Yorkdale Shopping Centre


Yorkdale Shopping Centre

:"This article is about the shopping centre; for the subway station named after it, see Yorkdale (TTC). "infobox shopping mall



shopping_mall_name = Yorkdale Shopping Centre
caption = The main entrance to Yorkdale
location = Toronto, Ontario, Canada
opening_date = February 26, 1964
developer = Oxford Properties
manager = Oxford Properties
owner = Oxford Properties
number_of_stores = 260
number_of_anchors = 6
floor_area = 1,404,646 ft² / 130,495.9 m²
floors = 2
website = http://www.yorkdale.com
parking = Outdoor parking as well as a multi level parking garage

Yorkdale Shopping Centre is an upscale shopping mall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It has over 240 stores. It is located in the community of Downsview in the former City of North York, a former suburb of Toronto. It is the fifth largest shopping mall in Canada. Yorkdale also enjoys the highest sales per square foot of any mall in Canada, with current merchandise sales levels at approximately $1000(CAD)/square foot. [ [http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/EN/retailInfo.aspx?regID=26&cc=57151 Oxford Leasing ] ] cite web|url=http://www.thestar.com/article/199201|title=Yorkdale attracts top U.S. retailer|publisher=Toronto Star|date=2007-04-04|accessdate=2007-04-05] The centre draws in approximately 400,000 customers a week. [ [http://www.yorkdale.com/leasing_cart3.asp Yorkdale Shopping Centre - Fashion, Services and More ] ]

History

The mall opened on February 26, 1964 under ownership from the Trizec Corporation. ["Many happy returns", "The Globe and Mail", February 21 2004] It was the first mall to include two major Canadian department stores, Simpson's and Eaton's, under the same roof. At the time of its opening it was the largest shopping centre in the world. However, the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi took this title as the largest mall in the world just two years after Yorkdale opened. ["Many happy returns", "The Globe and Mail", February 21 2004] Yorkdale generated a tremendous amount of excitement when it first opened. Before large suburban malls like Yorkdale became popular, most people in the Toronto area did their major shopping downtown. Yorkdale was at the edge of the urbanized city, with only farmland around it. It was strategically located next to the interchange of Highway 401 and the proposed Spadina Expressway as well as the nearby Dufferin Street, and all three major routes now have ramps dedicated to serving the mall. Yorkdale Road forms the perimeter of the north and east sides of the mall. A subway station on the Spadina line that runs in the median section of Allen Road (formerly the Spadina Expressway), and an intercity bus terminal was later connected to Yorkdale by way of a footbridge.

Its gross leasable area (GLA) was over convert|1000000|sqft|m2, by far the biggest in Canada. Parking is still free, and now includes a total of 7,200 spaces. The shopping centre has a convert|60|ft|m|sing=on tall atrium, convert|40|ft|m|sing=on wide halls and 27-foot (8.2 m) tall ceilings which was, and still is, rare. As a result, Yorkdale is much less susceptible to overcrowding and stuffiness that have plagued more contemporary shopping mall designs. The corridors still retain this look and feel although renovations in 2006 replaced the ceilings, windows and skylights.

The mall was constructed with a novel system for its retailers to receive merchandise. Most shopping centres have their receiving doors located at the back side, while Yorkdale was constructed with a one-way, two-laned road for trucks running beneath the centre that leads directly to retailers' basement storages. ["Many happy returns", "The Globe and Mail", February 21 2004]

The statue in the west parking lot was originally located at the base of the CN Tower.

Yorkdale is the site of the filming for SmashMyIpod, where two people bought an iPod with money that people had donated to them and smashed it in the mall's Apple Store. After returning again to smash an iPod nano, the smashers were eventually banned from the mall for one year.

Renovations and expansions

1999

In 1999 Yorkdale completed a major overhaul adding a Rainforest Cafe restaurant, a Famous Players Silver City movie theater (which has since been taken over by Cineplex Entertainment), and an Indigo Books and Music store on the north side of the mall, facing Highway 401.

