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Retail Profile: Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto (Summer 2021 with Photos)

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Retail Insider continues its Photo Tour series of Canadian malls which began as a result of COVID-19 closures. We have been providing insights into shopping centres coast-to-coast which may otherwise be overlooked. This edition takes us to Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. The shopping centre houses about 270 stores and features the largest collection of first-to-market retailers and luxury brands in the country. Yorkdale is owned/managed by Oxford Properties.

With $2 billion in annual sales prior to the pandemic, Yorkdale ranked among the most productive shopping centres in the world with sales per square foot exceeding $2,000.

Google Map of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with "Yorkdale Shopping Centre" pinned
Google Map of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with “Yorkdale Shopping Centre” pinned. Photo: Google Maps
Yorkdale Mall Map
Yorkdale Mall Map. Image: Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre is an indoor shopping mall with 270+ stores and approximately 2.0 million square feet of retail floor space. The shopping centre boasts six large format anchors which includes:

History of Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Iconic Canadian department store chain Eaton’s purchased the land where Yorkdale is located in the 1950s with the intention of opening a shopping centre. Shortly thereafter, Eaton’s sold an 11 acre site to department store retailer Simpsons which built a 300,000 square foot store at Yorkdale. The shopping centre opened in February 1964.

Postcard for Yorkdale Shopping Centre in the in the early 1970s.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre has had numerous renovations and expansions since 1964. The notable changes to include a complete overhaul in 1999, an expansion in 2005 increased the size to 1,404,646 square feet, an expansion in 2012 adding 145,000 square feet (where the Apple store is now located), the 298,000 square feet expansion for the Nordstrom wing in 2016, and the Restoration Hardware and wing addition in 2017.

Breaking up Yorkdale Shopping Centre

In order to make this photo tour manageable, the shopping centre has been divided into seven tour zones which generally corresponds to the expansions that occurred within.

Yorkdale Tour Zones
Yorkdale Tour Zones. Photo: Map by Yorkdale Shopping Centre, highlighted by Retail Insider.

The seven zones for this retail tour include:

  • Luxury Loop
  • 2012 Expansion Wing (Apple/Holt Renfrew Expansion)
  • 2017 Expansion Wing (Restoration Hardware/Sporting Life)
  • Centre Run
  • Core/Middle Area
  • 2016 Expansion Wing (Nordstrom)
  • North Run

Zone 1 – Luxury Loop

Map of Luxury Loop at Yorkdale
Map of Luxury Loop at Yorkdale. Photo: Yorkdale.

Yorkdale’s luxury brand expansion began in 2009 when Tiffany & Co. opened a store near the mall’s Holt Renfrew anchor store. The rest of the stores in that area (Eddie Bauer, etc) would relocate or exit Yorkdale upon their lease renewal or expiry, which allowed for luxury brands to move in.

Holt Renfrew at Yorkdale
Holt Renfrew at Yorkdale – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Retail Insider covered many of the openings during this expansion, including:

Additional retailers in this area of Yorkdale include Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Sunglass Hut, The Disney Store, and Bitter Sweet. UK Fragrance Brand, Jo Malone recently open in Yorkdale as part of the company’s global retail expansion. The Disney store is about to close along with all locations in Canada that haven’t already.

Tiffany & Co. and Cartier at beginning of mall corridor at Yorkdale. Photo: Dustin Fuhs.
Tiffany & Co. and Cartier at beginning of mall corridor at Yorkdale. Photo: Dustin Fuhs.

Zone 2 – 2012 Expansion Wing (Apple)

Map of 2012 Expansion Wing at Yorkdale
Map of 2012 Expansion Wing at Yorkdale. Photo: Yorkdale.
Yorkdale Entrance H
Yorkdale Entrance H – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

The 2012 expansion for Yorkdale introduced the iconic large Apple store which is a key tenant for shopping centre visitors. A number of luxury retailers have spilt over from the luxury run making the 2012 wing another high-glamour stretch of Yorkdale. Towards the bottom left corner are two car dealerships (Tesla and Nissan) as well as L’Occitane’s first-in-the-world concept store. Retail Insider covered many of the openings during this expansion, including:

Additional retailers in this area of Yorkdale include Wilfred, Apple, Club Monaco, Stuart Weitzman, Lush Cosmetics, Champs Sports, and the Nissan Studio.

Zone 3 – 2017 Expansion Wing (Restoration Hardware)

Map of 2017 Expansion Wing at Yorkdale
Map of 2017 Expansion Wing at Yorkdale. Photo: Yorkdale.
Yorkdale Restoration Hardware
Yorkdale Restoration Hardware – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Yorkdale’s most recent expansion was this wing in 2017. It is home to a mansion-like Restoration Hardware, plenty of food and beverage options, Sporting Life and a number of other retail openings during this expansion, including:

Additional retailers in this area of Yorkdale include Danish Pastry House and Uncle Tetsu.Vegan restaurant concept by CHLOE. recently shuttered and the company will come back to Canada with a new name.

Zone 4 – Centre Run

Map of Centre Run at Yorkdale
Map of Centre Run at Yorkdale. Photo: Yorkdale.
Avengers Station and Lego Store at Yorkdale
Avengers Station and Lego Store at Yorkdale – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

The centre run of Yorkdale runs from end-to-end, so we split it into two areas. This portion borders Harry Rosen and stretches halfway across the mall. It includes a Marvel Avengers “S.T.A.T.I.O.N.” entertainment centre as well as a number of other retailers reported on in Retail Insider:

Additional retailers in this area of Yorkdale include Raffi Jewellers, European Boutique, Lindt Chocolate Shop, Call It Spring, Garage, Aldo, Bikini Village, Levi’s, MICHAEL’s Bakery, Johnston & Murphy, Browns Shoes, B2, Plus, SoftMoc, Footaction, The LEGO Store, Melanie Lyne, and honey.

