Nordstrom to Bring New Restaurant Concepts to Canada

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Upscale Seattle-based Nordstrom has revealed that it will open two new restaurant concepts in Canada. Nordstrom’s next Canadian location opens on September 18 in Vancouver, and three Toronto locations will follow in 2016 and 2017. 

Nordstrom’s first two Canadian locations each feature two food concepts: eBar and Bazille. Coffee concept eBar features coffee, fruit smoothies, pastries, sandwiches and salads, while full-service restaurant Bazille features bistro cuisine, fresh salads, desserts, and a full bar. Calgary’s 140,000 square foot Nordstrom opened at Chinook Centre in September of 2014, and Ottawa’s 157,000 square foot Nordstrom opened at Rideau Centre in March of this year. 

According to Nordstrom’s Canadian website, the new Vancouver flagship will feature three restaurant concepts, two of them new to Canada. Bistro Verde and Habitant will open in the new store, along with the ubiquitous eBar. Bistro Verde is a full-service restaurant and bar which features “seasonal starters, salads, entrees and desserts made with fresh local ingredients, plus specialty cocktails, wine and beer”, according to Nordstrom. Habitant is a ‘casual lounge’ where “you can enjoy a snack, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail” and “features salads, sandwiches and sides perfect as a light meal or shareable appetizer”. 

Links to all restaurants mentioned above include full menus, priced in U.S. Dollars. 

Although not opening until the fall of 2016, Nordstrom’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre location will also feature three food concepts. According to City of Toronto Applications, Bazille and Habitant will join eBar in the new Yorkdale space. Curiously, a separate building application indicates Nordstrom’s Yorkdale size to be 18,820 square metres or 202,500 square feet — although officially it will measure 188,000 square feet.  

Nordstrom’s 213,000 square foot Toronto Eaton Centre flagship also opens in the fall of 2016 and in early 2017, Nordstrom’s 138,000 square foot Sherway Gardens location opens to the public. The Vancouver and Toronto Eaton Centre locations will be two among the chain’s six global flagship stores.

Thank you Ritchie Po for being the source of this tip.

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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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  1. Never a bad meal at any Nordstrom restaurant.

    Staff from Calgary trained in Tampa’s International Plaza which was the first Bazille!

    The Bread pudding is amazing!


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