Exciting Changes Continue For “Mink Mile” On Bloor Street
Bloor Street’s Mink Mile, located between Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west, is home to some of Canada’s most glamorous retailers. With flagship locations for Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen, it’s the only street in Toronto that features this many high-end stores. With all the renovations taking place over the past few years, it’s obvious there will be major changes along this area of Bloor Street.
One Bloor now houses the Canadian flagship for Nordstrom Rack, located at the corner of Bloor Street East in a 36,600 square foot two-level retail space. In the next few months, a Mark McEwan grocery store will open.
According to Retail-Insider, developer Sam Mizrahi’s ‘The One’ is now under construction at 1 Bloor Street West and when it’s done, the complex will include a multi-level retail podium as well as a boutique hotel and a luxury residential tower. Apple is said to have leased the corner anchor space with plans to open a flagship.
As noted by Retail-Insider, Mayfair Mews is the major construction of an expanded Aritzia flagship, which will span about 11,440 square feet when it opens next year. Even Holt Renfrew will be seeing significant changes over the next few years, with major renovations happening with several new boutiques and updated interiors. It was recently announced the standalone men’s Holt Renfrew will be moving back to 50 Bloor. The standalone Saint Laurent store opened just this past year, connected to the Holt Renfrew, though it stands as its own boutique and carries the entire collection for both men and women.
In addition, the long-term construction at The Manulife Centre has continued. It will soon house Canada’s first ever Eataly, spanning over three floors. Over The Rainbow, the high-end clothing store will also be opening, as well as an updated Birks jewellery store which will feature street-front facades for Breitling, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier.
Across Bay Street, on the north side of the street, the award-winning store, David’s Footwear will be taking over the former Capezio space. The retail building next door, home to Roots and Banana Republic, might be demolished and replaced with a 66-storey tower above a 50,000 square foot retail podium. It’s uncertain if this project will happen any time soon.
Harry Rosen will continue ongoing renovations to include the addition of a few luxury store boutiques on top of four levels of retail. Luxury boutiques like Moncler, Zegna, and Loro Piana were just added last winter.
As well, beauty retailer L’Occitane en Provence recently renovated its store. Next door, at 110 Bloor Street West, is the top-performing Winners/HomeSense location in the chain. Further down at 130 Bloor Street West, the Gucci flagship store will both expand and renovate next year.
Hermes opened its Canadian flagship store on Bloor Street’s southside in 2017. The Ermenegildo Zegna flagship store, Harry Rosen operated, will open next to it. In addition, Barry’s Bootcamp will open its second location nearby in the near future.
Across the street at 131 Bloor Street West is ‘The Colonnade,” probably one of the most prestigious retail address in Canada, which is where Christian Dior leased a two-level space right there. This will become its largest store in North America when it opens in a few months time.
The Colonnade also houses Coach, Mulberry and Prada. Prada recently completed an expansion and renovation to its store which now spans 13,630 square feet over two floors. William Ashley recently unveiled a beautiful new store at The Colonnade, as well as the Moncler last fall.
Max Mara, Stuart Weitzman and a recently renovated Montblanc boutique are located at 151 Bloor Street West. That takes us to the corner of Bloor Street West and Avenue Road where there is an 18,000 square foot Louis Vuitton Maison.
On the corner of Bloor Street West and Avenue Road, high-end retailer Club Monaco is currently undergoing exterior renovations.