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Toronto’s Mink Mile is Canada’s most expensive place to rent retail space, but still a long way from Fifth Avenue

The average rent on Toronto's Bloor Street strip running from Yonge Street to Avenue Road was $325 a square foot per year, a long way from US$3,500 per square foot to rent space on New York's fabled Fifth Avenue, which is the most expensive retail spot in the world.

TORONTO — Toronto’s famed “Mink Mile,” home to some of the world’s most luxurious retail brands, is the most expensive place to rent space in Canada, according to a new study.

But even making it to the top spot in Canada only places the country’s largest city at 21st in the world when it comes to rental rates, says the study from Cushman & Wakefield, released Wednesday.

It found the average rent on Toronto’s Bloor Street strip running from Yonge Street to Avenue Road was $325 a square foot per year, a long way from US$3,500 per square foot to rent space on New York’s fabled Fifth Avenue, which is the most expensive retail spot in the world.

Toronto, actually slipped a spot. It was ranked 20th in 2014. For the purposes of the study, only the top district from each country is included in the worldwide rankings.

“In Canada, prime high street rents were unchanged over the year; however, as vacancy rates gradually tighten across most markets, a return to growth is anticipated in the medium term,” Cushman & Wakefield said in the report, which cited zero per cent rental growth in the Canadian markets it surveyed.

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