saks fifth avenue toronto

Flagship Saks to include three level food hall in Toronto

The arrival of Saks Fifth Avenue in Toronto is nigh, with the Queen St. flagship of Hudson's Bay (which will soon share a building with the upscale department store) already boarded up and bisected as renovations get underway. Details are beginning to trickle out about the new space, with one particular piece of news of note to the local office crowd: A three-floor food hall.

Retail Insider reports that the plans include a 5,500-square-foot restaurant, which will be the entryway for what one staffer referred to as a 'three-level food experience.' The food area, operated by upscale Toronto grocer Pusateri's, will occupy the northwest corner of Yonge and Richmond. (Not sure what this means for Oliver & Bonacini, who currently operate a downstairs cafeteria space.

Other details are also emerging: Saks will feature a range of higher-end brands, including cosmetics, and the two stores may divvy up lines they carry based on pricing. The Room and the Bay's shoe floor (famously the largest in Canada) will also be moved, and some of the lower floors of the adjacent Simpson Tower, previously offices, will now be converted into retail space. Check out the post at Retail Insider for more.

Photo by brian cameron via the blogTO Flickr pool.


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