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Eataly Toronto announces opening date

Italian food marketplace will open the doors to its first Canadian location next month

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The wait is nearly over.

Eataly will open its first Canadian location at Toronto’s Manulife Centre, a mix-use tower located at the bustling south-east corner of Bay and Bloor Street on November 13. The Italian food marketplace made the announcement on its Instagram page Monday morning.


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It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, amici. We’re officially opening on Wednesday, November 13! Read on for more details & tag a friend below you’ll be there with. ❤️️🎉 #EatalyToronto . . . EAT, SHOP & LEARN: That’s right – in less than a month, you’ll be able to take a trip to Italy without leaving the Yorkville neighbourhood! Our doors will officially open to the public at 5 p.m. on November 13. What’s going on for opening day? Arrive early to be one of the first guests to browse our marketplace, learn from a few of our favorite producers with complimentary tastings (maybe a few giveaways!), dine in our restaurants, and so much more. T-minus 22 days! See you there.

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Launched in 2007 in Turin, Italy, Eataly has more than 40 stores in locations such as Japan, Dubai, New York, Boston, Moscow and Seoul. Each location features restaurants, cafés, to-go eateries, fresh counters, more than 10,000 grocery products and a cooking school.

Eataly doesn’t follow a template when designing its stores, however. Instead, each location is designed based on feedback from locals and a concept is built out from there.

“Every store is born different,” said Ennio Perrone, vice-president of business strategy and marketing for Eataly North America, during a conference in Las Vegas last fall. “The design is the consequence of the experience, customer journey and brand values.”

For instance, the L.A. store includes a rooftop restaurant with a wood-burning grill and the Boston location has a heavy focus on seafood. But, in all locations the staff is “empowered to make sure they give the right experience to the right customers at their location,” he said.

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