Department Stores then and now

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  1. DaninToronto

    DaninToronto Active Member

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    View attachment 21440 With the pending takeover of most Zellers by Target, it got me thinking about other changes in major stores (department and grocery) over the last few decades.

    I've been working on figuring out former stores in and around Toronto and what they are now, but having a hard time, so if anyone can contribute what they know or photos it would be great! Also if there are any mistakes please let me know

    So far from my memory or through what I discovered:

    TORONTO

    Eaton Centre

    Simpsons - Converted to The Bay
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    Source: http://chuckmantorontonostalgia.wordpress.com/

    Eatons converted to eatons then Sears soon to be Nordstrom
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    Yorkdale Mall

    Simpsons – Converted to The Bay
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    Source: Toronto Star
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    Source: Toronto Star Archives

    Eatons – Converted to mall space and food court
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    Source: Toronto Life
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    The Bay - converted to Sears
    Top Left Corner
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    Source: Toronto Star
    Dominion - converted to Holt Renfrew

    Fairview Mall

    Simpsons - Converted to Sears
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    Sherway Gardens

    Simpsons - Converted to the Bay
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    Eatons - Converted to Sears
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    Source: Eaton's The Trans Canada Store
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    Brettons - Converted to Sporting Life soon to be demolished for Nordstrom

    Cedarbrae Mall

    Simpsons converted to Zellers now Walmart
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    Steinberg's - converted to Miracle Food Mart then Dominion then Loblaws now No Frills
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    Scarborough Town Centre

    Miracle Food Mart - Converted to mall space

    Miracle Mart - Converted to mall space

    Eatons - Converted to Sears
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    Source: gettyimages.ca
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    Source: Scarborough Town Centre website

    Simpsons - Converted to The Bay
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    Source: Scarborough Town Centre website

    The Bay - Converted to Sears now a Wal-Mart
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    Source: Scarborough Town Centre website

    Agincourt Mall

    Woolco - Converted to Walmart
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    Loblaws - Converted to No Frills

    Jane & Finch Mall

    K-mart - Converted to Price Chopper
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    Source: Toronto Star

    Towers - converted to mall space

    Food City - converted to mall space

    Centerpoint Mall (Towne and Countrye Square)

    Miracle Mart - Converted to Canadian Tire

    Loblaws - converted to Towers then Zellers now a Target

    Sayvette - Converted to Woolco then Super Centre, later Loblaws and now No Frills
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    Woodbine Town Centre

    Zellers - Vacant

    Simpsons - Converted to Sears

    Don Mills Centre

    Eatons - partially converted to Sears Outlet Store then National Sports now demolished
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    Source: gettyimages.ca

    Zellers - demolished

    Dominion - converted to Metro
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    Dufferin Mall

    Zellers - Converted to mall space

    Horizons - Converted to Eatons now a No Frills

    Woolco - Converted to Wal-Mart
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    Source: Gettyimages.ca

    Biway - Converted to mall space

    Consumers Distributing - Converted to Winners

    No Frills - Converted to Toys R' Us

    Cloverdale Mall

    Morgans - Converted to The Bay, then Zellers now Target

    Zellers - former location now Winners and Kitchen Stuff Plus

    East York Town Centre (Thorncliffe Market Place)

    Sayvette - Converted to Woolco then Zellers now Target
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    Steinberg's - converted to Miracle Food Mart then Food Basics
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    Bayview Village

    K-mart - Demolished, replaced with Chapters and mall space

    Bridlewood Mall

    K-mart - Converted to Zellers now vacant

    Towers - Converted to Zellers now mall space (Shoppers Drug Mart & Home Hardware)

    Food City - Converted to Price Chopper

    A&P - converted to Dominion now a Metro

    Honeydale Mall

    Woolco - converted to Walmart now vacant

    Eglinton Square

    Morgans - Converted to The Bay

    Manulife Centre

    Brettons - Converted to Indigo

    Shoppers World Danforth

    Eatons - converted to Zellers now Target
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    Source: Eaton's: The Trans Canada Store
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    Zellers - converted to mall space

