Yorkdale's new retail expansion is open to the public

More first-to-market retailers than any other Canadian shopping centre today

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Yorkdale Shopping Centre is bringing shoppers an unprecedented shopping experience with today's opening of its 145,000 square foot expansion. Yorkdale's collection of popular and first-to-market retailers delivers the widest range of new and interesting fashion, technology and luxury brands anywhere in Canada.

"Our goal is to provide shoppers with the most desirable retail options possible," said Yorkdale General Manager Anthony Casalanguida. "We've accomplished that in less than two years and with an impressive roster of new and interesting brands. Yorkdale is already one of Canada's most successful shopping centers. Today's opening is just reinforcing our position as the country's leading shopping destination."

kate spade new york, LOFT, Microsoft, Ted Baker London and Tesla Motors have opened the doors to the companies' first Canadian stores at Yorkdale today. Other noteworthy retailers within the expansion include Ann Taylor's second Canadian store, Anthropologie, Best Buy Mobile, David's Tea, Diesel, JOEY Yorkdale Grill & Lounge, the North Face, L'Occitane, Papyrus, an exclusive Rolex boutique at Raffi Jewellers, Ta-ze, and Wilfred Boutique. Apple, Bell, Bluenotes, Champs, Club Monaco, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Lululemon, Mappins, Starbucks and TELUS now have refurbished and larger locations within the expansion and Holt Renfrew will be opening a flagship store within the expansion in 2013.

To celebrate the launch of Yorkdale's most significant expansion in the shopping centre's nearly fifty year history, various retailers will be providing special offers and experiences through opening weekend. For the latest updates, the public are encouraged to follow @YorkdaleStyle on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Yorkdale now has more customer parking space than any other GTA shopping centre with a total of 7,400 spaces. The expansion has created a new valet area and 800 underground parking spaces, in addition to TTC access.

As a part of the expansion, Yorkdale will feature the same sustainable technologies that are implemented in the existing shopping centre including a green roof, which will make Yorkdale eligible for silver certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Yorkdale's 2012 Expansions
Yorkdale's retail expansion is the second of two major developments in 2012, which together created an additional 190,000 total square feet in the shopping centre at a total cost of $220 million. Yorkdale's new food collection, Dine on 3, launched in June 2012 and accounts for 45,000 square feet of the overall expansion and features  restaurants and a new dining area with skylights, fireplaces and an outdoor terrace.

With more than 250 shops and services Yorkdale Shopping Centre is Canada's premier shopping destination. Yorkdale recently underwent a $220 million expansion - the largest and most significant expansion in its history -  growing to a total of 1.6 million square feet of retail space that features some of the world's best fashion, technology and luxury brands. Offering 7,400 parking spaces, valet parking and seating reservations at the Dine on 3 food collection, everything about Yorkdale is designed to enhance shoppers' experiences. Yorkdale is managed by Oxford Properties and owned by Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), on behalf of its clients, and Oxford Properties Group. Yorkdale is located at 3401 Dufferin Street, off Allen Road, near the 401. For more information, download the Yorkdale app, visit www.yorkdale.com, or follow @yorkdale style on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Image with caption: "Yorkdale Shopping Centre opens the largest collection of first-to-Canada retailers on November 16, 2012. (Photo Credit: Jag Photography 2012.) (CNW Group/Yorkdale Shopping Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121116_C8623_PHOTO_EN_20801.jpg

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