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An urban new look for an uptown retail hub

The Yonge Eglinton Centre in mid-town Toronto will soon be home to a new Urban Outfitters location, and with a major makeover looming, the complex could soon attract more big names in the retail business.

The large new two-level Urban Outfitters store is set to open in December. It will join Jacob, Smart Set, M for Mendocino and several other clothing retailers currently operating in the shopping centre.

Plans for the bright new interior for the soon-to-be-renovated Yonge Eglinton Centre.

The store arrives as RioCan embarks on a $100-million revitalization project of the Yonge-Eglinton Centre – a complex that combines office space and retail.

The project proposes to improve the existing retail space in the mall by making it brighter, more visually appealing and easier to navigate, and by adding more gathering places and seating.

The project will also add a modern new section of retail space, called ‘The Cube’, which will feature three levels of shops in a glass structure offering an abundance of natural light.

Altogether, the renovation will add 40,000 square feet of new space to the complex. The proposal is ambitious, but if RioCan pulls it off as planned, it will freshen up a part of the city that could certainly use a modern new look.


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Scarborough celebrates chic fashions and charity

Fall fashions will be showcased in the east end of the GTA this weekend, as Scarborough Town Centre hosts a chic event for a good cause.

The shopping centre is hosting its third annual fashion show in support of the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation on Sunday, October 23.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m., taking place in the mall’s Centre Court.

It will feature trendy new designs from such retailers as The Bay, M for Mendocino, ONLY and Melanie Lyne, among others. Lynn Spence, guest fashion expert from CityTv’s Cityline, will act as mistress of ceremonies for the evening.

Guests at the event will have the opportunity to win prizes, and can stick around for a post-show reception sponsored by Canyon Creek Chop House and Moxie’s Grill, featuring cocktails and snacks.

Tickets to the show are $60 or two for $100, with proceeds going towards the foundation – a registered charity that raises funds to support the purchase of leading edge medical equipment for the Rouge Valley Health System, as well as for major capital expansion projects.

This worthy event happens just once a year, fashionistas, so don’t miss it.

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New shops to go with a new look

Scarborough Town Centre has been gearing up for the busy back-to-school shopping season by adding a slew of new stores to its retail mix.

Since its renovation last year (A shiny new shopping hub for Scarborough), the mall has been freshening up its offerings. STC targets fashionable 15-44-year-olds who live in Scarborough and other communities in the east end of the GTA.

Here are some of the shopping center’s newest additions and looming arrivals:

Justice. This tween hot-spot opened recently on the upper level, providing girls aged 7 to 14 with a new go-to destination for fashionable apparel.

Eyestar Optical. The mall’s newest eye-wear retailer specializes in trendy collections of sunglasses and prescription glasses, carrying such designers as Bvlgari, Cartier, Prada, Oakley and Dolce & Gabbana.

Zumiez. Opening this month, Zumiez offers skateboards, snowboards, and everything you need to look cool on the board of your choice: hoodies, Vans, headphones and a huge variety of other apparel, shoes and accessories.

ecko unltd. Ecko, with its world-famous Rhino t-shirts, sweatpants, hats and more, is poised to open this fall.

Journeys. This funky and casual footwear and accessory retailer, arriving in October, carries such brands as Adidas, Converse, DC and Nike.

Forever XXI. In November – just in time for the chaotic holiday shopping season – the shopping centre will become host to a large new two-storey Forever XXI store, occupying 27,000 sq. ft. of space.

Victoria’s Secret. Also set to arrive in November, the new Victoria’s Secret location will be situated next to its newly added sister store, PINK.

Also set to open in the months ahead are familiar Canadian brands M for Mendocino and Aritzia.

Scarborough shoppers, start saving: a shopping spree may be in store.

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Mendocino marks its territory

Torontonians love their fashion, especially when it’s affordable. So it’s no surprise that cheap-chic fashion retailer M for Mendocino continues to grow.

M, the “value-conscious little sister” chain to Toronto-based fashion retailer Mendocino, is gearing up to open a new boutique very soon, located downtown Toronto in First Canadian Place.

It will be the chain’s sixth location in Toronto, with others located in:

– Yorkdale Mall

– Holt Renfrew Centre

– Yonge Eglinton Centre

– Queen Street West

– The Beaches

Just two years since the first M store opened, that’s pretty impressive growth.

No doubt, the chain has benefited from its association with the Mendocino name. Launched in 1987, Mendocino has grown into a chain of nine boutiques well known for carrying the latest trends for fashion-conscious women in Toronto. It carries such high-end labels as Rich & Skinny, True Religion, BCBG MAXAZRIA and Citizens of Humanity.

Little sister M has attracted the attention of similarly fashionable – but slightly thriftier – shoppers in the GTA, ranging in age from about 20 to 45. The boutiques carry a range of stylish casual wear and career wear, often at amazingly low prices.

The new store should fit in well at First Canadian Place, alongside other retailers also catering to females in the city’s financial district, such as Aldo, Nine West, Cassis and Melanie Lyne.

M’s clearly making a name for herself in this segment of the market, and at this rate of growth, I wouldn’t be surprised if she soon had more stores than her big sister.

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