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Nordstrom to open at Toronto Eaton Centre

Nordstrom store in Chicago, Illinois on Sept. 16, 2012. GETTY IMAGES/Michael Ochs Archives/Raymond Boyd.

U.S. retailer Nordstrom – famed for its customer service – is coming to the Toronto Eaton Centre.

Nordstrom will take over the former Sears location.

“We want to serve those who live and work downtown as well the many visitors to the city and think Toronto Eaton Centre is a great place to do so,” Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Canada, said in a statement Wednesday.

Construction of the approximately 213,000 square-foot, three-level store is set to begin in March 2014. The store is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

A new food court opened at the mall in 2011. Nordstrom is part of the second phase of redevelopment, Wayne Barwise, the executive vice-president of development at mall owner Cadillac Fairview, said.

“Over the past three years we’ve spent $120 million in enhancements to Toronto Eaton Centre. This second phase of redevelopment will include an additional $400 million,” Barwise said in a statement.

Sears will remain at the Eaton Centre until Feb. 28, Cadillac Fairview spokeswoman Janine Ramparas told CityNews. Cadillac Fairview will then take possession of the store on March 1.

“Once we complete the necessary landlord’s work, we will hand-over the space to Nordstrom for their work around fall 2015,” Ramparas said in an email.

Nordstrom is planning to open six stores in Canada, including a store in Calgary by 2014, Ottawa and Vancouver in 2015, the Eaton Centre location and Yorkdale by the fall of 2016, and Sherway Gardens by 2017.