Inside Nordstrom’s CF Sherway Gardens Store [Photos]

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Seattle-based Nordstrom opens its CF Sherway Gardens location to the public today, and we toured and photographed the new 140,000 square foot space ahead of its grand opening. The new store reflects the architectural style of Nordstrom’s other Canadian stores, featuring ample natural light, modern interiors, and fashions for women, men, children, and for the home. 

It’s also the final planned full-line location for Nordstrom in Canada for the time being — Nordstrom's CF Sherway Gardens store is the retailer’s sixth in Canada, and third for Toronto. Nordstrom opened its first Canadian store in September of 2014 at Calgary’s CF Chinook Centre, followed by the March 2015 opening of a store at Ottawa’s CF Rideau Centre, and then a flagship in Vancouver at CF Pacific Centre. In the fall of 2016, Nordstrom opened two Toronto stores — one at CF Toronto Eaton Centre in September, followed by Yorkdale Shopping Centre in October

CF Sherway is the second Nordstrom store in Canada to be built from the ground up — all other stores, except for the Yorkdale store, were carved out of former Sears Canada locations. CF Sherway’s Nordstrom anchors a new south wing in the mall, which we toured and profiled last month. Building Nordstrom involved demolishing a 48,000 square foot retail building that housed Sporting Life, which relocated in the mall. 

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(At the opening gala on Wednesday, September 14) 

(At the opening gala on Wednesday, September 14) 

(Models at the opening gala. Photo: Ritchie Po) 

(Models at the opening gala. Photo: Ritchie Po) 

The CF Sherway Nordstrom is also smaller than its other two Toronto locations — the CF Toronto Eaton Centre store is about 220,000 square feet and the Yorkdale store is almost 200,000 square feet. 

The two-level CF Sherway store features a ground floor with departments for shoes, beauty, accessories and menswear, and a second floor with fashions for women, children and for the home. There's also a Bazille restaurant upstairs, with coffee concept Ebar anchoring the mall entrance on the ground floor. 

Many of Nordstrom’s typical departments are included in the new CF Sherway Gardens store. Women’s fashions range from the conservative to the emerging brands found in its ‘Via C’ department — and there are thousands of pairs of shoes, which Nordstrom is particularly known for. Men’s fashions range from the casual to dressy, and there’s a children’s department that includes a playhouse and pinball machine. 

(women's Emerging fashion Designer department 'via c') 

(women's Emerging fashion Designer department 'via c') 

(vintage punching bag in the men's department) 

(vintage punching bag in the men's department) 

(Pinball machine in the kids shoes department) 

(Pinball machine in the kids shoes department) 

('Bazille' Restaurant on the store's 2nd floor. Windows flood the space with natural light) 

('Bazille' Restaurant on the store's 2nd floor. Windows flood the space with natural light) 

The store also features a ‘Nordstrom at Home’ department — the second in Canada. Nordstrom’s CF Toronto Eaton Centre will be the second to feature such a department when it’s unveiled next month.

CF Sherway Garden’s Nordstrom is also the first in the entire company to feature a KBeauty section, which includes a number of popular Korean brands. 

The store stocks a considerable number of contemporary brands, as well as a few luxury brands, such as Canali suits for men. Overall, the store is less luxury brand-heavy when compared to Nordstrom's CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale units. The company's Vancouver flagship features the most extensive luxury offerings of any Nordstrom store in the country, helping make it the top performer in the entire Nordstrom chain. 

(A first -- korean beauty, which will be rolled-out into other nordstrom stores in Canada and the US) 

(A first -- korean beauty, which will be rolled-out into other nordstrom stores in Canada and the US) 

(CF Sherway is the first Nordstrom store in Canada to feature the 'nordstrom at home' department. CF Toronto Eaton Centre will get a department next month) 

(CF Sherway is the first Nordstrom store in Canada to feature the 'nordstrom at home' department. CF Toronto Eaton Centre will get a department next month) 

(Kitchen and home goods in the new 'nordstrom at home department') 

(Kitchen and home goods in the new 'nordstrom at home department') 

CF Sherway's Nordstrom features a number of amenities, including: Personal Stylists, Beauty Concierge, Service Bar, Free Wi-Fi, Certified Shoe Fitters, Alterations & Tailoring, Family Restroom, Nordstrom To You (home/office delivery), Beauty Stylists, Cell Phone Charging, Certified Bra & Prosthesis Fitters, Complimentary Gift Boxes and a Mother’s Lounge. The store also accepts the China UnionPay card -- a necessity in multicultural Toronto. 

