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Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn closing Bloor St. stores

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 11, 2014

pottery barn torontoAs of early next year, Toronto's home cooks and decor aficionados will no longer be looking to Bloor St. for their decorative knick-knacks and Le Creuset crockpots. Williams-Sonoma Inc. has announced it's closing its Yorkville outpost, along with its sister home furnishing store Pottery Barn, at the beginning of 2015. The move will open up a massive two floors of retail space, amounting to 37,000 square feet, Retail Insider reports.

The company blamed the "rising costs of real estate" in the neighbourhood for the pullout; unsurprising, since stores on the strip of Bloor, west of Yonge, are tending more and more toward luxury clothing, as the upcoming replacement of the Roots flagship with a new Holt Renfrew's men's store shows. It's not yet known who might move into the space, but what I can predict is a closing sale for the ages.

Photo via Retail Insider.



Yvonne T. / August 11, 2014 at 03:34 pm
My question is when will the liquidation sales begin... (if any).
Steven / August 11, 2014 at 03:34 pm
Prime real eastate land for --- condos?
LL / August 11, 2014 at 03:36 pm
Maybe we'll finally get that Uniqlo
Wes / August 11, 2014 at 03:41 pm
There will be no liquidation sale.
Michael / August 11, 2014 at 03:41 pm
Future flagship Apple store I'd wager.
Todd Toronto / August 11, 2014 at 03:44 pm
Rob Ford, if you can convince Cineplex to take over that space and rebuild the University cinema (to its original specs, of course) you will have my vote.
Probably / August 11, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Williams Sonoma can't afford the real estate there, but just around the corner the porn shops, strip clubs, hooka lounges, "massage" parlours, and curiously abundant 90's internet cafes and electronics shops don't seem to have any problem at all. Go home Toronto, you're drunk.
Mike / August 11, 2014 at 03:47 pm
A Uniqlo might make sense there, but my guess is that the rent is still too high for them. Plus the demographic they cater to is definitely younger, suiting them closer to Yonge & Dundas (maybe inside the Eaton Centre).
McRib replying to a comment from LL / August 11, 2014 at 03:48 pm
yes please on the Uniqlo.

I'd also put money on a flagship Apple store, odd a city the size of Toronto doesn't have one.
S / August 11, 2014 at 03:50 pm
So where are we going to have to display their facade and logo, since we apparently have to preserve every failed & former business in this City?
Steve replying to a comment from Mike / August 11, 2014 at 03:57 pm
The Pottery Barn closed their Eaton Centre location a couple years ago. It became 21 Forever.
I suspect it is their cheap over priced goods. I always wondered why would I by this stuff, you can better at C&B for half the price.
James replying to a comment from S / August 11, 2014 at 04:00 pm
What the hell are you on about? Businesses open and close every day in this city without anybody blinking an eye.
Probably not replying to a comment from Probably / August 11, 2014 at 04:05 pm
They own the buildings dummy, they don't pay rent
Matthew replying to a comment from Probably / August 11, 2014 at 04:05 pm
If you don't understand the difference between a prime spot on Bloor and the dingy spots down Yonge I'd say you're the one who is drunk. Just because 2 things are walking distance from each other doesn't make them the same thing. Just ask the folks in St. Jamestown, they are right around the corner from Rosedale and that don't make 'em Rosedale by a long shot.
TBIT replying to a comment from James / August 11, 2014 at 04:10 pm
don't feed the trolls; they are fat enough on this site :)
O. Pine / August 11, 2014 at 04:11 pm
I'm betting on Shoppers Drug Mart!
WM replying to a comment from Steve / August 11, 2014 at 04:38 pm
They closed their Eaton's center store because they finally saw the folly in having a furniture store in the basement of an urban shopping center. Given Williams Sononma's (parent company of Pottery Barn)soaring profits and stock price, it appears that many people enjoy their products.
Brent / August 11, 2014 at 05:10 pm
Given how tastelessly Torontonians decorate their homes, this is not surprising news.
Chris replying to a comment from Brent / August 11, 2014 at 05:21 pm
And how exactly would you know something like that? Are you a cat burglar or something?
Josh / August 11, 2014 at 05:25 pm
Know what would be great here - an IKEA. Just saying.
BM / August 11, 2014 at 05:31 pm
Is there another Pottery Barn in Toronto?
Todd Toronto replying to a comment from S / August 11, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Umm, that's already a preserved facade.
Moaz Ahmad / August 11, 2014 at 06:02 pm
I'm all for an urban IKEA with delivery service.if IKEA can make it in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong they can make it on Bloor St. I suppose a Nordstrom is also a possibility?

