Yorkdale

John Velocci

Joined October 2012

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escalators in one of the parking lots of Yorkdale Shopping Mall in Toronto, Canada
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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dedicated to escalators
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Yorkdale Shopping Centre, or simply Yorkdale, is a major retail shopping mall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located several kilometres north-west of Downtown Toronto at the interchange of Highway 401 and Allen Road, adjacent to Yorkdale station on Line 1 Yonge–University of the Toronto Subway.

Yorkdale is the fourth largest shopping mall in the country and has the highest sales per unit area of any mall in Canada.3 It surpasses Vancouver’s Pacific Centre, with current merchandise sales levels at roughly CA$1,610/square foot.3 The mall contains over 250 stores, including many luxury retailers. Many international companies have opened their first retail locations in Canada at Yorkdale, including Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla Motors.

Yorkdale is currently owned by a joint venture between the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System through its subsidiary Oxford Properties Group and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation.1

In the 1950s, the department store chain T. Eaton & Co. bought a 40 hectares (99 acres) site at Dufferin Street and the 401 for a new massive, suburban location. In 1958, rival department store chain Simpson’s purchased a 8 hectares (20 acres) site to the east and the plan to build the complex was announced that year. Design of the mall was given to the Seattle firm of John Graham Consultants, except for the Simpson’s store, designed by John Andrews of John B. Parkin Associates.2 Howard Lesser was the planning and development consultant. Using Lesser’s market research, the developers determined how much floor space to give up to each category of retailer, and chose retailers who would appeal to a broad range of shoppers.2

The mall opened on February 26, 1964, under ownership from the Trizec Corporation.4 Its gross leasable area (GLA) was over 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2), by far the biggest in Canada at the time. It was also one of the largest shopping centres in the world. When it opened, Yorkdale was the first Canadian mall to include two major department stores: Simpson’s and Eaton’s, under the same roof. It was built at a cost of $40 million.5 Before large suburban malls like Yorkdale became popular, most people in the Toronto area did their major shopping downtown. Yorkdale was at the edge of the urbanized city.2 The new shopping centre had required the construction of the Spadina Expressway, (now called Allen Road) as the developers would not proceed until the freeway was approved for construction.2

The mall was constructed with a novel system for its retailers to receive merchandise. While other Canadian shopping centres had their receiving doors located at the back side, Yorkdale was constructed with a one-way, two-laned road for trucks running beneath the centre that leads directly to retailers’ basement storages.4 The design of the mall included a 60-foot (18 m) tall atrium, 40-foot (12 m) wide halls and 27-foot (8.2 m) tall ceilings. The corridors still retain this look and feel although renovations in 2006 replaced the ceilings, windows, floors and skylights.

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