Shoppers World Danforth
Shoppers World Danforth is a hybrid shopping plaza and shopping mall in Toronto, Canada. It has 40 stores serving parts of East York and The Beaches, near the Victoria Park subway station. Today a moderately sized suburban plaza, it has a notable place in history as one of the first suburban and one of the first enclosed malls in Canada, it is 342,500 square feet in area. In 1921 the site was still a rural area on the fringe of the city of Toronto when the Danforth streetcar was extended to a new loop at Luttrell Avenue, just west of Victoria Park Avenue; this led to rapid development of the area. Most notably a Ford Motor Company assembly plant was built covering the large site at the southwest corner of Danforth and Victoria Park; the old factory building is now the main building of the mall. The plant was the Canadian site of Ford production of the Model T and Model A, it remained Ford's primary Canadian facility until 1953 when Ford decided to construct the new Oakville Assembly Plant. It became the first Canadian plant of Nash Motors making cars such as the Nash Rambler and the Nash Canadian Statesman.
In 1954 Nash merged with Hudson Motor Car Company to create American Motors and soon after the Danforth assembly plant was closed. AMC moved its assembly operations to a new plant in Peel Village Development's Peel Village in Brampton, the Danforth factory was sold to Peel Village parent company Elder Mines & Developments Ltd, who planned to redevelop it into a shopping centre. In 1962 it was redeveloped into a mall, built to serve the growing population of East York and Scarborough. Developer Elder Mines would go on to build a named Shoppers World Brampton mall a few years later, it was an early Canadian example of what would soon become ubiquitous, the enclosed and air conditioned, suburban shopping mall. When it opened it advertised itself as "the world's largest all electrically heated and air conditioned mall" The anchor tenant was Eaton's, marking only the second time Eaton's had opened a store outside of a downtown area. Another original tenant was a branch of Murray Koffler's drug store.
The stores had all been called Koffler's Drugs, but the new store adopted the name of the mall as Shoppers Drug Mart. Finding the name a great success, Koffler soon applied it to the entire chain; the facility covered 300,000 square feet and was the primary shopping mall for the entire eastern Greater Toronto Area until supplanted a decade by Scarborough Town Centre, which opened in 1973. The Eaton's store was converted to a Zellers in the early 1990s. Target purchased most Zellers leaseholds in 2012, reopened it as a Target store in 2013. Target left in early 2015, the store was purchased by Lowe's Canada during Target's bankruptcy liquidation; the new Lowe's location opened to the public in June 2016. Metro 53,008 square feet Staples 25,500 square feet
Scarborough Town Centre
The Scarborough Town Centre is a shopping mall in Toronto, Canada. Central to the Scarborough City Centre in the former city of Scarborough, it is adjacent to the Scarborough Centre station and Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal, it was constructed by Oxford Properties and opened in 1973 to become the sixth largest shopping mall in Canada, fourth largest in Ontario and third in Toronto by retail space. The mall is located on the north side of Albert Campbell Square, across from the Scarborough Civic Centre; the mall is served by Highway 401 and can be reached through a turnaround ramp on McCowan Road, Progress Avenue, Brimley Road. The TTC's Line 3 Scarborough has a station adjacent to the mall, Scarborough Centre, opened in 1985 with service running southwest to Kennedy station on the Bloor–Danforth line and east to McCowan Station. Scarborough Town Centre includes Hudson's Bay and Cineplex Cinemas as its anchors, it has more than 121,000 m2 and about 250 plus stores, making it the fourth-largest shopping centre in Greater Toronto, after Square One Shopping Centre, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto Eaton Centre.
Scarborough Town Centre is Toronto's east end. In addition to the RT, Scarborough Town Centre is a busy terminal for a number of TTC bus routes, as well as GO Transit; the mall itself and most of the land surrounding it are owned by OMERS pension fund under their Oxford Properties division. In 2006, ten prominent members of Scarborough's community were inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame, this was the first annual ceremony; the stars of the Walk of Fame are located behind the main atrium, in front of H&M. Formerly, they were located on a walkway between the food courts of the mall, on the upper level; the first inductees were burn-unit founder Dr. Lloyd N. Carlsen, educator Dr. R. H. King, NBA player Jamaal Magloire, pulmonary scientist Dr. Charles C. Macklin, artist Doris McCarthy, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and former television personality, The Honourable David Onley, Olympic hockey player Vicky Sunohara, pioneer David Thomson, hip-hop artist Wes Williams, geriatric care entrepreneur Dr. Joseph Yu Kai Wong.
