The first of 3 Nordstrom locations in Toronto opened today at the Toronto Eaton Centre, so we here at RFD decided to head over and take a look to see the product selection, pricing, and everything else the popular American Department store has to offer those of us north of the border!
A view of the entrance when entering through the Dundas side of the mall.
Within the Eaton Centre, Nordstrom occupies most of what was once Sears, however once you walk in it's obvious that Nordstrom is not much like it's predecessor. Immediately upon entering the store, you're greeted by at least 2 employees, and are continuously greeted every few feet you walk throughout the store. If you're a little wary about being swarmed by employees, just remember that this may simply be Nordstrom going all-out for opening day, so the employee to customer ratio could decrease as time goes on.
A view of the cosmetics area on the first floor.
The store is fairly well laid out, with a mostly open concept that allows you to easily float from one brand to the next. The store seems clean, and product is easy to browse, however there are only one or two of each item displayed on the floor, so if you require a size other than those displayed, you will have to make use of one of the almost infinite amount of Nordstrom staff in order to get what you need.
Starting on the first floor, there are a few different men and women's apparel displayed, however the most notable features of the first floor include the accessory section, where you can find purses, laptop cases and wallets from brands such as Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Burberry. If you're shopping for all things makeup and beauty, the first floor contains an almost endless amount of kiosks from popular brands such as Dior, MAC, Yves St. Laurent, Bobbi Brown, and more.
If you're shoe shopping, you can stop off and get your shoes shined in the men's shoe section.
Heading up to the second and third floor, you'll find the majority of apparel for men, women, and children as well as shoes for the entire family. Not much can be said about the prices themselves, as it's what you'd expect of a typical department store, with prices ranging from $50.00 for some items to over $1000.00 depending on the designer brand you're shopping.
Some popular designer brands have small secluded boutiques throughout the store.
In terms of brands, there is some overlap with department stores like Hudson's Bay, however, there are also quite a few brands you would not be able to get at The Bay or other department stores. Most notably, Nordstrom includes quite a few accessories and clothing pieces from Stella McCartney, Burberry, and Lanvin -- all brands which you'd be hard-pressed to find outside the beauty section at The Bay. If you're getting ready for winter, Nordstrom also carries a fairly sizeable selection Canada Goose apparel -- a brand not carried at Hudson's Bay, and Moncler -- a brand currently only carried in 2 boutiques in all of Canada.
One of the bars located within Nordstrom
If you're accompanying a shopaholic, or just looking to drift through the store and take your time, Nordstrom has quite a few features to make you comfortable. Throughout the store you can find comfortable sitting areas where you can sit back and relax. If you need a drink or a bite to eat, there are bars on both the 2nd and 3rd floor.
One of the bars located within Nordstrom
If you're at the end of a long day and your smartphone battery is on its last legs, you can take advantage of the free charging station, which lets you charge your phone in a mini-locker while you continue your shopping.
While there is some overlap in Nordstrom with other department stores like Hudson's Bay, Holt Renfrew, and Saks Fifth Avenue, there are enough unique brands and touches that make it a worthwhile shopping experience. With Nordstrom locations already established in Calgary, Ottawa, and Vancouver, as well as 2 more locations opening in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre in October, and Sherway Gardens in 2017, it will be interesting to see how Canada's department store competition changes going forward.