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In pictures: Cadillac Fairview malls prepare to welcome Nordstrom

Space in three malls will be renovated for the luxury department store chain that is based in Seattle. A new build will be added in a fourth

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This Cadillac Fairview property in Vancouver is soon to be made over for upscale U.S. department store Nordstrom which plans to open in four Canadian locations. Built for Eaton’s in 1973 as part of the Pacific Centre mall, and recently a Sears Centre, this location will be given a major facelift.

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Instead of blank white walls facing the street, the Vancouver redesign will bring daylight into the building with a glass facade. Cadillac Fairview will also make extensive renovations to its A-mall space at Calgary’s Chinook Centre and Ottawa’s Rideau Centre for its new U.S. tenant. In Toronto, Cadillac Fairview will add a new building at Sherway Gardens.

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Blake Nordstrom, Nordstrom Inc. president, centre front, announces the move north at a news conference in Toronto last September. Wayne Barwise, left, executive vice-president of development for Cadillac Fairview; John Sullivan, president and CEO of Cadillac Fairview and Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Canada, look on. ‘We’ve had our eye on Canada for a long time, and are thrilled to have this chance to better serve our customers here,’ Ms. McKibbin said.

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In west Toronto, Cadillac Fairview will undertake a $350-million revitalization and expansion of the Sherway Gardens shopping mall.

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An aerial view of Sherway Gardens. The project is scheduled to begin in January and will take about 45 months. ‘By making room for new best-in-class retailers and enhancing our overall shopping and dining environments, we are extending the mall’s appeal to the increasingly affluent, discerning shopper that Sherway Gardens attracts,’ Clive Baxter, Cadillac Fairview’s senior vice-president, Ontario portfolio, said in a news release.

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A rendering of the Sherway Gardens exterior facade. The extensive renovation of the mall will include room for four new full-service restaurants. A new three-level parkade nearby will provide customers with 1,200 parking spaces.

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Sherway Gardens redevelopment will provide an additional 210,000 square feet of retail space and a remerchandising of 90,000 square feet of existing space. The hope is that Nordstrom will heighten consumers’ experience of the mall. ‘Malls are quality assets and we have to take care of them,’ Mr. Barwise said. ‘We continue to invest significant capital in our properties so we can remain best in class and dominant in our respective market place.’

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