CrossIron Mills

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CrossIron Mills
CrossIron Mills FC.jpg
Main food court in CrossIron Mills, 2013
Location Rocky View County, near Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 51°12′18″N 113°59′24″W / 51.205°N 113.99°W / 51.205; -113.99
Opening date August 19, 2009
Developer Ivanhoe Cambridge
Management Ivanhoe Cambridge
Owner Ivanhoe Cambridge
No. of stores and services 206
No. of anchor tenants 17
Total retail floor area 109,440 m2 (1,178,000 sq ft)
No. of floors 1
Parking 6,000
Website www.crossironmills.com

CrossIron Mills is a fully enclosed shopping centre development just outside the northern city limits of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and immediately east of the hamlet of Balzac in Rocky View County. It was developed by Ivanhoe Cambridge, a major Canadian real estate company. Completed in August 2009,[1] the mall is the largest single-level shopping centre in Alberta, containing approximately 109,440 m2 (1,178,000 sq ft) of retail and entertainment space. Immediately east of the CrossIron Mills property, the United Horsemen of Alberta (UHA) are planning to open and operate an equine racetrack facility and casino, and in fact the track was originally scheduled to be in operation by 2007, however the UHA is encountering financial issues which have delayed the opening of the facility.[2] The UHA site remains technically under construction as of the fall of 2012.

The first tenant to open in the mall was the first Alberta franchise of Bass Pro Shops, which opened its doors in the spring of 2009, while the rest of the mall was under construction. The majority of the mall opened on August 19, 2009.[3] A final phase referred to as The Entertainment Neighbourhood opened in Summer 2010 featuring a multiplex movie theatre.

CrossIron Mills is a sister mall to Vaughan Mills, a previous Ivanhoe Cambridge development in Vaughan, Ontario, outside Toronto. The Calgary area mall shares several of its major retailers (including Bass Pro Shops), as well as some design features.

Location[edit]

CrossIron Mills is located in Rocky View County, on the southeast corner of the QEII Highway (the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor) and Highway 566.[4]

CrossIron Mills

As of July 2007, when the City of Calgary expanded its boundaries, this places the property just outside the city limits, as well as just outside the hamlet boundaries of Balzac (Highway 566 links to 176th Avenue N.E. in Calgary). The southern city limits of Airdrie are only a few kilometres to the north. When driving north on the QEII, there are two exits that provide access; Exit 273 (CrossIron Drive) and Exit 275 (Highway 566). Exit 275 provides access for southbound traffic as well. A year after the mall opened, Exit 273 was expanded to include an overpass allowing southbound egress from the area (initially, 273 was open to northbound traffic only); it opened on November 12, 2010.

Additional access to the mall via Dwight McLellan Trail, an extension of Calgary's Métis Trail, north from Stoney Trail opened in December 2009. On Oct. 29, 2011 an extension of Métis Trail was completed allowing direct access to the CrossIron Mills area from the Métis Trail/36 Street N.E. corridor, allowing an alternate north/south access to the area to Deerfoot Trail.

At present, there is no transit connection to and from the mall from Calgary or Airdrie. However, there is an employee shuttle bus that stops in two locations in Calgary and one in Airdrie.

Design[edit]

The shopping centre follows the Mills Corporation's premium brand outlet retail format that was popularized in the United States, and imported to Canada in 2004 at Vaughan Mills in Vaughan, Ontario. The concept combines large format anchor stores and premium brand outlets alongside major entertainment components.

The design utilizes a single level "race track" layout to maximize storefront exposure,[5] with up to 17 anchor stores bordering the centre.

Like all Mills shopping centres, this project is divided into several architecturally themed ‘neighbourhoods’, making way-finding easier and providing a more interesting visual experience.

CrossIron Mills is the first new fully enclosed shopping centre to be constructed in Alberta in 20 years. Since the early 1990s, traditional malls have been eschewed in favour of development of big box retail "power centres" (examples in Calgary include Deerfoot Meadows, Crowfoot Towne Centre, and Shawnessy Towne Centre). Despite this trend, virtually all of Calgary's existing enclosed shopping centres have undergone extensive renovation and expansion and, in several cases, reconstruction and rebranding, since the early 1990s.

Reception[edit]

CrossIron Mills opened to large crowds, with approximately 250,000 people visiting the mall in the first five days of the Grand Opening Celebration.[6]

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