Apple Reportedly Abandons Plans for New Toronto Retail Store at Yonge and Bloor

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Apple has been long rumoured to be exploring possible locations to open a flagship retail store along Bloor Street in downtown Toronto.

In 2012, the company was reportedly interested in purchasing the Stollery’s store at Yonge and Bloor streets in Toronto, which would be the location of a flagship store in the heart of downtown.

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Stollery’s is an iconic store that opened in 1901 by Frank Stollery that carries numerous British and European fashion wear for men and women. In 1968 it was renovated and expanded to from 1500 square feet to its current day size of 30,000 square feet spanning four levels.

However, after nearly four years, the plans may have been abandoned by Apple. The corner property where Stollery’s was located was purchased by Mizrahi Developments, who has proposed plans to build a 80-plus floor condominium tower called The One. In order to plan the design of the tower, Mizrahi partnered with Foster and Partners, the same architect to help design the Apple Campus 2.

According to MacRumors, Mizrahi negotiated a lease agreement with Apple for a three-floor store space with entrances from street level and PATH level (Toronto’s underground transit system). However, the report notes that Apple may be pulling out due to lack of confidence and other concerns. The condominium tower is expected to be completed by 2018.

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Apple has also considered a retail store location near 100 Bloor Street West, however the location is now occupied by high-end Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. Several stores in the area, including Willans-Sonoma and Pottery Barn, are expected to close down which may create room for Apple.

Be sure to check out MacRumors post for more details of retail store plans in other cities including New York City, Las Angeles, Paris, and more.

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  • winnertakesteve

    It would have been weird. GTA already has 3 Apple stores that I know of, including one in the eaton centre, which is like 3 blocks from this proposed spot.

  • Tim

    there are 4 in Toronto, Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, Sherway Gardens and Fairview Mall.

  • Eric

    Isn’t the Eaton Centre location moving into the new wing by nordstorm? Im sure.. that store is tiny and so cramped
    (the london ontario store is bigger LOL)

  • Mr Dog

    Yeah but they need a giant flagship one. All the stores are so plain.

    Would love to see Apple have a creative store somewhere in Toronto.

  • tom

    Plus one in Mississauga at Square One and one in Markham at Markville Shopping Centre, Not Toronto, but definitely GTA.

  • interchange42

    There’s no valid reason to believe the report from the unnamed source that Apple may be pulling out. The building is going through the planning process, most likely heading for city council approval in April. That’s the earliest that we are likely to know anything at all, and with Apple’s famously secretive nature, we won’t likely know what the real deal is for quite a while after that.

    This is idle speculation that’s been raised to the level of news story without any verification.

  • interchange42

    The GTA can handle a few more Apple stores easily, (and yes, it will be good to see the Eaton Centre location move up to a much larger space at the Dundas Square end by Nordstrom).

  • BigCat

    With regards to Apple Store upgrades:

    The downtown Vancouver Apple Store has to be one of the smallest I have ever seen. Sure hope they have plans for this location.

  • WallsOfJericho316

    There are seven Apple Stores in the GTA:
    – Eaton Centre
    – Yorkdale
    – Fairview Mall
    – Sherway Gardens
    – Square One
    – Markville Mall
    – Upper Canada Mall

    Plus there is one in Burlington, not in the GTA but not far if you’re in the west end.

    They really need one further east, like Scarborough Town Centre, Pickering Town Centre, or maybe even Oshawa Centre.

  • WallsOfJericho316

    I’m not even sure they would move. Downtown Toronto can handle two stores. Eaton Centre is jammed with people half the time anyways. It would be a better experience for the customers and staff if it were less crowded.

  • interchange42

    I foresee a day when they have the new, larger Eaton Centre store open (by the fall of this year), the flagship 1 Bloor West store open (2018 if all works out), and a Union Station location too (which could also open in 2018). All three areas attract different people and I have no doubt that they would all make money for Apple and keep the customers happier.

  • WallsOfJericho316

    Union Station (or very close to it) if done right, could be an excellent location. Great for servicing the up and coming South Core district as well.