    Dominion - converted to Metro

    Warden Woods Mall

    Simpson's - demolished
    Dominion - converted to Hy & Zel's now demolished
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    Source: https://www.facebook.com/TorontoSta...2852058727612/822690824410399/?type=1&theater

    College Park

    Eatons - Converted to Foodcourt, Winners and Metro
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    Source: City of Toronto Archives

    Yonge-Eglinton Centre

    Eatons - Converted to Toys R' Us, Goodlife and mall uses

    Gerrard Square

    Sears - First floor converted to Home Depot, second floor converted to Winners and mall space

    Zellers - converted to Walmart

    Kipling-Queensway Mall

    Towers - converted to Zellers
    Food City - converted to Sobeys

    BRAMPTON

    Shoppers World Brampton

    K-mart – Converted to Zellers
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    Source: Toronto Star

    Simpsons – Converted to The Bay (demolished 2010) now Winners and mall space
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    IGA - Converted to Price Chopper now Ocean's Fresh Food

    A&P - Converted to Winners soon to be Medix School

    Pascal - Converted to Winners now Staples

    Bramalea City Centre

    Eatons – converted to Zellers soon to be Target
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    Source: Eaton's: The Trans Canada Store

    Miracle Mart - Converted to A&P and now a Metro

    Food City - Converted to Price Chopper now demolished

    Bramrose Square

    K-mart - Converted to Sears Outlet

    Loblaws - Converted to No Frills

    GEORGETOWN

    Georgetown Marketplace

    Woolco – converted to Wal-Mart (soon to be mall space)

    Zellers - Converting to Walmart

    Loblaws - Converted to Homes Sense/Winners
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    Other:

    Miracle Food Mart - Converted to Food Basics
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    Source: www.barabco.com

    Consumers Distributing - Converted to Sears (small store format)

    RICHMOND HILL

    Hillcrest Mall

    Sears - Converted to The Bay Men's Store

    Simpsons - Converted to The Bay Fashion Store

    K-mart - Converted to Zellers (soon to be Target)

    Loblaws - ?

    NEWMARKET

    Upper Canada Mall - Newmarket

    Eatons – converted to The Bay

    Zellers - converted to Target

    Yorktown Square

    K-mart - converted to Home Outfitters

    404 Town Centre

    Dominion - converted to Metro
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    Source: cptdb.ca

    Zellers - converted to Walmart

    other

    Loblaws - converted to Good Will

    Woolco - converted to Walmart then Bed & Bath Warehouse now vacant

    ORANGEVILLE

    Orangeville Mall

    Dominion - converted to A&P now Metro

    K-mart - converted to Zellers now vacant
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    MARKHAM

    B]Markville Mall[/B]

    Miracle Food Mart - Converted to Best Buy

    Eatons - Upper level converted to Toys R' Us and Old Navy (Old Navy moved to lower level leaving upper portion vacant); lower portion converted to Shoppers Drug Mar, La Vie En Rose (now Old Navy), Atmosphere (now a Sportscheck)

    Woolco - Converted to Walmart, now lower level is a larger Walmart, with upper level a Winners/HomeSense and Pickel Barrel

    Simpsons - Converted to Sears

    MISSISSAUGA

    Square One Shopping Centre

    Woolco - Converted to Walmart
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    Eatons - converted to Zellers now Target

    Brettons - converted to mall space

    Dominion - converted to mall space

    Erin Mills Town Centre

    Eatons - converted to Zellers soon to be Target

    Simpsons - converted to Sears

    Sheridan Centre

    Eatons - Converted to office space

    K-mart - Converted to Zellers now vacant

    BURLINGTON

    Mapleview Mall

    Simpsons - Converted to Sears

    Burlington Mall

    Eatons - Converted to mall space (including Old Navy and Good Life Fitness)

    Sears - Converted to The Bay (Sears moved to Mapleview Mall)

    Robinsons - Converted to Zellers
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    K-mart/A&P - Converted to Canadian Tire

    THORNHILL

    Promenade Mall

    Eatons - First floor converted to T&T Supermarket, top floor converted to Old Navy, Urban Outfitters
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    Source: gettyimages.ca

