Nordstrom on Track for 2 Fall Store Openings

Another new rendering of CF Toronto Eaton Centre, via Nordstrom

Another new rendering of CF Toronto Eaton Centre, via Nordstrom

Seattle-based Nordstrom is preparing to open its next two Canadian stores this fall, and the retailer has launched social media accounts for each location. As well, one of the two new stores has removed mall hoarding, revealing three separate store entrances and the facade to Nordstrom's popular coffee bar. 

Hoarding at the mall entrance at the 220,000 square foot CF Toronto Eaton Centre Nordstrom was recently removed, revealing two store entrances as well as a facade for Nordstrom's coffee concept, Ebar. Although hoarding is up on the exterior of the building, some parts of the store's interior construction can be seen at night through some openings -- revealing an interior that looks very similar to Nordstrom's CallisonRTKL-designed Vancouver flagship which opened last September. Vancouver's Nordstrom store features bright interiors with wood ceiling treatments in some areas, exposed ceilings in selected departments, and smooth white ceilings in most main areas. Both the CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Vancouver CF Pacific Centre flagships are located in former Eaton's retail spaces (more recently occupied by large Sears stores), resulting in soaring ceiling heights, particularly on each store's ground level. Because of the configuration of Toronto Eaton Centre along sloping Yonge Street, Nordstrom's ground floor is technically on the mall's third, and top retail level. 

May 26, 2016. Hoarding was recently removed at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, revealing two store entrances and the facade for 'Ebar', covered in black. Photo: Craig Patterson for Retail Insider.

May 26, 2016. Hoarding was recently removed at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, revealing two store entrances and the facade for 'Ebar', covered in black. Photo: Craig Patterson for Retail Insider.

Ebar facade close-up. Photo: Craig Patterson for Retail Insider.

Ebar facade close-up. Photo: Craig Patterson for Retail Insider.

Facade shot taken from the west. Photo: Craig Patterson for Retail Insider.

Facade shot taken from the west. Photo: Craig Patterson for Retail Insider.

Click above for interactive CF Toronto Eaton Centre map. 

Click above for interactive CF Toronto Eaton Centre map. 

Toronto's Nordstrom stores are expected to look similar to the beautiful Vancouver flagship, which opened in September of last year. Photo: CallisonRTKL.com

Toronto's Nordstrom stores are expected to look similar to the beautiful Vancouver flagship, which opened in September of last year. Photo: CallisonRTKL.com

The three level CF Toronto Eaton Centre Nordstrom flagship is scheduled to open on September 16 of this year, with a charity gala hosted by the retailer two days prior. Nordstrom's 196,000+ square foot Yorkdale Shopping Centre location will open on October 21, and progress continues on the three level retail space that will also see a charity gala hosted two days prior to opening.

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In anticipation of these store openings, and keeping consistent with social media accounts at other Canadian locations, Nordstrom has launched social media accounts for each of its CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale stores. The CF Toronto Eaton Centre has the Twitter handle @NordstromEaton, as well as its own Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nordstromeaton) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/nordstromeaton). The Yorkdale store also has its own social media accounts, including Twitter handle @NordstromYKD as well as Facebook (www.facebook.com/nordstromykd) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/nordstromykd). 

For those interested, Nordstrom has also begun accepting employment applications for positions at both of its new Toronto stores. For more information and to apply, visit this link. The company is hiring for about 1,600 positions in both stores, and will begin interviewing qualified candidates at the end of June. 

Nordstrom will open a third Toronto location in the fall of 2017, at CF Sherway Gardens. The store will be smaller than Nordstrom's other two Toronto stores, measuring about 138,000 square feet. The Sherway store will anchor the mall's south wing, which will see improvements to create clearer sight-lines from the mall's centre court. Nordstrom will join anchors Hudson's Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue in the mall, which recently saw the addition of a new retail wing which today, is hosting the grand opening of a new concept Indigo store. The same retail wing will see more construction later this year after Holt Renfrew closes, as part of its relocation to Mississauga's Square One Shopping Centre this summer. 

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web: May 27, 2016