Sherway Gardens

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Sherway Gardens
Sherway Gardens Mall (37524912122).jpg
Northeast entrance to Sherway Gardens
Location25 The West Mall
Toronto, Ontario
M9C 1B8
Coordinates43°36′42.62″N 79°33′25.55″W / 43.6118389°N 79.5570972°W / 43.6118389; -79.5570972Coordinates: 43°36′42.62″N 79°33′25.55″W / 43.6118389°N 79.5570972°W / 43.6118389; -79.5570972
Opening date1971[1]
DeveloperThe Rouse Corporation
ManagementCadillac Fairview
OwnerThe Ontario Teachers Pension Plan
No. of stores and services215[1]
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area1,182,000 square ft[2]
No. of floors2 (3 floors for anchor stores like The Bay, Saks, and Sport Chek)
Parking6,000
Websitewww.sherwaygardens.ca

Sherway Gardens (corporately known as CF Sherway Gardens)[3] is a large retail shopping mall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The mall is located several kilometres west of downtown Toronto in the former city of Etobicoke, near the interchange of Highway 427 with the Queen Elizabeth Way and Gardiner Expressway.

Opened in 1971, the mall originally covered 850,000 square feet (79,000 m2) in an S-shaped configuration and contained 127 stores, it was expanded in 1975, 1987, 1989, 2015, and 2017. Sherway is now 1,182,000 square feet (109,800 m2), has 215 stores, is the eighth largest mall in the Greater Toronto Area [1], and is the 18th largest mall in Canada; as the mall has grown, it has changed its mix of stores from a general mix of stores to add more fashion-conscious and luxury brand stores.[4]

History[edit]

Sherway Gardens, a CA$21.5 million project, was revealed to the public by Sherway Gardens Limited on February 24, 1971.[1] The mall was laid out in an “S” shape design.[1] Community events and promotional activities took place at the centre of the mall in the central court with its 31 feet (9.4 m) high skylight.[1] Like other shopping centres, Sherway Gardens contains fountains, indoor greenery, benches and couches for the enjoyment of shoppers.[1] Unlike the designs of other malls, such as the Toronto Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens was built with “intimate low ceilings”.[1]

In 1975, to accommodate for 75 new retail spaces, the "S" layout was altered to resemble a figure eight.[1] A few years later, in 1987, Holt Renfrew (one of Sherway Gardens anchor retailers) was moved to a newly built wing on the north side of the mall[1] The expansion allowed for 20 additional stores and was later referred to as the “fashion wing”, as it housed clothing stores.[1]

In 1989, the mall continued to expand leading to the construction of a new south wing;[1] the new south wing has a large 'tent-like' roof structure on its upper level.[1] The million-dollar canopy, designed by Zeidler Roberts Partnership Architects, won the Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Merit.[1] In 2000, the Cadillac Fairview Corporation bought Sherway Gardens.[1] Eaton's went bankrupt in 1999 and the mall space was taken over by Sears Canada.

Renovations at Sherway Gardens in 2014. The mall underwent renovations from 2013 to 2017.

In 2013, Cadillac Fairview announced a $335 million renovation and expansion that added 210,000 square feet to the existing 988,000 square foot mall; the project took over three and a half years and added new department store anchors like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.[5] This added retail space for 50 stores, a food court with a capacity of over 1,000 patrons, and a parking structure for 1,200 vehicles;[2] the expansion used limestone obtained from the same quarry that was used in the mall's initial construction.[2] Sears Canada vacated its space in 2014, which was subsequently occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue (announced on January 27, 2014), Sport Chek and Atmosphere.[6] On September 22, 2015, the 210,000 square feet (20,000 m2) north expansion was opened, including relocated spaces for Holt Renfrew (33,670 square foot) and Sporting Life (42,0000-square-foot).[2] In 2016, Holt Renfrew closed its store just a year after being relocated within Sherway Gardens, in favor of a much larger 130,000+ square foot space at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, as party of the chain's changing strategy to operate stores in excess of 120,000 square feet to keep pace with Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue;[7] the former Sporting Life store and the old food court were demolished to make way for Nordstrom, which opened its store on September 15, 2017.[8]

Retailers[edit]

Exterior entrance to Saks Fifth Avenue (left), the second largest retailer at Sherway Gardens.

The mall's largest anchor is Hudson's Bay, at 223,447 square feet (20,758.9 m2). The next largest are Saks Fifth Avenue at 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) (occupying a portion of the previous site that housed Eaton's and then Sears Canada), and then Nordstrom at 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2); the mall has a seasonal farmers' market, located in the north parking lot, every Friday 8am-2pm.[9]

In media[edit]

Parts of the movies Mean Girls and The Sentinel (2006) were filmed in Sherway Gardens.[10] In Mean Girls, Sherway Gardens stood in as Westfield Old Orchard (in the film mentioned as Old Orchard Mall), a large shopping centre in suburban Chicago where the film takes place.

Transportation access[edit]

Sherway is accessible by private automobile and local transit. Major roads in the area serving the mall include the Queen Elizabeth Way/Gardiner Expressway, The Queensway and Highway 427; the mall is surrounded by large surface parking lots. is a ring road surrounding the mall. The Toronto Transit Commission and MiWay bus routes connect at special bus platforms located on either side of Sherway Gardens Road, southwest of the mall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Our History". Sherway Gardens. Cadillac Fairview. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Kopun, Francine. "Expanded Sherway Gardens opens doors Tuesday". Toronto Star.
  3. ^ "Cadillac Fairview to rename Eaton Centre, other Canadian shopping centres". CP24. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mall Wars: Yorkdale vs. Sherway: Inside the big-bucks battle for our disposable income". Toronto Life. November 25, 2013
  5. ^ "Mall Wars: Yorkdale vs. Sherway: Inside the big-bucks battle for our disposable income". Toronto Life. November 25, 2013
  6. ^ Kopun, Francine (January 27, 2014). "Eaton Centre to expand for Saks Fifth Avenue flagship and include the Bay". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  7. ^ https://www.retail-insider.com/retail-insider/2016/2/holts-sherway
  8. ^ [1] PR Newswire (September 15, 2017). Retrieved on December 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "2012 FARMERS' MARKET". Sherway Gardens. Cadillac Fairview. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  10. ^ "Media Centre". Sherway Gardens. Cadillac Fairview. Retrieved August 14, 2012.

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