Cheers, Moaz
Talentscout / August 11, 2014 at 06:33 pm
Never shop there...No desire to shop there..They never advertise and my house is worth over 1 million dollars.......Overated...
Willie Wonthe / August 11, 2014 at 06:37 pm
What's the big deal with Uniqlo? Is that cheap cotton stuff really that popular here? Uniqlo has Eaton Centre or Yorkdale written all over it.
No to an Apple store. Way too downscale for Bloor Street. Ditto for frkn IKEA.
iSkyscraper / August 11, 2014 at 06:37 pm
Any time a retailer closes or declines to open on Bloor Street but operates at Yorkdale or Square One it's not a great sign. Toronto is rare in having a healthy downtown where normal, regular shopping takes place. You don't want to see downtown become tourist/convenience shopping while the suburbs take all the good stuff. Toronto is already alone among major cities for not having a downtown Apple Store flagship (no, the Eaton Centre mall store does not count) - I hope this closing is not the beginning of a trend.
Steve replying to a comment from Brent / August 11, 2014 at 06:55 pm
How would you know that? Are you some kind of peeping tom, a pervert.
Steve replying to a comment from WM / August 11, 2014 at 06:57 pm
What comes to mind when I read that is Walmart. Tons of profits and the cheapest kind of merchandise and people will flock to it because they think they are saving money, making Walmart even more money.
Bdyyz / August 11, 2014 at 07:19 pm
The rent was probably closer to $200,000 per month. Based on those numbers a store would have to do $20m a year. I don't think there is enough margin or velocity in home goods to sustain those rents. Too bad. I think they are a good addition to the street.
Monogamist replying to a comment from Steve / August 11, 2014 at 07:33 pm
There is a pottery barn, Williams, pottery barn kids @ sherway and yorkdale. They are looking to open up in the down town area still...just haven't found a large enough space to carry all the brands. Maybe closer to west elm.
Sales at the current location were great but when you take in all the cost to constantly fix the old elevators ( needed when moving furniture) leaking ceilings...then add rent ... It was outrageous to stay there. Most of the stores in that area are leaving. Bloor isn't as trendy as it once was.
It was just time to move.
Wow replying to a comment from Rick / August 11, 2014 at 07:35 pm
Hahaha, more than 20K per month!
Like Bdyyz says, it was probably closer to 200K you dummy :)
Aaron / August 11, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Dollarama, Giant Tiger, Harvey's burgers and perhaps a tattoo parlour, indoor mini-putt and a pinball arcade. Add indoor food trucks. Yeah, that would be swell. Trucks on blocks serving their food like a food court in a mall without having to stand in the rain.
WEB / August 11, 2014 at 09:14 pm
In that there space, I suggest a Wal-Mart and a good 'ol Micky D's!
jae / August 11, 2014 at 09:26 pm
Roots is still there...re-opening the flagship store in what I believe is the old Gap Kids space.
jason replying to a comment from Rick / August 11, 2014 at 09:52 pm
Average rent on Bloor St. is $300 per sq. ft.
Based on 37,000 and assuming $150 PSF rent, you're looking at $462,500.00 / month.
kevin replying to a comment from Probably not / August 11, 2014 at 10:13 pm
as a former manager, i can tell you that they do NOT own the property and the rent is astronomical.
cathie replying to a comment from Steve / August 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Forget Crate & Barrel, think Homesense. Obviously not as well presented, but really, no difference in quality on many of their items.
Nadia replying to a comment from Yvonne T. / August 12, 2014 at 09:20 am
That was my first thought! The most important info is skipped!
Jak / August 12, 2014 at 09:47 am
Nordstrom Rack
