Nordstrom Rack Announces 3 Canadian Fall Store Opening Dates

Retail industry news delivered directly to you. Subscribe to Retail-Insider.

Nordstrom has announced the opening dates of its next three Canadian off-price Nordstrom Rack stores, as it continues with a national expansion that could see as many as 15 locations over the next several years. Nordstrom Rack’s first three Canadian stores are now open at Vaughan Mills in suburban Toronto, at Deerfoot Meadows in Calgary, and at 1 Bloor Street East in downtown Toronto, which is considered to be the company’s Canadian flagship

The next three Nordstrom Rack stores confirmed to be opening in Canada are in Ontario and Alberta. 

On September 6, 2018, Nordstrom Rack will open at Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. The store will span about 35,000 square feet in a massive big-box centre that includes anchors such as Walmart, Costco, Canadian Tire, Home Depot and grocery store Seafood City, which also houses a new location for Filipino restaurant chain Jollibee. Heartland Town Centre will become the third Nordstrom Rack location in the Greater Toronto Area, which means half of the six confirmed Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada will be located in the area. 

On October 11, 2018, Nordstrom Rack will open at The Ottawa Train Yards in Ottawa. The 750,000 square foot power centre spans 110 acres of property which, when viewed on a map, is shown to be remarkably close to Ottawa’s urban core. Other anchors include Walmart, Golf Town, SAIL, DSW Shoes and a unit for the wildly popular Ottawa-based grocery chain Farm Boy. Nordstrom Rack will occupy about 35,000 square feet over one level at Ottawa Train Yards. 


On October 25, 2018, Nordstrom Rack will open its Edmonton location at South Edmonton Common in Edmonton, which will become the second Nordstrom Rack location in Alberta. South Edmonton Common, which is considered to be Canada’s largest retail power centre, boasts an impressive roster of anchors such as Ikea, Canada’s largest Canadian Tire, and Canada’s first location for ‘The Rec Room’. We recently profiled the centre in Retail Insider and developer Cameron Developments is celebrating 20 years of operations this month as well. Nordstrom Rack’s Edmonton store, as well as the other two discussed above, will span approximately 35,000 square feet over one level. 

Canada’s Nordstrom Rack stores feature fashions, accessories and shoes with savings of up to 70% off regular prices. Merchandise includes a mix of product from full-line Nordstrom stores, as well as some items specifically purchased from top brands sold at Nordstrom. 

Nordstrom has said that it plans to operate between 10 and 15 Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada, addressing a market that was arguably under-served. At the same time, TJX Canada’s off-price concepts Winners and Marshalls continue to open stores at a rapid pace Canada-wide, not to mention its off-price home concept, HomeSense. The Hudson’s Bay Company’s off-price Saks OFF 5TH concept is also expanding, with plans to operate approximately 25 stores across Canada by the end of this year. 

Brokerage Northwest Atlantic represents Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack for its Canadian site selections, and big news this week as it’s been announced that Chicago-based Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) has acquired Toronto-based Northwest Atlantic. 


Nordstrom also operates six full-line stores in Canada and there are currently no plans for more, according to the retailer. Nordstrom opened its first Canadian store at Calgary’s CF Chinook Centre in September of 2014, followed by locations at Ottawa’s CF Rideau Centre in March of 2015, at CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver in September of 2015, and two Toronto stores in the fall of 2016 — at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, and at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Nordstrom opened its sixth Canadian store at Toronto’s CF Sherway Gardens, in September of 2017.

Nordstrom’s ‘Anniversary Sale’ continues from now until August 6 at its full-line stores. It’s Nordstrom’s ‘biggest and best’ sale of the year and this year’s event had a unique marketing twist. Four fashion-savvy comedians were brought in to help promote the sale across various media channels including actress Liza Koshy (Double Dare host and star of Liza on Demand); Daniel Levy, writer, producer and Schitt’s Creek actor; Phoebe Robinson, comedian and NY Times bestselling author; and New Girl actress Hannah Simone. The campaign was shot by Mary Ellen Matthews (best known for her portraits of celebrity guests and the cast of Saturday Night Live) and the comedians also filmed short videos promoting the retailer’s “Show Us How You #NSALE” sweepstakes, where customers can submit an Anniversary Sale photo or video via social media or online to express their enthusiasm for the sale and win a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card. The Anniversary Sale originated in the 1960s and is the company’s biggest event of the year. This event offers brand-new arrivals at sale prices for a limited time – then prices go back up after two weeks.

Article Author

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.

More From The Author

Generative AI’s Impact on Ecommerce: Transformative Insights

In the ever-evolving landscape of ecommerce, the intersection of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and online retailing represents a key advancement that warrants scrutiny. Generative...

Inside the New KITH Store on Yorkville Avenue in Toronto [Photos]

The stunning storefront took months to build, features Kith Treats and a restaurant concept from New York City, and could be a game changer for the Bloor-Yorkville area. 


  1. I could be wrong but I feel like there are way to many luxury department stores and outlets in major Canadian cities. Especially when I think of Calgary, you have 1 Nordstrom, 1 Saks Fifth Avenue, 1 Holt Renfrew, 2 Saks off fifth, and 1 Nordstrom rack for a metro population of 1.5 mil roughly. And there’s more to come probably in the near future. It sort of makes me very uneasy, I hope they don’t see the same fate as Target did in Canada with such ambitious rapid expansion. Thats why I think stand alone luxury retailers are a lot better. Theres more brand awareness and choice. I’d be curious to know how Saks and Nordstrom are performing outside of heavy foreign/tourist areas like downtown Vancouver and downtown Toronto


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest Stories

No posts to display

Follow us


all-time Popular