The mall was constructed in 1972 and was opened on May 2, 1973. At that time it included Simpson's and Eaton's. Miracle Food Mart, a supermarket was located in the mall. Scarborough Town Centre opened with 130 stores adjacent to the borough's administration buildings, it provided a central landmark in an otherwise newer suburban area of Toronto. Y-shaped, with its stem towards the Civic Centre, a second phase of construction added the northern department store and two wings; the construction added 22,000 m2 of retail space, was opened on August 8, 1979. In 1998-1999, the mall was expanded once again to allow retail space; the mall's latest renovation in 2010, branded "Lighten Up," gave retailers such as Victoria's Secret interests in retail space. Victoria's Secret have opened one of Canada's first Pink stores in the former Disney Store in July 2010. Other major retailers, Forever 21 and Aritzia, have replaced Birk's; the mall has the largest Zara store in the east GTA at 2,200 m2. On August 4, 2016, the new food court opened below the existing food court and was branded as TASTE MRKT.
The upper level of the food court is now closed and has reopened as a mall space with unique dining atmosphere for shoppers by offering more upscale, interior-patio style seating underneath the existing skylight. The Sears store closed in late 2017 as part of the liquidation of Sears Canadian operations; the Sears store is expected to be redeveloped by the mall in the future, though they have not yet said what is planned. The 1st floor has been remodeled into Urban Behavior. In 2018, the mall opened a Muji store near the Centre Court; the store is the 5th in the GTA. A Miniso opened outside of Walmart, in the former Roots Canada, which has relocated next to Aritzia. List of shopping malls in Canada List of shopping malls in Toronto List of largest enclosed shopping malls in Canada Oxford Properties Group
Erin Mills Town Centre
Erin Mills Town Centre is a shopping mall located in Erin Mills, Ontario, Canada, at the corner of Erin Mills Parkway and Eglinton Avenue West. It is the second largest mall in Mississauga, after Square One; the mall can be accessed from the 401, 403, 407 series highways. Erin Mills Town Centre Bus Terminal is located directly in front of the main entrance of the mall. Erin Mills Town Centre was built on a land, accumulated by E. P. Taylor's "Don Mills Developments" in 1954; the mall opened in 1989 and was owned and managed by Cadillac Fairview until it was purchased by the Ontario Pension Board in 2010 for $370 million. Excavation for the mall was started in 1987, completed in 1989. There was a large clock tower at the centre of the mall, though this was replaced with a glass sphere during the $100 million redevelopment. A Cineplex Odeon movie theatre was closed in 2000 and was replaced by Old Navy and Sport Chek stores. In addition, there was a daycare, converted to retail space in 2005; the mall had a mini-golf course located in the centre court, but it was converted into an upscale café.
In 2008, a plaza outside the mall, but on the mall grounds was built. The plaza consisted of Indigo Books, LCBO, more. There was an older plaza located on mall grounds which consisted of Dollarama, Home Sense, a salon. In July 2013, a $100 million redevelopment was announced which would include the replacement of the centre court clock tower with "an outstanding and iconic glass sphere 283 feet in circumference" that would open up sightlines and increase the amount of natural light; the removal of the clock tower allowed for a true centre court and glistening infinity fountain to be installed. The centre court is now considered the ultimate place to greet by the community and beyond; the centre court is used to host events and activities for visitors to enjoy, as well as a spectacular Christmas tree and Santa village during the holidays. This renovation would be the first major renovation since mall opening in 1989. Other renovations would include elevating the skylights and replacing them with modern clerestory windows, new LED lighting, new European limestone flooring and a new main entrance.
The food court was completed in Spring 2015 and was redesigned and expanded. It featured large windows. Many stores, including Shoppers Drug Mart, were renovated for a modern look, matching the redevelopment; the construction developer was Broccolini Construction Inc. and mandated by 20Vic Management, renovating 800,000 square feet and adding an extra 25,000 square feet of expansion through the food court and other shopping areas. Erin Mills Town Centre remained open throughout the redevelopment, but opened at 8:00 AM every weekday. Erin Mills Town Centre has not had many incidents since opening in 1989, but the mall did have a few incidents and they include: A 2012 robbery at Erin Mills Town Centre was the first crime to occur at the mall. It happened shortly after 8 p.m. on October 2012 at the Peoples Jewellers store at the mall. The robbers managed to take an undisclosed amount of money, jewellery. There were no injuries. On June 11, 2014, during the $100 million mall renovation, there was an incident.