2005-2008

In 2005, a $60 million expansion on the former site of its Eaton's department store increased the size of Yorkdale to 1,404,646 square feet / 130,495.9 m² [http://www.oxfordproperties.com/Leasing/retailInfo.asp?regID=26&cc=57151&t=S&m=RR] , and increased the number of stores from about 210 to 260. It added Old Navy, Zara, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, and Home Outfitters as sub-anchors. This gave Yorkdale the title of the third largest mall in Ontario after Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga and Toronto Eaton Centre, ahead of Scarborough Town Centre in terms of retail floor space. In April 2008, Yorkdale opened a Michael Kors and they are currently opening an Armani Exchange, Bebe, Bebe Sport, Tiffany & Co., Crate and Barrel, Boss, and a Ralph Lauren black label for woman

A unique element of this expansion was the construction of a 60 foot (18.3 m) high glass atrium running 300 feet (91.4 m) in length which hangs from an exterior support structure. It is the first of its kind in Canada and the largest in North America.

This project has continued to include a complete renovation of the rest of the mall from 2006 to 2007. This renovation matched the dated sections of the mall to the same modern and stylish details of the 2005 expansion. Key elements of this project included new public washrooms, opening of a Moxie's restaurant, and new sliding automatic doors at all entrances. [ [http://www.yorkdale.com/0602Change/intro.html Yorkdale is Changing it up! ] ] The advertising campaign, branded as "Change It Up!" for the latest renovation and redevelopment of Yorkdale received a MAXI Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) in 2007.cite web
url = http://www.icsc.org/web/Maxi07_final.pdf
title = Presenting the 2007 MAXI Award Winners
publisher = International Council of Shopping Centers
accessdate = 2007-12-23
] MAXI Awards are one of ICSC's highest awards, and various awards are presented annually to shopping centres around the world for achieving high standards in marketing strategies and campaigns.

tore renovations

When each tenant renews their lease with the mall, they are required to renovate their stores in order to continually ensure a modern and fresh look. ["Many happy returns", "The Globe and Mail", February 21 2004]

Canadian firsts

Because of Yorkdale's high productivity, central location, and image, it has been the point of entry into the Canadian market for many widely-acclaimed international retailers. Stores that have opened or plan on opening their first Canadian store at Yorkdale include:

* Apple Store, which opened on May 21, 2005.

* Bath & Body Works. An American retailer specializing in fragrant lotions, and various bath and personal care items will open their first Canadian store in September 2008. The store will be located directly across from the first Canadian Crate and Barrel store, also opening at approximately the same time.cite web
url = http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/LoImages/rfp/57151_RFP.pdf
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Ground Level Floor Plan
publisher = Oxford Properties
accessdate = 2008-05-24
]

* Crate and Barrel. The United States premium home retailer announced that it will open its first Canadian flagship store at Yorkdale in the fall of 2008. A new two-story convert|35000|sqft|m2|sing=on building, similar to other newly opened Crate and Barrel stores in the USA, will be constructed on the northern part of the property, facing Highway 401. The store will be mainly marketed to serve female customers between the ages of 30 and 60.cite web|url=http://www.thestar.com/article/199201|title=Yorkdale attracts top U.S. retailer|publisher=Toronto Star|date=2007-04-04|accessdate=2007-04-05] cite web
url = http://www.yorkdale.com/imgs_07/crateBarrel.pdf
title = Yorkdale welcomes Canada’s first Crate and Barrel
publisher = Yorkdale Shopping Centre
accessdate = 2008-01-02
]

* GEOX, opening on May 3, 2005. Geox is an internationally recognized Italian manufacturer of shoes using waterproof and breathable materials.cite web
url = http://www.prdirect.ca/en/view_release.aspx?TrafficID=2561
title = GEOX takes off in Canada by opening its first two Canadian stores
publisher = Marketwire
accessdate = 2008-02-01
]

* Mango [http://www.mango.com/] . Mango is a multi-national company that sells women's clothing and accessories.

According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, more than 30 American retailers contacted mall management, wanting to open their first Canadian stores in Yorkdale after Crate and Barrel revealed that their first store outside the United States would open here in 2008.cite web
url = http://www.icsc.org/web/Maxi07_final.pdf
title = Presenting the 2007 MAXI Award Winners
publisher = International Council of Shopping Centers
accessdate = 2007-12-23
]

