the tent will provide a open concept feel leading up to the stores mall entrance.