Similar to the one at union sq NYC
PMK / August 12, 2014 at 09:47 am
Why is nobody pointing out the obvious flaw in the article? Le Creuset makes dutch ovens, NOT crockpots.
ADF / August 12, 2014 at 10:10 am
Pottery Barn and WS don't need to be on Bloor... consumers will trek off the beaten path to the back of a mall to pickup these items, and maybe that we they could drop the price tag a bit via lowered rent!!!!! I like the PIER 1 strategy.
Morris Kode / August 12, 2014 at 01:27 pm
It seems to me that Uniqlo is a lot like GAP used to be; it seems very cool because it is not available here. Even Old Navy was cool once when it was unavailable in Canada.
Anita / August 12, 2014 at 09:49 pm
Who cares. I'm disgusted I can't buy clothes, shoes, kitchen stuff, furniture, even a hammer, that's made in Canada anymore. Hope they all go bankrupt! I'm sick of cheap overpriced crap from Asia!
Frances replying to a comment from James / August 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm
Right on James!! You tell 'em!!
Frances replying to a comment from James / August 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm
Put in a homeless shelter; shake up the system a little bit.
Anny replying to a comment from Aaron / August 14, 2014 at 12:28 am
I would do terrible things for a Giant Tiger downtown.
Jeffey Siegel replying to a comment from Todd Toronto / September 1, 2014 at 08:44 pm
I like Todd Toronto's idea of turning it back into the original University Theatre....but with modern equipment, and why not style the users uniforms like it was back in the GOOD OLE' DAYS! It would look very classy on Bloor Street now.
Jeffey Siegel replying to a comment from jae / September 1, 2014 at 08:56 pm
do you really think Wal-Mart will pay Bloor Street prices for rent? Or are you thinking an UP-SCALE Wal-Mart with a Hero Burger instead of McDonald's for the in-house restaruant? I think they would have to call it something else....like Sam's Place (can't use Sam's Club..they already screwed that up in Canada), or maybe just SAM'S or UNCLE SAM'S. Another US retail invasion! I's sure you have heard the expression....if I have to compete with a company selling the same thing, I might as well compete against myself. That's why General Motors had so many brands....chevy to compete against pontiac, and buick to compete against oldsmobile. Many american's have no idea what parent company owns the products they are using. PepsiCo, GENERAL MILLS, KRAFT, NESTLE, are huge food companies...and most of us consume something from one of them each day.
Jeffey Siegel replying to a comment from jae / September 1, 2014 at 09:44 pm
Don't you find it strange that the Landlord at the NEW Roots Location is HOLT RENFREW....and how HOLT RENFREW IS OPENING THEIR NEW MENS STORE IN THE SPACE JUST VACATED BY Roots?
Spike replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / September 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm
I'm sorry, but not having a downtown Apple Store does not mean that the downtown of a city's going to fall apart. There will be other uses for those spaces, and other stores.

Or there could be something like a movie theater there again, like there used to be.
ACMESalesRep replying to a comment from PMK / September 8, 2014 at 03:27 am
Surely you mean French ovens…
Richard / January 20, 2015 at 07:30 pm
Unfortunately, Toronto is becoming a very boring city. Any interesting stores are disappearing. Surplus stores, book stores, electronics (not made-in-China cheap rubbish) stores, dedicated camera stores. Pretty soon, all we'll have are women's clothing stores, fast-food and banks.
Duh / February 13, 2015 at 06:31 pm
The space will be made available for when Uniqlo comes to town. The multiple-level structure should say it all.
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