    GUELPH

    Stone Road Mall

    K-mart - Converted to Zellers

    Miracle Food Mart - Converted to Chapters
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    Source Guelph Public Library

    Consumers Distributing - Converted to mall space

    Guelph Eaton Centre

    Eaton's - Converted to Sleeman Centre
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    BARRIE

    Georgian Mall

    K-mart - converted to The Bay

    Eatons - converted to Sports Check and Home Sense

    Dominion

    KITCHENER

    Fairview Park Mall

    Simpsons - Converted to The Bay

    Woolco - Converted to Wal-Mart
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    Simpsons-Sears - Converted to Sears
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    Market Square

    Eatons
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    WATERLOO

    Conestoga Mall

    K-mart - Converted to Zellers

    Robinsons- Converted to The Bay

    Dominion - Converted to Zehrs now Winners and Sport Chek

    Waterloo Square

    K-mart -
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    PICKERING

    Pickering Town Centre

    Eatons - converted to The Bay

    K-mart - converted to Zellers soon to be Target

    Dominion - converted to mall space

    Bi-Way - converted to mall space

    SAULT STE MARIE

    K-mart Plaza Sault Ste. Marie

    K-mart - converted to Zellers now vacant
    Dominion - Converted to A&P now Metro
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    KINGSTON

    Cataraqui Town Centre

    Zellers - converted to Target
    Simpsons - converted to the Bay
    Loblaws - converted to mall space

    HAMILTON

    Eastgate Square

    Robinson's - converted to the Bay now Sears
    Eaton's - demolished, replaced with Fortinos
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    Source: Eaton's: The Trans Canada Store
    Woolco - converted to Walmart now Winners, Urban planet and Sportschek
    Forinos's (former location) - converted to HomeSense

    Lime Ridge Mall

    K-mart - converted to Home Outfitters and The Bay Home Store
    Eaton's - converted to the Bay
    Robinson's - converted to mall space

    Centre Mall

    Morgan's - converted to the Bay then Robinson's then Zellers now demolished
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    Zellers (new store) - converted to Target
    K-mart
    Simpsons-Sears
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    WELLAND

    Seaway Mall

    Woolco - converted to Walmart, then Zellers now soon to be Target
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    K-mart - converted to Zellers then mall space
    Miracle Food Mart - converted to mall space

    NIAGARA FALLS

    Niagara Square Shopping Centre

    Robinson's - converted to the Bay now Liquidation World, Michael's, Mandarin and JYSK
    K-mart - converted to Zellers now demolished

    OSHAWA

    Oshawa Centre

    Eaton's - converted to Old Navy with lower level part of Staples
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    Source: http://www3.sympatico.ca/waldon.house/Architect/oshawa.jpg
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    Zellers - demolished 2014. To be replaced by Target

    PICKERING

    Pen Centre

    Eaton's - converted to mall space
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    Source: Eaton's: The Trans Canada Store

    Zellers - converted to Target

    Miracle Mart - converted to Robinson's now Hudson's Bay

    Simpsons-Sears - converted to Sears

    K-mart Plaza

    K-mart - converted to Zellers now vacant
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    Stores

    Eaton's

    1. Eaton Centre (Toronto)
    2. Yorkdale Mall (Toronto)
    3. Scarborough Town Centre (Scarborough)
    4. Sherway Gardens (Etobicoke)
    5. Square One Shopping Centre (Mississauga)
    6. Upper Canada Mall (Newmarket)
    7. Promenade Mall (Thornhill)
    8. Dufferin Mall (Toronto)
    9. Bramalea City Centre (Brampton)
    10. Oshawa Centre (Oshawa)
    11. Georgian Mall (Barrie)
    12. Erin Mills Town Centre (Mississauga)
    13. Sheridan Centre (Mississauga)
    14. Markville Mall (Markham)
    15. Pickering Town Centre (Pickering)
    16. Shoppers World Danforth (Toronto)
    17. Eastgate Square (Hamilton)
    18. Lime Ridge Mall (Hamilton)
    19. Market Square (Kitchener)
    20. Eaton Centre (Guelph)

