I think a high end retailer deciding not to locate here has little to do with the building's design. It's that local inhabitants lack the income needed to sustain high end retail.
There's a bit of conflation going on there.
The St. Lawrence neighbourhood can sustain some upper-middle restos; though probably not much in the way of Michelin Star; but just west of Jarvis has been a hot restaurant row for years, and it's not unreasonable to think that may stretch some in the years ahead, Distillery District is not far to the west and it draws retailers and customers with $.
is saying, I think, is that if such an establishment were to set up nearby, it's not likely to be in the T&S space. I'm inclined to agree. Brand image matters.
You're selling something, particularly with a resto.
It would be nice if they land something that can add some vibrancy, but the design isn't well suited to that.
But there are other proposals and sites nearby that may be...........