Shortly after 11 p.m. a roof truss collapsed, causing other beams to fall, one falling on the worker, pinning him under a steel beam. The worker was airlifted from Credit Valley Hospital, by Ornge air ambulance to a nearby trauma centre in Toronto. Erin Mills Town Centre has been used as a filming location for several films, including Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media and the Angry Inch, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen starring Lindsay Lohan; the now-closed Erin Mills Cineplex Odeon theatre was used as a set for the film Dirty Work. Erin Mills Town Centre has served as the scene for the Canadian game show Instant Cash. List of largest shopping malls in Canada Official website Media related to Erin Mills Town Centre at Wikimedia Commons
Hudson's Bay (retailer)
Hudson's Bay is a chain of 90 department stores that operate in Canada and the Netherlands. It is the main brand of the North America's oldest company, it has its headquarters in the Simpson Tower in Toronto. In French, the chain is known as la Baie d'Hudson, short for "Compagnie de la Baie d'Hudson"; the chain uses both the French versions of the name in some parts of Canada. The stores are full-line department stores, with a focus on high-end fashion apparel and home goods. Flagship downtown stores are located in Canada's largest cities, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg being multi-storey, historic buildings, they carry selection of goods than regular Hudson's Bay stores. The largest of the flagship stores is the Toronto store on Queen Street, at about 93,000 square metres. Toronto has another smaller store along the Mink Mile at Bloor Street East and Yonge Street in the Hudson's Bay Centre; the origin of the Hudson's Bay Company's department store format can be traced to 1881, when the company opened its first department store in Winnipeg, under its proper name "Hudson's Bay Company".
From 1881 up until 1960, all "Hudson's Bay Company" stores were located in Western Canada and the Canadian Arctic. In 1960, the HBC acquired Morgan's, a Montreal department chain with stores in Ontario and the island of Montreal; that same year, all the Morgan's stores in Ontario were converted to the "Hudson's Bay Company" brand. In 1965, the "Hudson's Bay Company" branded stores were renamed as "The Bay", its stores in Quebec maintained the Morgan's name until 1972, when they were re-branded as "La Baie". That same year, Hudson's Bay purchased Ottawa's Freimans department store and moved from the former Morgan's building on Sparks Street to the Freiman building on Rideau Street, closer to competing Ogilvy's and Caplan's; the Bay further expanded its presence between 1989 and 1991 in Eastern Canada by absorbing the Simpsons department store chain, 1993 in Western Canada by taking over many former Woodward's outlets. The Toronto Queen Street flagship store was a Simpsons department store. In 1991, Hudson's Bay Company stopped selling fur.
In 1997 the company reopened its fur salons, including a wider assortment of high-end designer furs. Fur salons included many exclusive fur designers, including Louis Féraud, Black Diamond Mink, Grosvenor. On 16 July 2008, it was announced that Hudson's Bay Company had been purchased by the US firm NRDC Equity Partners, which owned Lord & Taylor and Fortunoff. In August 2008, Bonnie Brooks was hired as president and chief executive officer of the Hudson's Bay Company; as the result of market research, Brooks began to focus on bolstering high-end fashion as a growth segment. These moves included a major revamp of the chain's selection of labels, a renovation and relaunch of The Room—a luxury women's department at the Queen Street location. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, a heritage-oriented campaign was used to promote The Bay and an accompanying line of Olympic-themed apparel, considered to be a significant success. In 2010, the Queen Street location saw a 22% increase in year-over-year sales.
In 2011, The Bay launched White Space—a new younger-skewing "contemporary" department—at selected locations. During its initial public offering in October 2012, HBC announced that it would be re-branding The Bay's stores under the name "Hudson's Bay", marking the chain's first major re-branding since 1965; the new brand, designed by the New York City-based advertising agency Lipman, was introduced in March 2013. Reflecting on the company's heritage, the chain's new logo incorporates an updated rendition of the Hudson's Bay Company coat of arms. HBC did not provide a timeline for the conversion of the exterior signage to the new name on all of its stores; the Room is a luxury boutique found in selected Hudson's Bay locations, which features a curated selection of women's apparel from upscale brands such as Balmain, Emmanuel Ungaro, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani and others. Nicholas Mellamphy is the buying director of The Room, its namesake at the Yonge & Queen location in Toronto was established in the 1930's as the St. Regis Room, dating back to its time as a Simpsons store.
