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18 May 2016

Open-Air Shopping Trending in Toronto

Click below to read the full post on the Real Estate News Exchange and learn more about how the Shops at Don Mills are a testing ground for an even bigger project.

• A nod to nodes approach works. With the benefit of a blank slate at the Shops of Don Mills, Cadillac was able to group stores and services in nodes specializing in areas such as food or high-end fashions, all the while ensuring there are no “dead spots” that no one frequents.

The nodes have proved popular at Don Mills and will likely be mirrored at the Buttonville development. “We understand that you don’t want to have parts of the centre that are dominant and other parts of the centre that are less dominant.”

• Feed the ecosystem. It may seem strange to have a supermarket and a furniture store at a high-end mall, but it fits the mixed-use model.

“We are going to be building north of 2,000 condos there (at Don Mills).  It makes sense to have a furniture store and it makes sense to have a supermarket … and no other covered power centre can offer that anymore.  That is why it is more like a village than a power centre.”

At Don Mills, the village concept will continue to grow by adding new villagers as three of seven planned condo developments have been built and sales for building No. 4 begins this summer.

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