Large-format Italian food marketplace Eataly will open its third Toronto location next year at the CF Shops at Don Mills, following the opening of a second storefront in the city on November 2 at CF Sherway Gardens. With three locations, Toronto will boast more Eataly locations than any city in in North America.
The CF Shops at Don Mills Eataly will open in the first half of 2024, according to the company, and few details have been released at this time. A building application with the City of Toronto shows that Eataly will occupy at least two retail spaces, combining a 5,892 square foot corner space and a 3,898 square foot space as per the building application/plan below. The combined space spans almost 9,800 square feet.
The CF Shops at Don Mills open-air lifestyle centre is owned and operated by Cadillac Fairview, and serves an affluent population in North York that includes wealthy areas such as The Bridle Path.
The North York location follows the opening of Eataly at CF Sherway Gardens on November 2, which is the second Eataly location for the Toronto market. The CF Sherway Gardens Eataly spans about 25,000 square feet and is located next to a large retail space that is currently occupied by a Saks Fifth Avenue store.
Eataly’s first Canadian location opened in downtown Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville area at the Manulife Centre in November of 2019, just before the pandemic. The 55,000 square foot expansive space spans three levels and includes several restaurants as well as various food offerings, including groceries.
More Eataly locations could open in Canada, though nothing has been confirmed. There are rumours in the industry that Eataly has been in negotiations to open a location in a prominent retail space in downtown Vancouver. Eataly has also said that it has its sights set on Montreal if the right space can be found.
Wittington Investments is a partner in Eataly Canada, owning a share of the business. Wittington is owned by the Weston family, and has assets across classes ranging from real estate to retail. That includes the luxury retail chain Holt Renfrew in Canada.
According to Eataly’s North American CEO, Tommaso Brusò, Toronto has been a strong market for Eataly. The downtown location is the only one in North America offering three styles of regional pizza, and is the first in North America to host an after-hours Eataly tasting experience. It’s also the first city where Eataly has collaborated with local partners, from chocolatiers to honey producers, to create only-in-toronto house-made limited-time products.
Eataly has almost 50 locations globally. Only Tokyo will have more locations than Toronto in 2024, with the Japanese city having four Eataly locations including one within a department store. Dubai also has three Eataly locations.
In the United States, Eataly operates two storefronts in New York City, as well as individual locations in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, and San Jose, California.
We’ll follow up on this story when more details on the CF Shops at Don Mills Eataly location are revealed.