Hudson's Bay Centre
|Hudson's Bay Centre|
The Hudson's Bay Centre in Toronto
|Roof||135 m (443 ft)|
|Floor area||535,000 sq ft (49,700 m2)|
Hudson's Bay Centre is an office and retail complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the heart of the city at the intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge Street also known as the business and pleasure area of midtown Toronto. Brookfield Properties owns and operates the centre.
Completed in 1974, the International style office skyscraper stands at 135 metres in height. It contains 35 floors and 535,000-square-foot (49,700 m2), and its address 2 Bloor Street East, at the northeast corner of the intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets. It served as the headquarters for the retailer Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), and to this day it is still the main tenant although the company relocated its head office to the Simpson Tower in 1978.
The extensive retail concourse is anchored by a flagship store of Hudson's Bay/The Bay (known as the "Toronto, on Bloor Street" store at 44 Bloor Street East), the main brand of HBC. The mall contains over 45 specialty shops, boutiques, services and eateries. The complex also includes the Marriott Hotel, an RBC Royal Bank branch, apartments, and condominiums.
The centre has 1,200 spots for cars in its underground and above-ground parking lots. The building has multiple entrances located on Yonge, Bloor Streets, Park Road and Asquith Avenue. It is surrounded by several parks and Yorkville neighborhood, known for its shopping.
The building is connected to the Bloor-Yonge subway station, the TTC's major east-west/north-south transfer point. There are also below-grade connections to the Holt Renfrew Centre and Cumberland Terrace, which continues westward to 60 Bloor Street West and Manulife Centre. The pedestrian tunnels stretches along Bloor Street West all the way to the Bay subway station, making this Toronto's largest underground network after PATH.
There has been speculation that the 342,000 square foot Hudson's Bay/The Bay store will be undergoing a $100 million renovation to become the Canadian flagship location of Saks Fifth Avenue, the American luxury department store chain which is now also owned by Hudson's Bay Company (HBC).