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Bright, fancy Eaton Centre

These are the main elements of a $120-million facelift for the33-year-old Toronto Eaton Centre, which attracts 52 million visitors ayear.

A better food court featuring real china plates.

A dramatic new lighting sculpture suspended from the iconic glass ceiling.

And a lighter, brighter, more airy feel throughout the mall.

These are the main elements of a $120-million facelift for the 33-year-old Toronto Eaton Centre, which attracts 52 million visitors a year.

“When we first opened the doors, it set a new standard for retail,” Wayne Barwise, vice-president of development for owner Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd., said in Toronto on Thursday. “Now, we’re about to do this again.”

Nearly half the budget will be spent refreshing the glass-domed upper floor, referred to as the Galleria, after the Italian mall that inspired the original architect. In the Galleria, a stunning new light sculpture by a British design firm will hang from the glass dome, starting above the fountain and stretching 30 metres in either direction.

The rest of the budget will be spent upgrading the two food court areas, Barwise said.

The north food court, near Dundas Street, will become a showcase both for local restaurateurs, and national chains, Barwise said. The food at all the restaurants will be served on real china, instead of plastic, paper and Styrofoam.

 
 
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