Zone 5 – Core/Middle Area

Map of Middle/Core Zone at Yorkdale
Map of Middle/Core Zone at Yorkdale. Photo: Yorkdale.

Retail Insider covered the announcement from Nike, which will see the brand relocate from the current location beside American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie to the new flagship location opening later this month. This space was occupied by Zara Home and Le Chateau on the first floor and Home Outfitters on the second level. Retail Insider covered a number of retail openings in this section of Yorkdale, including:

Additional retailers in this area of Yorkdale include Club Monaco Men, Kiehl’s, MAC Cosmetics, People’s Jewellers, Pottery Barn, Marciano, Massimo Dutti and Old Navy.

H&M at Yorkdale
H&M at Yorkdale – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

Zone 6 – 2016 Expansion Wing (Nordstrom)

Map of 2016 Nordstrom Expansion at Yorkdale
Map of 2016 Nordstrom Expansion at Yorkdale. Photo: Yorkdale.
Away and Maje at Yorkdale
Away and Maje at Yorkdale – Photo by Dustin Fuhs

The 2016 expansion for Yorkdale brought a number of key retailers to the shopping centre, including Toronto’s second Nordstrom store and a number of retail openings which Retail Insider reported on, including:

Additional retailers in this area of Yorkdale include Saje Natural Wellness, Laline, Oak + Fort, Williams-Sonoma, Nature Collection, Lululemon, The Source and Nutrition House.

Zone 7 – North Run

Map of the North Run at Yorkdale
Map of the North Run at Yorkdale. Photo: Yorkdale.

The final section of Yorkdale has less luxury retail and a wide mix of retailers. The area was also home to the former Forever 21 and Victoria’s Secret, but the current retailers which Retail Insider reported on include:

Additional retailers in this area of Yorkdale include Harry Rosen, H&M, Lids, Guess, Banana Republic, Crate & Barrel, UGG Australia, Tristan, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Michael Hill, Urban Behavior, Aldo, Rudsak, Skechers, Steve Madden, Kids Foot Locker, Gap Kids, La Senza, Dynamite, Jack & Jones, Aerie, Journeys, Just Cozy, American Eagle Outfitters, and Geox.

North Run at Yorkdale. Photo: Dustin Fuhs

We had a very interesting photo walk around Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Don’t forget to check out our other retail photo tours over the past few months. Thank you for taking this tour with us.

Photo Walk at Yorkdale on July 31st, 2021

Images by Dustin Fuhs

Former Innisfree at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Disney Store Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Disney Store Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Disney Store Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Disney Store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Nordstrom at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Nordstrom at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Cheesecake Factory at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Cheesecake Factory at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Cheesecake Factory at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Cheesecake Factory at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Former Victoria's Secret at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Former Victoria’s Secret at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Disney Store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Disney Store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Aesop at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
House of Hoops at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Laudree at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
L’Occitane at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Former T. Kettle at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Tesla at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Tesla at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Ted Baker at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Apple Store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Danish Pastry House at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Danish Pastry House at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yu Seafood at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yu Seafood at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Former by Chloe at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Former by Chloe at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Raffi Construction at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Raffi Construction at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Raffi at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Raffi at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
ergoCentric at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Conspiracy at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Conspiracy at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Nike at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Nike at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
aerie at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
aerie at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Former Godiva at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Former Godiva at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Harry Rosen at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Harry Rosen at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Forever 21 at Hudson’s Bay at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Forever 21 at Hudson’s Bay at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Forever 21 at Hudson's Bay at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Forever 21 at Hudson’s Bay at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Forever 21 at Hudson's Bay at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Forever 21 at Hudson’s Bay at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Forever 21 at Hudson's Bay at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Forever 21 at Hudson’s Bay at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Burberry Construction at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Burberry Construction at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Holt Renfrew at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Holt Renfrew at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Breitling at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Breitling at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Browns at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Browns at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Footaction at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Footaction at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Donut Hive at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Donut Hive at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Avengers Station at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Avengers Station at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Avengers Station at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Avengers Station at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Oliver Peoples at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Oliver Peoples at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Lacoste at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Lacoste at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
House of Hoops at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
House of Hoops at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Disney Store Closing Lineup at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Disney Store Closing Lineup at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Peter Triantos at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Peter Triantos at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
aesop at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Thom Browne at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Thom Browne at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Golden Goose at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Golden Goose at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Sephora at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Sephora at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Jo Malone at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Jo Malone at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Chloe at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Chloe at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Alexander McQueen at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Alexander McQueen at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Reformation at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Reformation at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Zadig & Voltaire at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Zadig & Voltaire at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Nordstrom at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Burberry in Nordstrom at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Chloe in Nordstrom at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Nordstrom at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Roots at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Roots at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Louis Vuitton at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Louis Vuitton at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Old Navy and Nike Construction at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Moxies at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Moxies at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Guest Services at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Guest Services at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Saje at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Saje at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Oak + Fort at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Oak + Fort at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Williams Sonoma at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Williams Sonoma at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Starbucks at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Starbucks at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Laduree at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Laduree at Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Photo by Dustin Fuhs (July 31st, 2021)

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Lee Rivetthttps://retail-insider.com
Lee Rivett, based in Vancouver, supports the digital distribution and technical backend operations of Retail Insider. This includes providing technical support for the editors during the digital publication cycle, streamlining virtual tools for the cross-country team and a variety of other duties which keeps the publication running smoothly.

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