Single-surface flooring spans much of Nordstrom’s CF Sherway store, allowing departments to change their size and configuration by adding new carpeting and moving displays and shelving. The purpose-built store features ample natural light from exterior facing windows, as well as attractive interior lighting that highlights the store’s warm wood ceilings in various departments. The store also houses one of Nordstrom’s trademark escalator atriums that acts as a centrepiece to both of the store’s two retail levels. 

Nordstrom is the third major anchor to be added to CF Sherway Gardens, joining a large Saks Fifth Avenue location as well as a fully renovated Hudson's Bay department store. CF Sherway Gardens is considered to be one of Canada's top malls in terms of productivity -- last year's Retail Council of Canada Shopping Centre Study ranked it as the country's 11th most productive centre with sales just shy of $1,000 per square foot annually. Retail Council of Canada will be releasing its 2017 Canadian Shopping Centre study this fall, and there are opportunities to advertise/sponsor it -- for more information, contact Craig Patterson at: cpatterson@retailcouncil.org

(Sunlit atrium at the new CF Sherway Gardens Nordstrom store) 

(Sunlit atrium at the new CF Sherway Gardens Nordstrom store) 

(Women's handbags, including kate spade, Ted Baker and others) 

(Women's handbags, including kate spade, Ted Baker and others) 

(Beauty sample sizes in the centre of the beauty hall on 1) 

(Beauty sample sizes in the centre of the beauty hall on 1) 

(Women's shoes) 

(Women's shoes) 

And while CF Sherway's Nordstrom marks the end of the company's full-line store expansion in Canada for now, off-price concept Nordstrom Rack will debut its first Canadian stores in the spring of 2018. First up will be a unit at Toronto's Vaughan Mills that will open in March, followed by stores at Deerfoot Meadows in Calgary, and at One Bloor Street East in Toronto. In the fall of 2018, Nordstrom has confirmed that it will open three stores, including at Ottawa Train Yards, South Edmonton Common, and at Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga. Nordstrom plans to eventually operate between 10 and 15 Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada, competing with the likes of Winners, Marshalls, and Saks OFF 5TH

See below for more photos of Nordstrom's CF Sherway Gardens store.  

(Men's outearwear) 

(Men's outearwear) 

(Artwork in the kids department. There are over 100 pieces of art in the new store) 

(Artwork in the kids department. There are over 100 pieces of art in the new store) 

(Kids Shoes department) 

(Kids Shoes department) 

('local' fashions are found in various departments in the new store) 

('local' fashions are found in various departments in the new store) 

(Large dressing rooms can be divided for friends to try things on, in the women's department) 

(Large dressing rooms can be divided for friends to try things on, in the women's department) 

(Women's contemporary fashions) 

(Women's contemporary fashions) 

(Comfortable seating area near women's fashion departments) 

(Comfortable seating area near women's fashion departments) 

('Apartment' living room for visitors to relax, in womenswear) 

('Apartment' living room for visitors to relax, in womenswear) 

(Kate spade is one of several contemporary designers carried in the new store) 

(Kate spade is one of several contemporary designers carried in the new store) 

(Handbags/accessories) 

(Handbags/accessories) 

(Women's footwear, bathed in plenty of natural light) 

(Women's footwear, bathed in plenty of natural light) 

(Jewellery) 

(Jewellery) 

(Cosmetics hall) 

(Cosmetics hall) 

(Armani cosmetics pops in red) 

(Armani cosmetics pops in red) 

(Men's grooming) 

(Men's grooming) 

(Men's footwear department) 

(Men's footwear department) 

(Men's accessories department) 

(Men's accessories department) 

(Men's lounge/dressing area) 

(Men's lounge/dressing area) 

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