Nordstrom opened its 3rd largest Canadian store at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre with a 3 level 199,000 s.f. retail space that occupies a large portion of the new Yorkdale expansion. In addition to the typical Nordstrom services, departments and restaurants, it features large window-lit display areas and gallery-like moments with sculptural displays as well as numerous shop-in-store womens designer shops, rightly so for the fashion-forward Yorkdale shoppers. Personally as a man I was drawn to the rich smelling broken-in leather couch and the lenticular X-Ray Slash guitar-rocking portrait.
Nordstrom opened its first Toronto location and flagship at the Eaton Centre in mid September, with 220,000 s.f. of retail space. Along with typical departments for cosmetics, boutique shops, jewelry, accessories, shoes, mens and womens fashion, it also has 3 bars / restaurants and a cafe. The lounges and personal shopping areas are little gems that offer unique experiences for shoppers. More details can be seen in the blogto and Toronto life articles.
Holt Renfrew opened its Square One flagship in Square One Shopping Centre late July, bringing a large presence of 130,000 sq ft over three stories: P1 level (BOH), main retail floor and mezzanine. Architectural design is by Janson Goldstein in NYC and the Lighting design by L’Observatoire. The majority of the design is all bespoke and custom designed for Holt Renfrew. Construction by Govan Brown.