Toronto Eaton Centre's Sears is clearing out to make way for Nordstrom's flagship Canadian store. (Christina Ciddio/Ryersonian Staff)

Toronto Eaton Centre’s Sears is clearing out to make way for Nordstrom’s flagship Canadian store. (Christina Ciddio/Ryersonian Staff)

Luxury retailer Nordstrom will open a flagship store at Toronto Eaton Centre in 2016, as a part of the mall’s $400-million redevelopment. 

The company will take over three storeys from Sears, a 213,000-square-foot space, which is already clearing out merchandise. Sears will keep the top four floors for their headquarters, and the remaining two will be leased to other retailers. This will be Nordstrom’s fifth foray into Canada since signing a major partnership with Cadillac Fairview. 

Nordstrom, which carries popular brands including Marc Jacobs and John Varvatos, will bring an appeal to shoppers who are unimpressed with Sears’ brand selection, says fourth-year biology student Dalyet Melekin.

“I walk through Sears because it’s a convenient way to get to the mall, but every time I go it’s always dead,” said Melekin. “It’s dated and it’s about time a great store takes over.”

Leigh Leader, the retail management director of the Ryerson Commerce Society, said that she hopes the store’s arrival will bring “exciting new opportunities for students, whether part-time jobs or future internships within the company.”

Construction at Toronto Eaton Centre location is scheduled to begin as early as March.

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