Stretching two full city blocks, the Toronto Eaton Centre is a historical landmark, and today one of Canada’s best-known retail shopping destinations, attracting approximately 50 million visitors annually. The six-storey glass-ceiling structure originated from one man’s dream to revolutionize the Canadian retail industry.
The Toronto Eaton Centre is also home to more than 285 retailers. Although the Eaton’s chain filed for bankruptcy in 1999 and all assets were acquired by Sears Canada Inc, the Centre has retained its name. Toronto Eaton Centre enjoys the reputation as one of Toronto’s most popular tourist attractions, with about 25% of its visitors being tourists.
Toronto Eaton Centre opened in two stages. On February 10, 1977 the northern section was built and on August 8, 1979, the southern section was completed.
Two more phases would be added and opened in June 1990 and Summer/Fall 1999
Modeled after Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuelesee, The Centre’s architect, Ed Zeidler, created the retail portion of the complex to feature a four-level shopping centre with a glass-domed galleria running the length of the centre. Suspended from the galleria, one finds a mobile of a flock of Canadian geese, Flight Stop, designed by artist Michael Snow.
In recent years, urban developers have redesigned the Centre's Yonge Street façade (1999) and heavy redevelopment, commonly referred to as the “Dundas Expansion,” occurred throughout 2004, attracting new anchors, such as H&M’s Toronto flagship store. Exciting new redevelopments are taking place at Bay Street and Dundas Street. Toronto Eaton Centre is expanding to house new retailers, additional parking spaces, and extra class spaces for Ryerson University
It's 3 gleaming, award winning office towers are spectacular business locations, offering state-of-the-art building systems, superb atmosphere and unsurpassed amenities.
Toronto Eaton Centre remains the focal point of downtown Toronto. It is a city landmark unlike any other, where people from all walks of life can gather under one roof with no prejudices. Rudolph Adlaf, Cadillac Fairview’s Senior Vice President of Architecture and Design, once said “Toronto Eaton Centre is classic in its simplicity.” And a classic it will remain.