Manulife Centre
The Manulife Centre is located on the southeast corner of Bay and Bloor streets, adjacent to the southern edge of the Yorkville district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It consists of a 51-story 800-suite luxury residential tower at 44 Charles Street and a shorter tower at 55 Bloor Street West, connected by a retail complex on the main floor and basement.

Construction began in 1972 and was completed in 1974. It was developed and built for Manulife Financial, the current owners. An underground tunnel connects the basement level of the shopping concourse to Holt Renfrew at 50 Bloor St West on the north side of Bloor, allowing pedestrians to access either of two subway stations ( Bloor-Yonge or Bay) without going outside. Early retail tenants at the Manulife Centre included Bretton's department Store (60,000 square feet), Creed's (38,000 Square feet), Harridge's, and other luxury tenants. Over time, these three large retailers went bankrupt and closed.

Creeds was a women's specialty store specializing in furs, designer fashions and accessories, cosmetics (Borghese, Clarins, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Lancome), fragrances, and gifts. The 38,000-square-foot (3,500 m 2) store spanned three floors and featured boutiques for Chanel, Christian Dior, Emanuel Ungaro, and Sonia Rykiel. The original location opened in 1916; the Manulife Centre location closed with the firm's bankruptcy in 1991.

Today the retail portion of Manulife Centre serves the local population, and includes Birks, Indigo Books, and William Ashley fine china.


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