It underwent a major renovation in 2009 by the design firm Yabu Pushelberg, with an increase to 2,000 square metres in floor space, expanding its stock from around 12 brands to 70. The $5.3 million renovation was positioned by Brooks as part of a plan to increase The Bay's focus on high-end fashion. The Room opened at the downtown Vancouver location in 2011, in the north-east section of the second floor; the 2,100 square metres department includes many of the designers available in the Toronto Queen Street flagship store, some not available in the flagship store, including DSquared², Jeremy Liang, Sid Neigum. The Room opened in the Downtown Montreal Hudson's Bay store in late 2013; the Toronto version of The Room was relocated to a different part of the store in 2015 to accommodate a new Saks Fifth Avenue location. The West End Shop is the Men's version of The Room; the Toronto Queen Street and the Vancouver Granville West End Shops underwent an extensive renovation. The current collection contains la
College Park (Toronto)
College Park is a shopping mall and office complex on the southwest corner of Yonge Street and College Street in Toronto, Canada. An Art Deco landmark, the building was built between 1928 and 1930 by the Eaton's department store, was designed by Ross and Macdonald, the Montreal architectural firm that designed the Royal York Hotel and Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the Château Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, the Montreal Eaton's store. Eaton's began secretly assembling land at College Streets in 1910 for a new store; the First World War put the plans on hold. During the 1920s, plans were made to shift all Eaton's operations from their existing location at Yonge Street and Queen Street West to the College Street site. Eaton's offered to sell part of its landholdings to its main competitor, Simpson's, in an effort to shift the heart of Toronto retailing northward and to preserve the synergy created by having two retail giants next to one another; the effort was unsuccessful, Simpson's chose instead to expand its Queen Street store.
In 1928, Eaton's announced plans for the largest retail and office complex in the world to be constructed on the site, featuring 5,000,000 square feet of retail space and a 38-storey 1920s era skyscraper. Just as the war had intervened a decade earlier, the Great Depression curtailed the grandiose plans for the site; the first phase of the project, a department store of 600,000 square feet, was the only part of the complex, built. Foundation pillars, 10 feet in diameter, were driven 30 feet down into bedrock during the construction of the first phase to accommodate the tower. On October 30, 1930, the new store was opened by Lady Eaton, the matriarch of the Eaton family, her son John David Eaton, the future president of the company. Though the rest of the complex was never constructed, the new store was nonetheless a true retail palace, the likes of which had never been seen in Toronto, was a testament to the retail dominance of the Eaton's chain at that time. Tyndall limestone was used for the imposing exterior.
Accentuating the Tyndall limestone was granite and a corrosion-resistant alloy of nickel and copper called monel metal. The monel metal was used copiously on the building as trim and in panels along the window and door frames. In addition to this metal trim, cast stone and carvings acted as detailed decorative elements on the façade. Marble was imported from Europe for the interior columns and colonnade. Lady Eaton arranged for two entire rooms to be removed from two manor houses in England and reassembled in the furniture department of the College Street store; the French architect Jacques Carlu, was retained to design the interior of the Eaton's Seventh Floor, including the 1300-seat Eaton Auditorium and the elegant Round Room restaurant. Itself an Art Moderne masterpiece, the Eaton's Seventh Floor was at the heart of Toronto's cultural life for many years; the Auditorium played host to the major performers of its day, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, the National Ballet of Canada.
Canada's own Glenn Gould, fond of the Auditorium's excellent acoustics, used the hall for a number of his recordings. Classified as a stripped classical art deco style, Eaton's College Street emphasized symmetry in the plan and rhythm in the arrangement of the fenestration and pilasters. A distinct repetitive pattern can be distinguished with the windows and pilasters as well as with the arrangement of large entrances. There are three small windows on the upper levels between each pilaster, three large shop windows between each entrance; the original Eaton's College Street was designed with large shop windows on the floor level to attract window shoppers and pedestrians. The floor level highlights another classical art deco characteristic of having a large distinctive base. Aside from the oversized windows, on Eaton's College Street, the base was made more prominent through the use of the granite and stone carvings framing it. On higher levels however, the fenestration became long vertical strips separated by large pilasters which highlighted the verticality of the structure as opposed to its mass.
