Inside Yorkdale’s Impressive Expansion Wing [Photos]

Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s new $331 million, 300,000 square foot Nordstrom-anchored expansion wing opens to the public this week. The impressive space features soaring ceilings and a number of first-to-market retailers. We toured the space ahead of its public opening. 

The wing features more than 20 new stores within about 100,000 square feet, including the world’s first Canada Goose location, other leading retailers and a five-level underground parkade. Later this week, MUJI, UNIQLO and a 199,000 square foot Nordstrom will open to the public. Other retailers opening this week in the new wing include Mackage, Arc’teryx, Maison Birks, Nadège, The Face Shop, Lululemon, Mendocino, NYX Cosmetics, Oak + Fort, Pandora, Reiss, Saje Natural Wellness, Samsung, Spareparts, Strellson, Williams Sonoma and Wolford. Later this year, Sandro and Warby Parker will open in the wing, as will several other retail tenants that Yorkdale will reveal when permitted. 

New atrium space near the TTC subway entrance (also in 2 photos below) 

New atrium space near the TTC subway entrance (also in 2 photos below) 

Yorkdale’s MUJI (opening Tuesday, October 18) is Canada’s largest, with products and amenities unavailable at its other two Canadian stores. Sandro and Maje are both opening their first freestanding Canadian stores in the new wing as well. Uniqlo opens on Thursday, October 20, and might experience lineups similar to those at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre opening last month

“This is the largest retail expansion in the Greater Toronto Area this year,” said Claire Santamaria, General Manager, Yorkdale Shopping Centre. “Canadian demand for world-class shopping is strong and Yorkdale is a leading centre of style. This new wing expands our assortment of brands in a way that will resonate with diverse consumers and attract shoppers from all over the world.”

Toronto-based Nadège boasts a prominent corner space. 

Toronto-based Nadège boasts a prominent corner space. 

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Toronto's second Mackage, and Canada's first Maje store. 

Toronto's second Mackage, and Canada's first Maje store. 

Inside the new Maje store. Photo supplied by the company. 

Inside the new Maje store. Photo supplied by the company. 

The expansion wing also features a new concierge desk as well as a separate ‘Style Concierge’, with stylists available to assist shoppers one-on-one.

We had a peek inside Nordstrom over the weekend and will report more tomorrow. The new store is impressive, featuring a considerable amount of natural light through windows as well as a number of glamorous luxury boutiques for both apparel and accessories. 

First Canada Goose store in the world. 

First Canada Goose store in the world. 

Inside Canada Goose (above and below) 

Inside Canada Goose (above and below) 

Yorkdale’s new five-level underground parking garage below the new Nordstrom wing adds about 2,000 spaces to the mall, which now has about 8,000 stalls on-site. The mall is accessible both by highway as well as TTC subway.  

Also launching in the new wing this week is a 3,000 square foot pop-up space called FashionCAN — a partnership between Yorkdale and the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA), with leading and emerging brands such as Pink Tartan, Greta Constantine, Lucian Matis, Bustle and others.

Inside the FashionCAN pop-up. 

Inside the FashionCAN pop-up. 

Yorkdale kicked off the mall’s fashion offerings yesterday (Sunday, October 16) with a fashion show previewing several of the new wing’s retailers. Some of the photos in this article were taken during that time and, hence, some runway presentation fixtures can be seen in some of our shots. We’ll update this article with more photos as new store facades and interiors are completed by individual retailers. 

See below for more photos. 

Williams Sonoma has relocated into an impressive two-level space. 

Williams Sonoma has relocated into an impressive two-level space. 

Arc’teryx

Arc’teryx

New Wolford store, and an expanded Sephora flagship.

New Wolford store, and an expanded Sephora flagship.

The Face Shop and Saje Natural Wellness, both under construction on Friday, October 14. 

The Face Shop and Saje Natural Wellness, both under construction on Friday, October 14. 

Uniqlo and Muji. Photo taken on Friday, October 14. 

Uniqlo and Muji. Photo taken on Friday, October 14. 

New 'Nordstrom Court' featuring Maison Birks to the left, and Canada Goose to the right. 

New 'Nordstrom Court' featuring Maison Birks to the left, and Canada Goose to the right. 

Pandora is across from the new Wolford store. 

Pandora is across from the new Wolford store. 

Lululemon's impressive new space is almost finished. Interestingly, the store's facade features some recycled elements from the previous location. 

Lululemon's impressive new space is almost finished. Interestingly, the store's facade features some recycled elements from the previous location.