Zara Opens 2nd Largest Canadian Location [Photos]

Spanish fast-fashion retailer Zara has re-opened its CF Toronto Eaton Centre store, which is now larger than all but one Canadian Zara location. It is also now one of Zara’s largest North American stores. We spoke with CF Toronto Eaton Centre General Manager Sheila Jennings for details. 

The Toronto Zara store recently expanded from 13,308 square feet to 27,695 by annexing a second level, formerly occupied by a bar/restaurant. The new store features a Zara Kids department upstairs (the only one in downtown Toronto), as well as an expanded assortment of fashions for men and women. Ms. Jennings described the expanded store as being ‘beautifully designed’, featuring a wider assortment of product than most Zara locations. 

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Zara CF Toronto Eaton Centre is accessed from the mall’s third level, close to the mall entrance of Nordstrom, which is scheduled to open on September 16, 2016. Saks Fifth Avenue is scheduled to open in February of 2016 with pedway access from the same mall level. Ms. Jennings discussed how landlord Cadillac Fairview is adding best-in-class retailers to the centre, including a recently opened 71,000 square foot expansion housing 23 retailers. In the fall of 2016, around the time Nordstrom opens, Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo will open a 28,000 square foot store nearby and as well, another retailer is finalizing a lease for adjacent two-level space with high-profile Yonge Street frontage. 

ZARA’S MONTREAL FLAGSHIP REMAINS CANADA’S LARGEST. PHOTO: IVANHOÉ CAMBRIDGE

Zara’s Montreal flagship continues to remain Canada’s largest, with 13,281 square feet at street level and 17,523 square feet downstairs, giving the store a total of 30,800 square feet of total space. The store is located at Place Montreal Trust, with retail frontage on busy Saint Catherine Street West. 

Zara’s largest North American location is at 700 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, measuring an impressive 33,840 square feet over three floors. 

Below are photos of of the new store, some via CF Toronto Eaton Centre’s Facebook page

via CF Toronto Eaton Centre’s Facebook page.
via CF Toronto Eaton Centre’s Facebook page.

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Now located in Toronto, Craig is a retail analyst and consultant at the Retail Council of Canada. He's also the Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for the past 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees. He is also President & CEO of Vancouver-based Retail Insider Media Ltd.

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