The pilasters of the upper levels have fluting and capitals of ionic composition and support a rather large entablature. Art Deco architecture, well known for its geometric patterns and ornamentation is demonstrated in the detailed entablature, with a sculpted architrave, dentils on the cornice, a monel metal trim along the top. Along the frieze are round ornamental metal pieces placed in a rhythmic order between the pilasters; each entrance is flanked by a protruding cast stone frame decorated with sculpted square shapes and bordered by a spiral ribbon-shaped cast stone. The monel metal trim on the window frames represents the art deco style of having natural shapes such as flowers or sunbursts, as influenced from the Egyptian and Mayan styles; as can be observed, the trim is indeed a natural organic shape. However these features are only present on the Yonge College Street frontage; the back of the building, facing the park, while still maintaining a rather symmetrical and repetitive fenestration pattern, is sparse on decoration and entrances have been kept rather nondescript.
The focus of Eaton's College Street, as the store was known, was on furnishings and housewares, although the latter were broadly defined. In
Dufferin Mall is a shopping mall in Toronto, Canada. It is located on the west side of Dufferin Street, south of the intersection of Bloor Street West, in the Brockton Village neighbourhood, it was built in the 1950s on the site of a former race track. Dufferin Mall is a 567,000-square-foot district shopping centre, it has over 120 shops and services including two department stores, some big box stores and numerous clothing chains. The mall has a restaurant; the centre has a three-level parking lot. The location had been occupied by the Dufferin Park Racetrack, a horse race track which operated from 1907 until 1955; the Jockey Club of Canada sold the site for development. The Dufferin Plaza Shopping Centre was a shopping plaza established in 1956; the shopping plaza was renamed Dufferin Mall in the 1970s. Mall website Primaris REIT Mall mobile app demo
Bayview Village Shopping Centre
Bayview Village Shopping Centre is a shopping mall in the North York area of Toronto, Canada, containing over 110 stores. The 440,000-square-foot shopping mall is located at the northeast corner of Bayview Avenue and Sheppard Avenue in the community of Willowdale, the neighbourhood of Bayview Village; the anchor stores are Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart and LCBO. Bayview Village was built in the 1960s as an open-air mall, it was one of the numerous post-World War II small neighbourhood community malls that were built in the inner suburbs of Toronto where residential neighbourhoods were growing. All of these community plazas were strip malls with two anchors. By the 1990s, shopping trends changed to power centres anchored by big-box stores, many of these community malls, such as Honeydale Mall in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, declined during this time. However, Bayview Village Mall stayed competitive as its owners overhauled the property to keep up with current trends. To distinguish itself from larger shopping centres, the owners of Bayview Village gentrified and sought out high-end independent boutiques not available in larger malls.
Bayview Village Mall was the host of the first GAP store in Canada. Bayview Village Mall is located in the affluent neighbourhood of Bayview Village where significant transit-oriented condominium development has enabled it to thrive despite being close to the larger Fairview Mall. Since its redevelopment in 1998, the tenants of the mall have become more exclusive and aimed at the more affluent shoppers from the nearby areas of Bayview Village, York Mills, the Bridle Path, Lawrence Park, it contains the "only North American outpost" of a number of high-end fashion designers, as well as outlets for luxury American designers such as Brooks Brothers and a branch of the expensive Toronto grocery store Pusateri's. The target customer for the Bayview Village Shopping Centre is female, over 30 years old, with an annual household income of over CA$100,000. In 2013, the mall was conditionally sold for CA$500 million to a British Columbian property company; this was the biggest single property sale of 2013.
Long time anchor store Kmart closed in 1998. The store was demolished and the location redeveloped to house a Chapters and a large LCBO store as well as additional mall space. In 2018, Chapters left the space vacant afterwards; as a result of changes proposed by the owner to develop the site, the LCBO store will be moving into the former Chapters location in 2019. In August 2017, the owners proposed a major development of the site to add three residential towers on retail podiums as well as some additional low rise townhouse development and additional retail shops; the towers will be located on the existing surface parking area and additional underground parking is planned. The proposal has been revised following community input to include more parkland, it is being considered by the city planning department. Bayview Village Shopping Centre