One of Canada’s pioneering mixed-used developments is ready to unveil its new look after an extensive revitalization project. The Manulife Centre, a 47-year-old, 51-storey landmark in Toronto’s midtown Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, announces its official retail relaunch as Ontario moves into phase two of its post-lockdown reopening plan, allowing for the return of shoppers.
They’ll be welcomed to 285,000 square feet of renewed space, which includes: a 35,000-square-foot expansion; redesigned fully accessible entrances; the addition of the flagship Eataly market, which opened in late 2019; and makeovers to several existing retailers’ premises. The Manulife Centre is now host to 25 shops, services and eateries, along with 435,000 square feet of office space and 809 luxury residential rental units.
“The modernization of Manulife Centre reflects a tremendous change that has been taking place in Bloor-Yorkville over the few years, and it will serve the local retail community well,” says Scott Gordon, head of Canadian real estate asset management at Manulife Investment Management. “We are excited for many of our existing retailers who have undergone beautiful redesigns of their spaces and we are thrilled that our longstanding presence in the community has provided the opportunity to welcome new flagship brands, including Eataly to the space.”