There was never any proposal to alter the retail floor levels,... it's always been the same split level basement - first floor thingy from the 70's that created the moat,.... Notice the useless basement moat area just became useless storage area,...RioCan has published their interior layout if anyone is interested. It's interesting that they put the stairs going up/down inside the mall rather than outside so the existing floors remain. It also looks like none of the major restaurants have signed up, but the banks are still there.
None of the major restaurants like Boston Pizza and Mirage are gone,... not surprising since area demographics have changed. Heck, when I first moved in about 25 years ago I felt like I was the only Asian around at times,.... now, you can get almost any type of specialized Asian cuisine and snack within a 5 minute walk. Surprised that Spring Roll won't be back,..... but I noticed Basil Box (pho noodle) is new and will cater to Asians.
The TD, CIBC and BMO has been at the various corners of Yonge & Sheppard since before there was even a Sheppard Centre!
Surprised but not shocked that they basically kept the same subway passage that basically forces commuter halfway eastward into the SheppardCentre before they can get out onto Yonge Street. Not shocked because this is a retail tactic to raise foot traffic volume,... but surprised because City Planning was insisting on better pedestrian flow (especially north-south pedestrian flow) and suggested some good design ideas that would allow subway commuter quicker and easier access to Yonge Street without having to detour through the centre of the mall.