Designing for convenience: 7-Eleven Canada opens at Toronto Pearson International Airport

December 14, 2022

A premier name in convenience retail, 7-Eleven Canada, opened a location in Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1 Arrivals. The new 7-Eleven, designed by EXP, offers an open concept for travelers on the go. The design of the new store transformed the space, converting it from an existing kiosk to a backroom and storage room to support the new store design. “This 7-Eleven is an example of how a modified design can reshape a project for our client’s needs and serve travelers from across the globe,” said Vice President, Infrastructure Chris Sandink.

To meet the retail requirements of 7-Eleven and regulatory requirements of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), EXP revised conceptional plans and layouts to maximize space for 7-Eleven’s standard amenities and guaranteed zero impact to the airport’s data center. “EXP team members, Project Manager Stephen Wong and Architectural Designer Nadia Corsetti, carefully navigated retail requirements and critical airport infrastructure to achieve the most effective outcome. Our team and 7-Eleven Canada were pleased with their innovative solutions for the project,” continued Chris. The design of the convenience store considered the GTAA permitting and safety requirements for optimally placed signage. To accommodate an open floor plan and mezzanine level for the arrivals area which is located directly above the 7-Eleven, considerations were made for systems to be hidden. This involved innovative design approaches for the concealment of sanitary, data, water and electrical lines by the addition of knee-high walls in specific areas. To utilize the renovated space efficiently, EXP also designed a new space for the pad-mounted transformer and condensing units to be out-of-customer’s eye sites and within the storage room.

“We were honored to celebrate the completion of this project with our partners at 7-Eleven Canada and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. As one of EXP’s longstanding clients with the Commercial, Retail and Petroleum Group, we look forward to supporting 7-Eleven as they continue to expand their service lines to customers,” adds EXP’s Senior Director of the Commercial, Retail and Petroleum Group Scott Irvine.

To learn more about EXP’s Commercial, Retail and Petroleum group or EXP’s work with 7-Eleven Canada, contact Chris Sandink and Scott Irvine.

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