    Simpsons

    1. Yorkdale Mall (Toronto)
    2. Eaton Centre (Toronto)
    3. Fairview Mall (Toronto)
    4. Sherway Gardens (Etobicoke)
    5. Shoppers World (Brampton)
    6. Scarborough Town Centre (Scarborough)
    7. Cedarbrae Mall (Scarborough)
    8. Hillcrest Mall (Richmond Hill)
    9. Markville Mall (Markham)
    10. Woodbine Town Centre (Etobicoke)
    11. Fairview Park Mall (Kitchener)

    Robinsons

    1. Burlington Mall (Burlington)
    2. Conestoga Mall (Waterloo)

    Woolco

    1. Square One Shopping Centre (Mississauga)
    2. Dufferin Mall (Toronto)
    3. Agincourt Mall (Scarborough)
    4. Markville Mall (Markham)
    5. Honeydale Mall (Etobicoke)
    6. Georgetown Marketplace (Georgetown)
    7. East York Town Centre (East York)
    8. Centrepoint Mall (North York)
    9. Harwood Place (Ajax)
    10. 16635 Yonge Street (Newmarket)

    K-mart

    1. Shoppers World (Brampton)
    2. Bramrose Square (Brampton)
    3. Parkway Plaza (Scarborough)
    4. Lynden Park Mall (Brantford)
    5. Georgian Mall (Barrie)
    6. Bridlewood Mall (Scarborough)
    7. Orillia Square Mall (Orillia)
    8. Orangevile Mall (Orangeville)
    9. Hillcrest Mall (Richmond Hill)
    10. Stone Road Mall (Guelph)
    11. Sheridan Centre (Mississauga)
    12. Thunder Bay Mall (Thunder Bay)
    13. Seaway Mall (Welland)
    14. Yorktown Square (Newmarket)
    15. Pickering Town Centre (Pickering)
    16. Conestoga Mall (Waterloo)
    17. Waterloo Square (Waterloo)
    18. K-mart Plaza (Oshawa)
    19. Tecumseh Mall (Windsor)
    20. K-mart Plaza (Trenton)
    21. Centre Mall (Hamilton)
    22. Limeridge Mall (Hamilton)
    23. Jane and Finch Mall (Toronto)
    24. Meadowland Centre (Ancaster)
    25. Burlington Mall (Burlington)
    26. Quinte Mall (Belleville)
    27. South Shopping Centre (Cambridge)
    28. Thames-Lea Plaza (Chatham)
    29. Seaway Centre (Cornwall)
    30. Huron Heights Plaza (London)
    31. K-mart Plaza (Kingston)
    32. Town & Country Centre (Lindsay)
    33. K-mart Plaza (London)
    34. Mountainview Mall (Midland)
    35. Rockwood Mall (Mississauga)
    36. K-mart Plaza (Nepean)
    37. Temiskaning Square (New Liskeard)
    38. North Bay Mall (North Bay)
    39. Hopedale Plaza (Oakville)
    40. K-mart Plaza (Ottawa)
    41. K-mart Plaza St. Laurent (Ottawa)
    42. K-mart Plaza Bank Street (Ottawa)
    43. West End Mall (Pembroke)
    44. Westgate Plaza (Peterborough)
    45. Westside Place (Port Colborne)
    46. Shoppers World Albion (Etobicoke)
    47. K-mart Plaza (St. Catherines)
    48. K-mart Plaza (Sarnia)
    49. K-mart Plaza (Sault Ste. Marie)
    50. Markington Square (Scarborough)
    51. Simcoe Town Shopping Centre (Simcoe)
    52. Stratford Mall (Stratford)
    53. Elgin Mall (St. Thomas)
    54. Sudbury Super Mall (Sudbury)
    55. Southridge Shopping Mall (Sudbury)
    56. Timmins Square Shopping Centre
    57. Black Creek Plaza (Toronto)
    58. Bayview Village Shopping Centre (Toronto)
    59. Ambassador Plaza (Windsor)
    60. 1801 Dundas Street (Whitby)
     
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  2. GenerationW

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    If I remember right, the Bay at Fairview has always been the Bay, and Simpsons was converted to Sears.
     