Anchors and majors

Current anchors

*The Bay cite web
url = http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/EN/retailFacts.asp?buID=57151
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Building Facts
publisher = Oxford Properties
accessdate = 2008-01-26
] - Originally Simpson's, opened in 1964. (300,870 sq ft./27,951.7 m²)cite web
url = http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/LoImages/rfp/57151_RFP.pdf
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Ground Level Floor Plan
publisher = Oxford Properties
accessdate = 2008-01-27
]
*Cineplex Entertainmentcite web
url = http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/EN/retailFacts.asp?buID=57151
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Building Facts
publisher = Oxford Properties
accessdate = 2008-01-26
] - (59,612 sq ft./5,538.1 m²)cite web
url = http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/LoImages/rfp/57151_RFP.pdf
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Ground Level Floor Plan
publisher = Oxford Properties
accessdate = 2008-01-27
]
*Holt Renfrewcite web
url = http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/EN/retailFacts.asp?buID=57151
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Building Facts
publisher = Oxford Properties
accessdate = 2008-01-26
] - Currently the mall's most exclusive department store, with a strong fashion focus. (65,047 sq ft./6,043.1 m²)cite web
url = http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/LoImages/rfp/57151_RFP.pdf
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Ground Level Floor Plan
publisher = Oxford Properties
accessdate = 2008-01-27
]
*Searscite web
url = http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/EN/retailFacts.asp?buID=57151
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Building Facts
publisher = Oxford Properties
accessdate = 2008-01-26
] - Was originally constructed for The Bay. When the Hudson's Bay Company merged Simpsons and the Bay, the Simpsons' location was rebranded as the Bay and the Bay's store was sold to Sears. For a short period from 2002-2003, the Sears store was located in the former Eaton's location as the current store was expanded and renovated. (190,000 sq ft./17,651.6 m²)cite web
url = http://www.oxfordproperties.com/leasing/LoImages/rfp/57151_RFP.pdf
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Ground Level Floor Plan
publisher = Oxford Properties
accessdate = 2008-01-27
]

ub-anchors

*Home Outfitters (33,200 sq ft./3,804.4 m²)
*Indigo Books and Music (27,155 sq ft./2,522.8 m²)
*SportChek (26,701 sq ft./2,480.6 m²)
*H & M (25,890 sq ft./2,405.3 m²)
*Old Navy (23,490 sq ft./2,182.3 m²)
*Pottery Barn (22,955 sq ft./2,132.6 m²)
*Rainforest Cafe (21,221 sq ft./1,971.5 m²)
*Zara (21,220 sq ft./1,971.4 m²)
*Harry Rosen (15,026 sq ft./1,396 m²)
*Crate and Barrel (opening Fall 2008, approximately 35,000 sq ft.)

Former anchors

*Eaton's - Opened in 1964, the location was acquired by Sears Canada in 1999 after the decline and bankruptcy of the Eaton's company. The store was completely renovated in 2000, and reopened as part of Sears' upscale "eatons" experiment. Eatons, however, proved to be unprofitable, and the store was once again closed in 2002. Sears itself temporarily occupied the location from 2002-2003 while its current store was undergoing expansion. The space has since been renovated as a new mall corridor consisting of large multi-level stores like Old Navy, Zara, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, and Home Outfitters as sub-anchors, completed in 2005.

*Simpson's - Opened in 1964. In 1978 Simpson's was acquired by the Hudson's Bay Company. The Yorkdale location continued to operate under the Simpson's name as an upscale brand of the Hudson's Bay Company. The upscale brand was unsuccessful and in 1991 the Yorkdale location as well as all other Simpson's stores were converted to the traditional Hudson's Bay department stores.

* Dominion - A grocery store chain, operating under the Food Emporium banner. Holt Renfrew has occupied this space since the 1990s.

* Famous Players - A six-screen theatre was located in the area west of the bus terminal, and was demolished after the new and modern SilverCity complex opened in 1999. Yorkdale originally housed a small two-screen theatre when the mall opened, which later expanded to three screens, and once again in 1986 to six screens. The original two-screen theatre, known as 'Yorkdale Theatres', was the first dual auditorium facility of its kind in Canada when the mall first opened.cite web
url = http://www.yorkdale.com/history.asp
title = Yorkdale Shopping Centre General Info: History
publisher = Yorkdale Shopping Centre
accessdate = 2008-02-25
]

ee also

* List of shopping malls in Canada
* List of malls in Toronto

References

External links

* [http://www.yorkdale.com/ Official Yorkdale website]
* [http://www.yorkdale.com/storedir.asp Yorkdale store directory]
* [http://www.oxfordproperties.com/corp/index.htm Oxford Properties Group]


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