Space available (again) as Roots abandons 89 Bloor W. in Toronto

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It appears that the long-vacant retail space at 89 Bloor Street West in Toronto is potentially available for lease, again. Last month we interviewed Roots Canada co-founder Michael Budman, and we asked asked him about a lease Roots had signed for a 1,700 square foot space at 89 Bloor Street West, formerly occupied by MAC Cosmetics.

Mr. Budman began by confirming what industry insiders already knew: that Roots Canada intended on opening a store in the narrow 89 Bloor retail space that was once a residential townhome. Despite the awkwardness of the space, it lies on one of Canada’s most prominent retail locations, alongside retailers such as Hugo Boss, Harry Rosen and Porsche Design (whose lease is expiring soon) and just up the street from super-luxury retailers Chanel, Hermes, Prada, Cartier and others. Now that Roots has announced that it will instead locate its Bloor Street flagship at 80 Bloor Street West (replacing a Gap Kids store), the 89 Bloor space may be available.

Mr. Budman also expressed that Roots may look to utilize 89 Bloor for some purpose, although we’re not sure what he might have in mind. We’ve also been informed by brokers that the space is available for sublease. If anyone is interested in subleasing this space, feel free to contact Craig Patterson at: and he’ll put you in touch with the right people. 

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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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