Shake Shack to Join The Ballroom Bowl and Hard Rock Cafe at ‘The Tenor’ in Downtown Toronto

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Shake Shack will be opening its first Canadian location at The Tenor in downtown Toronto, joining The Ballroom Bowl and Hard Rock Cafe which will both also open upstairs in the iconic building at Yonge and Dundas Streets. 

Shake Shack is confirmed to have leased the former Adidas retail space at the corner street level space in The Tenor. Shake Shack will occupy more than 7,300 square feet of space according to lease plans, with construction expected to start soon. Adidas vacated its space at The Tenor several months ago. 

A member of the Urban Toronto Forum posted the lease plan showing Shake Shack as a tenant on January 29th.

Image posted to the Urban Toronto Forum, showing the main floor of The Tenor at 10 Dundas St. E. in Toronto. Image is hyper-linked to its main source.
Future Hard Rock Cafe at The Tenor (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

Upstairs, Toronto-based bowling concept The Ballroom Bowl will open in a space of almost 13,800 square feet where the current third floor food court is at The Tenor, and it was recently announced that the Hard Rock Cafe will be returning to the area with a 9,925 square foot restaurant on the fourth floor of The Tenor where Milestones was most recently a tenant. 

A Winners store on the second floor of The Tenor, spanning 28,800 square feet, is said to be closing as a new location will open nearby at CF Toronto Eaton Centre in a space to be vacated by Old Navy.

Future Winners at CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

US-based Shake Shack announced in March of 2023 that it would expand into Canada with about 35 locations to open by 2035 — the chain has over 400 locations globally. 

Retail Insider was the first to report on Hard Rock Cafe’s closing nearby in the spring of 2017. The street front location is now home to a Shoppers Drug Mart store at the south end of Dundas Square on Yonge Street. 

The Tenor complex, managed by one of Canada’s largest 3rd party property managers, BentallGreenOak, sees about 28.5 million annual visitors, and spans 13 levels with 340,000 square feet of retail, office and entertainment space. The tenant mix includes a diverse variety of national brand retailers, restaurants, entertainment, and tourist attractions.

The Tenor is located at the busiest pedestrian intersection in Canada. An estimated 50 million people visit the Yonge-Dundas area annually, making it one of the busiest places in North America. Vehicle traffic is estimated to be about 5.5 million annually. More than 45,000 students attend the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) next door, and there are about 700,000 residents (and growing) within 5 km of the building. The busy Dundas TTC subway station sees about 26.6 million riders annually, many getting off right in front of the 10 Dundas Street East retail space in a building that was rebranded as The Tenor last year. 

Shake Shack is working with Beauleigh Retail Consultants for its Canadian expansion.

Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Publisher & CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Advisor at the University of Alberta School Centre for Cities and Communities in Edmonton, former lawyer and a public speaker. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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