Yorkdale Mall Expansion Opens November 16th, Including Wayne Gretzky


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On Friday, November 16th, the 145,000 square foot addition to Torotno’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre opens to the public. It reportedly cost $185 millon to build and will house first-in-Canada stores for Kate Spade, Ted Baker, Tesla Motors, Ann Taylor Loft and The Microsoft Store.

Holt Renfrew will also be expanded, as we previously reported. It will be one of Holt’s largest stores at about 120,000 square feet. The Holt’s expansion will open early 2013.

Wayne Gretzky and two other pro hockey players will be in attendance. According to The Toronto Star

“The line will open at 2 p.m. for an opportunity to play Xbox Kinect with Wayne Gretzky at 6 p.m. at the Microsoft store (details at Microsoft’s Facebook page). The first 200 customers in line for the store, which opens at 9:15 a.m., will also receive two wristbands to attend the Microsoft concert, featuring the band Train, on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. on the Yorkdale upper level parking deck, and will meet the band. The next 1,500 in line will get tickets to the show.” 

Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Image: JPRA Architects)

NHL hockey legend Johnny Bower will meet customers at the Scotiabank Branch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer will be in attendance from 6 to 8 p.m.”

Other new retailers opening Friday include: Rolex @ Raffi Jewelers, Anthropologie, Best Buy Mobile, David’s Tea, JOEY Yorkdale Grill & Lounge, L’Occitane, Papyrus, Ta-ze, and Wilfred Boutique. Stores already in Yorkdale that will be moving into the new space include Apple, Bell, Bluenotes, Champs, Club Monaco, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Lululemon, Mappins Jewelers, Scotiabank, Starbucks and TELUS. 

Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Image: Oxford Properties)

Yorkdale has seen some significantly upscale new tenants join its retail roster, including Cartier, Burberry and Tiffany & Co.. We can expect more upscale tenant announcements in the coming months.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre website: www.yorkdale.ca

Toronto Star article: http://www.thestar.com/living/fashion/article/1286952–yorkdale-mall-enlists-wayne-gretzky-and-the-band-train-to-promote-expansion

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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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