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Canada’s First Eataly To Anchor Manulife Centre Redevelopment

A rendering of the Manulife Centre redevelopment

Manulife Real Estate plans a $100M redevelopment of Manulife Centre, adding 35k SF of new retail to the landmark complex and the first Canadian location for Italian-food market Eataly. The project, slated to start early next year, will involve a total overhaul of the centre’s exterior, adding a glass façade and expanding the retail podium (as seen above). The interior will be reconfigured, too, with renos to several key tenant spaces. Manulife president/CEO Kevin Adolphe says the property’s transformation and the modernization at the corner of Bloor and Bay will build on “tremendous changes taking place in Yorkville.”

Eataly at Manulife Centre

Here’s a sneak peek at Eataly, a 50k SF, three-storey space that’ll anchor the new-look Manulife Centre with a mix of markets, restaurants and eateries. The company is partnering with Selfridges Group and Terroni Restaurants for its Canadian debut, “leveraging local expertise to develop a truly distinct Toronto Eataly experience.” Eataly has 30 locations in the US, Italy, Japan, Dubai, Turkey and Brazil. It joins Manulife Centre’s roster of 40-plus retailers, including Cineplex, Bloor Street Market, Indigo, William Ashley, BMO, Bay Bloor Radio and Birks. The redevelopment is to be completed by 2019.