Graycor Construction completed the first Crate and Barrel store outside of the U.S. in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre, on schedule, in 38 weeks. This was the first venture into Canada for Crate and Barrel. Recognized as America's number one home furnishings retailer with 160 locations nationwide, Crate and Barrel has a high focus on visual merchandising and a highly recognizable architectural design that are import components of the company's brand. The new 35,000-square-foot location is positioned inside the shopping centre with a strong exterior and interior presence. The project added an additional 22,000 square feet to an already existing shell, turning a single-story location into a three-story structure with an underground office and stock room, as well as two retail stories above ground. With Crate and Barrel's high focus on visual merchandising that relies on the store as reinforcement, Graycor Construction had to source several materials for the job, including porcelain tile, metal panel, western red cedar, ponderosa pine, colored concrete flooring, maple wood flooring and stone, of which 99 percent came from Canada. Overall, Graycor's relationship with Crate and Barrel spans more than a decade and includes 20 projects completed in 12 states, coast-to-coast, as well as now in Canada.