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Eaton Centre Food Court Getting Green Makeover, Other Mall Improvements Announced

The owner of the Eaton Centre plans to spend millions of dollars to upgrade the massive mall and improve green standards, mainly through changes to its food courts.

On Friday Cadillac Fairview released details of its $120 million two-year renovation project slated to start July 1st and the improvements will coincide with the arrival of some prominent new tenants, including Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman.

The upcoming renovations will mark the first significant changes to the shopping centre since it opened in 1977.

The first phase of renovations will focus on the two food courts. The eating area in the north end of the mall will become the main dining spot and plastic cutlery and Styrofoam plates will be replaced with re-usable items.

New cleaning equipment will be used that will cut water and electricity consumption in half and a new pulping machine that will transform food scraps into clumps for compost will be installed, diverting some 90 per cent of the waste created in the food court out of landfills.

The south food court will be made to resemble “an upscale restaurant style environment”.

Other upgrades will include bigger washrooms, new floors, new handrails, improved fixtures on escalators and elevators, new doors on all entrances and more trees.

A new sculpture has also been commissioned and will be hung from the ceiling.