The exterior looks great at night, there are some strips (panels)that are lit up, and many more that are nice and glazed that reflect light from the square and look great in contrast to the textured ones that don't reflect the light.
I don't care for it personally. It's both bland in material and colour, and has a lot of awkward elements like the cutouts, overhang, etc.
Compare it to their flagship design in NYC: [...]
Although, this one seems to be an exception. Most of the other ones are equally dull as Eaton Centre's.
If I recall, when the Eaton Centre facade was redone in the 90s, the idea was to create the illusion of different buildings and stores. Their goal was to create something more pedestrian friendly, engaging and less monotonous. At the time, the all white exterior was seen as being just the opposite.
Time has obviously proven them wrong. The original was far superior, and I don't the changes have fostered greater pedestrian engagement.
As for Nordstrom's I believe they're aiming for a sense of exclusivity by having a large wall and relatively small entrance. Something brighter and more engaging would benefit the mall overall, but I guess they're going to do what they feel best ties into their brand.
I think Starbucks and Baton Rouge are the only places with open doors on Yonge right now.. Roots used to be open but they aren't right now.