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Empress Walk is a large condominium and retail complex at the intersection of Yonge Street and Empress Avenue in the North York Centre area of North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Developed by Menkes Development, Phase 1 was completed in 1997 and Phase 2 by 2000.
The podium of the complex is a three-storey retail mall covering 240,000 square feet (22,000 m2) topped with a 95 feet (29 m) dome, the highlight being the longest unsupported escalator in North America to give access to the movie theatre from the ground floor. There is a 3035-seat Cineplex Cinemas movie multiplex featuring an state of the art IMAX Theatre. The lowest level has underground access to the North York Centre subway station.
Above are two 34-storey residential towers, known as the Royal Pinnacle, with a total of 745 units between them.
Behind the Empress Walk complex on its east side is Princess Park, commemorating the original sites of the first municipal building and fire hall of North York. It features the façade of the former Township of North York Municipal Offices from the 1940s, while the bell/clock tower from the fire hall has been reconstructed and serves as the centrepiece for the park.
Across the street, and connected via the TTC tunnel, are Mel Lastman Square, the North York Civic Centre, the North York City Centre office tower and Novotel. Next door, and connected via a passageway is the 5075 Yonge Street tower, with Scotiabank and Upper Madison College.
It was built as part of Mel Lastman's bid to create a downtown in North York to rival the old city of Toronto. It remains a hub of activity with condominium projects being built north and south of it today.
In 2000, the property was acquired by RioCan REIT, a Canadian real estate investment trust.
Current and Former Tenants
- Cineplex Cinemas (originally Famous Players SilverCity & Empire Theatres) (Cineplex had merged with Famous Players in the 1990s and sold off their Empress Walk location as they had a nearby Cineplex Sheppard Grande theatre at Sheppard Avenue and Yonge Street. In 2013, when Empire Theatres exited the Ontario market, Cineplex reacquired and renovated the Empress Walk location, while the Cineplex Sheppard Grande was demolished in 2016 as part of a major redevelopment Yonge Sheppard Centre.
- LCBO (formerly part of Indigo Books and Music then converted into a multi level retail space, now a one level LCBO)
- Loblaws Empress Market
- Best Buy Canada (re branded from Future Shop, prior to that Sport Chek)
- Dollarama (formerly Fabricland, prior to that Tower Records)
- PetSmart (formerly Solutions, Staples, prior to that)
- F45 Training
- Shinta BBQ Opening Soon (formerly Indigo Books and Music)
- Petit Potato Opening Soon (formerly Milestones Gril and Bar)
- RBC Bank Opening Soon (formerly Milestones Gril and Bar)