Mink Mile

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The preserved façade of the former University Theatre.

Mink Mile is an upscale shopping district in the neighbourhood of Yorkville in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, along Bloor Street between Yonge Street and Avenue Road.


Holt Renfrew's flagship store on Bloor Street

Mink Mile commands an average rent of $310 per square foot, making it the most expensive place in Canada to lease retail space[1] and the third most expensive retail space in North America. This stretch of Bloor was named in 2008 the seventh most expensive shopping street in the world by Fortune Magazine, claiming tenants can make $1,500 to $4,500 per square foot in sales.[2]

The Mink Mile has been recognized as one of the most luxurious shopping streets in North America, being compared to New York's Fifth Avenue, Chicago's Magnificent Mile, and Los Angeles' Rodeo Drive.[3] Demand remained high on the Mink Mile, according to real estate firm, Cushman and Wakefield. In 2005, retail space rents were $110 per square foot. The 2010 Cushman and Wakefield report indicate rents of $198 per square foot, while the Q407 Toronto Retail Report in 2010[4] mentions deals reaching $300 per square foot, making the Mink Mile the third most expensive retail street in North America. This has led to higher rents on nearby Cumberland St. and Yorkville Ave., with several new developments asking $125 per square foot. Expensive Indian fashion boutique INDIVA, which moved to a smaller boutique on Yorkville Ave., claims that the monthly rent at their previous location was $85,000.[5] Many independent retailers struggle to meet these demands, and many in past years have closed or relocated to other streets. However, it is estimated that some retailers pull in more than $2000 per square foot in sales.[6]

In recent years, mid-market retailers have begun to locate along the Mink Mile. In 2005, Winners and La Senza opened stores, later followed by Club Monaco, J. Crew, Banana Republic, French Connection, Puma, Aldo, Aritzia, American Apparel, Roots Canada Ltd, Guess, Nike, Zara, Roots, Lululemon, Sephora, Gap and H&M. Discount retailer, Labels 4 Less, opened their own store in 2008, to the disappointment of many of its neighbours but was replaced shortly by Hugo Boss[7].

Bloor Street Transformation Project[edit]

Begun in 2008, the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area and the City of Toronto updated the streetscape from Church Street to Avenue Road, creating an enhanced pedestrian experience with widened sidewalks, mature trees, flower gardens, modern lighting and public art.[8] The project was completed in 2013.


Several international luxury retailers have shops in the area including Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Cartier, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Cole Haan, Porsche Design, Tiffany & Co., Coach, Victorinox Swiss Army and a 50,000 square foot Harry Rosen flagship. Holt Renfrew also has its flagship department store on 50 Bloor Street and a Men's store at 100 Bloor Street.

There are also other midrange and upscale stores, such as Max Mara, Moncler, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, The Gap, Roots Canada, Sephora, H&M, Aritzia, and Club Monaco.

Shopping centres[edit]


  1. ^ Yorkville’s glitzy Mink Mile is the most expensive spot in Canada to lease retail space, Toronto Life, July 11, 2012, Monika Warzecha
  2. ^ "The world's most expensive streets - Bloor Street, Toronto". Fortune. CNNMoney. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  3. ^ City Mayors: Most expensive shopping streets
  4. ^ "Q407 Toronto Retail Report" (PDF). Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  5. ^ "Print Edition". globeandmail.com. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  6. ^ "Post #40". Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  7. ^ Boss Hugo Boss, Bloor West's newest fashion flagship, The Toronto Star, Dec. 17, 2009, David Livingstone
  8. ^ "Bloor Street Transformation". Archived from the original on July 24, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2010.

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