Markville Shopping Centre

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CF Markville
MarkvilleShoppingCentre.jpg
Markville Shopping Centre entrance in 2008. Promotions for the Sony Store and HMV, which have since closed, are on the top while Shoppers Drug Mart and La Vie en Rose are on the bottom.
Location Markham, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°52′08″N 79°17′17″W / 43.869°N 79.288°W / 43.869; -79.288Coordinates: 43°52′08″N 79°17′17″W / 43.869°N 79.288°W / 43.869; -79.288
Opening date March 17, 1982
Developer JDS Development
Management Cadillac Fairview
Owner Cadillac Fairview
No. of stores and services over 160
No. of anchor tenants 7
Total retail floor area 1,017,199 square feet (94,500.9 m2)
No. of floors 2
Public transit access McCowan Vivastation,
129 McCowan North
Website www.markville.ca

Markville Shopping Centre, also known as Markville Mall and designated CF Markville in the Cadillac Fairview chain of malls, is a shopping mall of over 160 stores in Markham, Ontario, Canada. It is located at Highway 7 East at McCowan Road.

History[edit]

The shopping centre was developed by JDS Development and opened in 1982 and is owned by Cadillac Fairview, the mall was named for its proximity to the historical villages of Markham and Unionville (now both incorporated in the city of Markham). It has a gross leasable area of 1,017,199 square feet (94,500.9 m2).[1] It was the largest shopping mall in York Region until 2004 when Vaughan Mills opened, the mall has undergone renovations since 1982 with the latest by EllisDon in 2011.[2]

Markville was renovated by EllisDon for $110 million from 2011-2013, the renovation included the installation of 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2) of porcelain tile flooring, and 12,000 linear feet of glass handrails. Over 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of commercial space was to be renovated, which would add many brands new to Canada or the Greater Toronto Area. A new food court that would replace the old one was also in the renovation plans, it opened on 23 August 2012 as "Express Eatery" beside the lower level Sears entrance, the former food court which was located next to Best Buy has been remodelled into shop space and two outdoor patio areas. This was the second renovation done at the centre since the 1991 expansion, the renovation was completed in two years, and was finished in the fall of 2013.[3] During this transitional period, the mall's store count was reduced to 160, the last piece of the mall by Toys "R" Us was renovated by mid-2015 to add new tiles and LED lights.

Also concurrently or shortly after the 2011-13 renovation, the mall has gained many high-end retailers, including an Apple Store, Coach, Sporting Life, a Mercedes-Benz Canada showroom, and a Saks Fifth Avenue.[4]

Markville was the former site of several large retailers:

  • Simpsons - closed 1991 and became Sears (see below)
  • Eaton's - closed 1999, now expanded retail space used by Old Navy, Toys 'R Us on the upper floor and Sporting Life on the lower end
  • Woolco - closed 1994 and became Walmart (lower level) and Homesense/Winners (upper level)
  • Sport Chek/Atmopshere - former part of Eaton's, closed 2014 and became Sporting Life
  • Sears - former Simpsons, closed 2015 and became Saks Fifth Avenue on the upper floor and vacant on the lower floor
  • Famous Players - closed in 2000, briefly used by Good Life Fitness and now space used by Best Buy.

Transportation access[edit]

The mall is accessible by York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva, GO Transit, and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

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