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The Eaton Centre

Entrance to Eaton Center at Yonge and Dundas

The Eaton Centre is one of the largest indoor shopping malls in the world, consisting of more than 300 stores on five levels.

Interior of the Eaton Center

Ironically, although the Eaton Centre draws thousands of shoppers every day, the Eaton company experienced serious financial troubles. Late attempts at changing product lines had, in my opinion, only made matters worse. Before, they always had something for everyone, selling all manner of products, such as clothing, appliances, and furniture. But then, they concentrated on fashion. Imagine a ten story clothing boutique!

Signs advertising Eatons 'Going out of business' sale

After going out of business, the main Eatons store opened again after being bought up by Sears. But it was renamed "eaton", and tried to cater to more up-scale customers. There were more changes. For example, the lower floor of the store was been converted into even more mall stores.

But even Sears did not succeed with this store, and now there are plans to rebrand the eaton stores as "Sears" stores. Perhaps with this move, the store will return to Eatons traditional focus on middle-class customers with more affordable products.

Church behind the Eaton Center

Although the east side of the Eaton Center is rather busy due to Yonge Street traffic, you can find a quiet oasis on its west side. Not many people know about such spots as Trinity Square.