Fairview Mall

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This article is about the shopping centre in Toronto. For the mall in Kitchener, see Fairview Park Mall. For the mall in Pointe-Claire, see Fairview Pointe-Claire.

Coordinates: 43°46′40″N 79°20′40″W / 43.77778°N 79.34444°W / 43.77778; -79.34444

Fairview Mall
Fairview Mall Entrance 4.jpg
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Opening date 1970
Developer Fairview Corp. of Canada Ltd
Management Cadillac Fairview
Owner Cadillac Fairview & Ivanhoe Cambridge
No. of stores and services 170
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 881,287 ft² (81,874 m²)
No. of floors 2 retail levels, plus 1 office and cinema level
Public transit access Don Mills subway station
Website http://www.fairviewmall.ca

Fairview Mall is a major shopping centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada of about 80,000 m² (900,000 ft2). Opened in 1970, the centre has over 170 stores and services, including The Bay, Sears Canada, offices and a cinema complex. It is located several kilometres north-east of downtown, at the northeast corner of Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue East in the former borough of North York.

History[edit]

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Location in Toronto

Fairview Mall was built in 1970 with The Bay and Simpson's as its department store anchors, and at the time was the fourth fully enclosed, as well as the first multi-level shopping centre in Metropolitan Toronto. In 1978 the Hudson's Bay Company (parent company of The Bay) purchased the Simpson's retail chain, and subsequently sold its Simpson's store at Fairview Mall to Sears Canada in 1991 (along with five others that were co-located with Bay stores). Sears Canada then converted Fairview's Simpson's into a Sears retail store.

Fairview Mall, bounded at the east by Highway 404 and to the south by Sheppard Avenue East.

Redevelopments[edit]

From 1987 to 1989 the Cadillac Fairview Corporation and previous co-owner Markborough Properties Ltd spent CAD$90M to provide Fairview Mall's first major expansion. Renovations at that time included a glass-tiered ceiling, similar to Toronto's Eaton Centre, which opened much of its interior to natural lighting.[1]

In late 2008 Fairview Mall completed a CAD$90 million (previously planned as $84 million) three-phase full renovation and redevelopment project which had been started in July 2006. The redevelopment phases included an expanded Shoppers Drug Mart and a large format Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store. The food court was moved to the lower level under a 60-foot (18 m) high skylight near The Bay. All entrances to the mall were updated to incorporate hands-free technology and the common areas inside the centre were transformed with greater open spaces and wood finishes. Elevators serving the third floor offices were added for the first time, located near entrance #4. The front facade along Sheppard Avenue was also received a complete facelift by Fall 2009, including Fairview Mall's new "dining experience" area.

In 2009, new stores such as Sephora, Hollister, Zara, Forever 21, and Bath & Body Works opened within the centre. The Rainbow Cinema was replaced by a new Cineplex SilverCity theatre.[2] The Rainbow Cinema had originally been an older style Cineplex theatre.

As of 2009, it was jointly owned by Cadillac Fairview (50%) and Ivanhoe Cambridge (50%), two of Canada's largest real estate property managers and developers. Cadillac Fairview Corporation also owns and operates Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener, Ontario, and co-owns Fairview Pointe-Claire (Centre Fairview Centre) with Ivanhoe Cambridge, in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

Retailers[edit]

Lego store in Fairview Mall

Stores include (by size): The Bay, Sears Canada, Laura, Shopper's Drug Mart, Forever 21, Canada's first H&M retail location, Urban Planet, Sephora, Zara, Guess, Aritzia and Pandora. The shopping centre also provides a personal style program that offers clients individual image consultations, personal shopping sessions, and other customized services for a fee. [3]

Anchors and major stores[edit]

Fairview Mall inside view, after 2005-present
  • The Bay 152,420 sq ft (14,160 m2)
  • Sears 149,552 sq ft (13,893.8 m2)
  • H & M 17,186 sq ft (1,596.6 m2)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart 11,950 sq ft (1,110 m2)
  • Laura 13,173 sq ft (1,223.8 m2) in total, including: Laura Petites -5,439 sq ft (505.3 m2), Laura -3,971 sq ft (368.9 m2) and Laura Plus -3,763 sq ft (349.6 m2)

Renovations and store changes[edit]

Recent renovations include better seating arrangements throughout the mall and an upgraded food court. The theatre located in the first level was purchased by Cineplex a few years ago and was changed into a two-floor theatre hall. True Religion Brand Jeans, The Face Shop, Bluenotes and Calender Club have opened in the mall.

Restaurants[edit]

Fairview Mall has a few restaurants connected to the back of the mall: Moxie's Classic Grill, St. Louis Bar & Grill, and Spring Rolls.

Other uses[edit]

The Toronto Public Library's Fairview Public Library branch is located to the north of the mall. There is a community health centre located next to the mall. It includes a pharmacy, various doctors offices and dentist offices, and eye exam clinics.

Transportation access[edit]

Fairview Mall is located near the intersections of two major arteries: Highways 401 and 404. The mall is surrounded on all sides by parking lot and parking garages. Parking is free. The shopping centre is also served by both a Toronto Transit Commission subway line and a York Region bus rapid transit line.

In the early 2000s a major portion of the shopping centre's parking lot was redeveloped into a large bus terminal as part of the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC's) Don Mills subway station (the eastern terminus of Toronto's new Sheppard subway line), and also as the southern terminus of York Region Transit's Viva Green bus rapid transit line. A significant number of the TTC's local and express bus routes deploy from or pass through this terminal station, including express buses from nearby Scarborough.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brennan, Pat, (1986) Fairview Mall to get major expansion, Toronto Star, 27 August 1986, pg.E3 (subscription);
  2. ^ Stores: Closed or Temporarily Relocated Stores, Fairview Mall website, retrieved 2008-06-29;
  3. ^ The New York Times Travel Guide, New York Times online, retrieved 2009-04-14;

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