Located in central downtown Toronto, The Toronto Eaton Centre is a 5 floor, 1.7 million square foot shopping mall and office complex that boasts both a marvelous architectural design and great historical relevance.
Founded as a dry goods store by Timothy Eaton in the 19th century, this small shop would grow to revolutionize retailing across North America. In 1977, Eaton’s partnered with Cadillac Fairview to begin planning the design for a shopping center that would one day attract over 1 million guests and tourists per week.
The multilevel, vaulted glass-ceiling galleria was inspired by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy and remains today as a benchmark for architectural excellence. Redevelopments in the 1990s and early 2000s have seen the expansion of the Eaton Centre to include street-facing retail stores that display the latest trends in fashion, sports and technology for passersby.
Throughout the new millennium, the mall has been subject to multiple redevelopments to accommodate further expansions and upgrades to its architectural framework. The most recent revitalization project lasted from 2010 to 2013 and totaled over $120 million dollars in renovations. Upgrades included new flooring throughout, the redevelopment of the Centre’s two existing food courts, upgrades and expansions to washroom facilities, lighting improvements, new railings, new entry doors, and green initiatives.
The Toronto Eaton Center and its Office Properties are easily accessible by car or transit. For drivers, there are multi-level parkades available off of Bay and Yonge Streets that offer direct access to the mall and office complexes. For those taking public transit, hop off the Yonge Street subway line at Dundas to find yourself within a few minutes from the mall. Streetcar service also runs 7 days a week along both Queen and Dundas Streets.
With free WiFi, a large food court, modernized stores that accommodate your daily living requirements and more, all in the heart of downtown, The Toronto Eaton Centre is arguably one of the best places to shop in the GTA.