Toronto One Bloor East | 257.24m | 76s | Great Gulf | Hariri Pontarini

April 30, 2018:
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Did not go yesterday but stopped by today - it’s very busy... but no lineups to get in. Some photos:

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Ah Nordstrom Rack as the main retailer is a disappointment. Just a notch above the Aura and Marshalls... Not even that maybe. It solidifies the notion that Yonge street is psychological boundary.
 
Ah Nordstrom Rack as the main retailer is a disappointment. Just a notch above the Aura and Marshalls... Not even that maybe. It solidifies the notion that Yonge street is psychological boundary.
The disappointment may be gone when a certain store selling fruity electronics opens nearby.
 
Ah Nordstrom Rack as the main retailer is a disappointment. Just a notch above the Aura and Marshalls... Not even that maybe. It solidifies the notion that Yonge street is psychological boundary.

Thing is, you’re right, but the problem is on the west side. There are plenty of middle class and low income people living in the area. Shoehorning another boutique retailer in only serves to shut out walkability and *livability*. I don’t want to be surrounded by carriage crowd retail that mostly serves as a tourist attraction; I want something I can actually use on a daily basis.
 
Ah Nordstrom Rack as the main retailer is a disappointment. Just a notch above the Aura and Marshalls... Not even that maybe. It solidifies the notion that Yonge street is psychological boundary.

McEwan will be in there too, and I would give them co-anchor billing, they won't be small, and I think will out draw 'Rack' at meal times anyway.

Putting aside 'usability' by area residents, I do think Nordstrom executed wrongly here, I think 'Rack' should have gone in at TEC and Sak's and Nordstrom should have anchored Yorkville, along Bloor, with one (likely Sak's) going into a gutted version of 'The Bay' over at HBC, and the other being in an appropriate new build.

The former Eaton's space in TEC would have been better served by a full-line anchor store; or do a complete re-think and extend the Galleria all the way north to Dundas.
 

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