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  3. Northern Light

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    Let's see....

    Thorncliffe Market Place (now East York Town Center):

    Sayvette --->>> to Woolco to >>>>> Zellers >>>> to Target

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayvette

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    Eglinton Square

    Morgan's to >>>> The Bay

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan's

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    Manulife Centre ( Bretton's) >>>> to Indigo

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    Shopper's World Danforth

    Eaton's -->>> to Zeller's (former Zellers to multiple stores), Zellers to >>> Target

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    College Park

    All Eaton's, to >>> multiple stores, including food court, Winners, and Metro


    *****

    There's a start
     
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  4. DaninToronto

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    Thanks Generation. I guessed on that one. Anyone know what happened to the Eatons? Never went to Fairview much as a kid

    Thanks Norhern. For the others. I'll add them in at the top soon. Hard to find photos of the stores from back then
     
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  5. prosperegal

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    The College Park Eatons store vacated when the Toronto Eaton Centre opened, I think (this was before I was born). It's now many different stores (Winners, Metro, etc...), and the upper levels is Carlu. I've been to many events that have used it as a venue.
     
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  6. Urban Shocker

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    They're not exactly department stores, but the K-Mart, which had been at Bayview Village for decades, was converted into ... something else ... in 1998, and the Knob Hill Farms at Riverdale Plaza ( forget what it was before it was converted to Knob Hill in the early '90s ) became the present No Thrills about 15 years later.
     
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  7. Newsguy

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    Yonge-Eglinton Centre
    The Eatons store here shut down after the first bankruptcy, and was later converted to Toys R Us, the Goodlife and other mall uses

    Sherway Gardens
    Brettons became Sporting Life

    Square One
    Brettons became general mall space

    Dufferin Mall
    Horizon (Eaton's discount banner) became Eatons, and then converted to No Frills

    In Burlington, the Simpsons at Mapleview and the Sears at Burlington Mall did a swap (moving staff, etc) -- Sears opened at Fairview in the Simpsons space, and The Bay opened in the old Sears space, with the ex-Simpsons staff. The Eatons at Burlington Mall was carved up into mall space (including Old Navy, etc).
     
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  8. prosperegal

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    Turned into an extension of the mall. Now Gap, LCBO, Chapters/Indigo (unless that was a parking lot), etc...

    Newsguy: There was an Eaton's at the Yonge-Eglinton Centre? I'm 32 and don't remember it.
     
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  9. Skeezix

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    At the time of its closure, it was the smallest Eaton's store in Canada.
     
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    Location:
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    The Zellers in Dufferin Mall became general mall space.

    Consumers Distributing (a Canadian retailer with significant American presence) became No Frills in Dufferin Mall and the old location of No Frills became Toys 'R' Us I believe.

    In North Park Plaza (at Keele and Lawrence), Woolco became Wal-Mart (in fact, the faded out signs indicate that it was Woolco there).
     
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  11. Newsguy

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    Yes ... it was pretty small. I lived up there as a student in '95, but the Eaton's store didn't last much beyond than that.
     
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  12. JasonParis

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    Nitpicking, but it is the Eaton Centre, not Eatons Centre.
     
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  13. officedweller

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    Vintage Canadian Malls / Department Stores:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrellinyvr/sets/72157624952216717/with/4965316063/

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    Simpsons, Sherway Gardens

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    Eaton's, Yorkdale

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    Yorkdale, Simpson's Court

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    Yorkdale, Simpson's Court

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    Simpson's, Fairview Mall

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    HBC, Fairview Mall - nice logo signage!

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    Fairview Mall phone booths

    Trivia:

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  14. pw20

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    The Eaton's at Yonge Eglinton Centre was originally a Horizons - the short-lived Eaton's discount banner - it was converted to an Eaton's when they mothballed the Horizon's brand. It was TINY.

    It's amazing how much bastardization has been done architecturally to most of those photos.
     
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  15. DaninToronto

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    Thanks for this. I'm actually interested in finding out more about even the discount department stores like Kmart and Woolco, Zellers etc.
     
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