Carrefour Laval

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Carrefour Laval
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Location 3003 Le Carrefour
Laval, Quebec
Opening date March 28, 1974
Developer Fairview Corporation
Management Cadillac Fairview
Owner Cadillac Fairview
No. of stores and services 300+
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 115,478 m2 or 1,242,990 sq ft (GLA)
No. of floors 1
Public transit access Terminus Le Carrefour
Website http://www.carrefourlaval.ca/

Carrefour Laval is a super regional mall located in Laval, Quebec, Canada at the intersection of the Laurentian Highway (A-15) and Laval Freeway (A-440). At 115,478 m2 (1,242,990 sq ft), it is the largest enclosed mall in the Montreal area and also Quebec's largest mall operating on one floor.

Carrefour Laval is one of the four fashion centres in the Montreal area that also include Fairview Pointe-Claire, Les Promenades Saint-Bruno and Les Galeries d'Anjou.

Stores[edit]

The mall has 354 stores, boutiques and restaurants. It has five anchor stores; they are: the Bay, Sears, Simons, Rona and Staples.

Various other retailers are represented in the mall.

Since 1 November 2009, Carrefour Laval has required its food court tenants to use solid dinnerware and cutlery, which it provides, instead of the traditional foam food containers found in the vast majority of food courts.[1]

Retail firsts[edit]

Carrefour Laval has a reputation of being a stepping door for many international retail chains looking to gain a foothold either in the province, the country or even North America.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Planning for a new mall (1969-1973)[edit]

Construction of the mall was first announced on 27 February 1969 by Steinberg's and Eaton's. The consortium announced that a 150-store mall would be built on a 20,000,000-square-foot (1,900,000 m2) property next to the Laurentian Highway, subject to the construction of the necessary infrastructure by the newly formed city of Laval.[2]

The project had been delayed after a zoning bylaw proposed by mayor Jacques Tétreault that would effectively have given the Carrefour Laval consortium a monopoly over the development of the proposed downtown core of Laval was challenged by the opposition and by members of his own party, who supported the construction of a second mall in the immediate vicinity by the Oshawa Group.[3] A zoning amendment proposed by opposition councillor Lucien Paiement (later mayor), which allowed the Oshawa Group to build its own mall was adopted. By then, Morgan's and Simpson's had joined the Carrefour Laval consortium.[3] However, Morgan's dropped out, preferring instead to anchor an expansion of the existing Centre Laval,[4] just 2.5 km (1.6 mi) away on the other side of Highway 15.

Timeline[edit]

  • 1974: Carrefour Laval opens with major tenants Simpsons, Eaton's, Dupuis Frères, Pascal's and Beaucoup.[5] The L-shaped Carrefour Laval has 125 stores. Eaton's and Beaucoup anchor the ends of the mall and Simpsons is at the junction.
  • 1978: Dupuis Frères closes. Wise arrives in the mall.
  • 1981: Simpsons becomes "Simpson", in a symbolic move across Quebec to hide its Anglicized "s".
  • 1983: The mall expands to the west with 100 new stores, a food court and a Sears department store.
  • 1984: The Beaucoup concept is abandoned. Steinberg's and Miracle Mart now have their separate anchor spaces, although they remain side by side.
  • 1986: Miracle Mart's name is shortened to M. A standalone Cineplex Odeon arrives in the mall's parking lot.
  • 1989: Simpsons store converted to the Bay.
  • 1991: Pascal's closes.
  • 1992: Steinberg's and M close.
  • 1994: Rona opens up on what used to be the anchor spaces of Steinberg's and M. The first "Rona L'entrepôt" hardware store ever.
  • 1995: Wise closes.
  • 1996: Les Ailes de la Mode and Staples become new tenants of Carrefour Laval; they both occupy the space of the old Pascal's store.
  • 1999: Eaton's closes
  • 2001: Cineplex Odeon closes.
  • 2002: Carrefour Laval expands with 78 new stores and anchor Simons. Part of this expansion took place on the former spots of the Eaton's store and the Cineplex Odeon movie theater which had both been demolished. The new section of the mall is characterized by its higher roof.
  • 2008: A newer, expanded food court and redesign of the flooring and ceilings is underway and scheduled to be completed in two phases by 2009.[6]
A shish taouk platter from Zouki's at the Carrefour Laval food court, served in the mall's custom-made dinnerware.
  • 2009: The new food court opens with 22 fast-food outlets, 1200 seats, and an upscale restaurant, Table 51.
  • 2011: Les Ailes de la Mode closes.
  • 2012: Crate & Barrel and Victoria's Secret open, the former in part of Les Ailes de la Mode's past location. The rest is split between The Keg and P.F. Chang's. Also, Forever 21 opens, using the second floor of the former Dupuis store, which had remained vacant since the latter's closing.

Transit centre[edit]

An AMT bus terminal is located across boulevard le Carrefour from the Carrefour Laval. From it the STL offers frequent bus service to and from Montmorency metro station, the terminus of the orange line of the Montreal Metro.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CARREFOUR LAVAL REINVENTS THE SHOPPING CENTER FOOD EXPERIENCE WITH ITS NEW DINING TERRACE" 4 November 2009
  2. ^ "Super shopping centre planned". The Gazette (Montreal). 28 February 1969. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  3. ^ a b Pierre Richard (20 December 1971). "Une bataille entre 2 géants déchire le Conseil de Laval". Le Devoir (in French) (Montreal). p. 1. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Morgan's plans to build 110,000 square foot store". The Gazette (Montreal). 25 May 1971. p. 34. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  5. ^ Beaucoup Steinberg was a hypermarket that consisted of a Steinberg's supermarket, a Miracle Mart department store, a Le Quick restaurant and a Pik-Nik restaurant all under the same roof.
  6. ^ Cadillac Fairview announces a $52M investment to revitalize Carrefour Laval and its food court

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°34′12″N 73°45′04″W / 45.57°N 73.751°W / 45.57; -73.751