Golden Mile, Toronto

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Golden Mile
Neighbourhood
The Golden Mile along Eglinton
The Golden Mile along Eglinton
The industrial areas of the Golden Mile
The industrial areas of the Golden Mile
Coordinates: 43°43′32″N 79°17′50″W / 43.72556°N 79.29722°W / 43.72556; -79.29722
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
Community Scarborough
Changed Municipality 1998 Toronto from Flag of Scarborough, Ontario.svg Scarborough
Government
 • MP Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest)
 • MPP Lorenzo Berardinetti (Scarborough Southwest)
 • Councillor Michelle Berardinetti, Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest & Michael Thompson, Ward 37 Scarborough Centre

The Golden Mile in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a stretch of Eglinton Avenue East that is the site of intensive industrial and commercial development. It was one of Canada's first model industrial parks. The original Golden Mile of Industry ran along Eglinton from Pharmacy Avenue east to Birchmount Road.

The area was farmland prior to World War II with settlement by Scottish immigrants beginning in the 1820s (notably by the likes of the McCowans and Thompsons) and prior to settlements by Europeans in the late 1700s was mostly covered by forests.

Industrial Growth[edit]

In the 1940s 250 acres were acquired by the federal government to build munitions plants for Canada's involvement in World War II. In 1941 General Engineering Company of Ontario (GECO) a massive munitions plant was constructed covering the area northwest of Eglinton and Warden. The facility was located in the area, which was then far from the city, to protect against accidental detonations. At its peak 5,300 people worked at the plant and 256,567,485 munitions were produced over the course of the war.[1] Following the war, the area and 14 buildings was purchased from the federal government by the Township of Scarborough. The township built municipal offices and a library[2] along Eglinton and sold the rest to private industry to develop the area as "The Golden Mile", patterned after the Golden Mile in London, England. In the 1950s and 1960s, numerous factories producing mostly consumer goods operated along the Golden Mile.

Golden Mile Plaza[edit]

Golden Mile Plaza was added west of the industrial "mile" in 1954 and was visited in 1959 [3] by Queen Elizabeth II marking the further transformation of the area into a series of strip malls.

The original strip mall on the north of Eglinton Avenue was anchored by a Famous Players movie theatre located at Pharmacy Avenue and Eglinton. The west section of the strip was severely damaged by a fire in 1986, which hastened the beginning of the transformation of the area into one of Toronto's largest concentrations of power centres and big box stores.

List of tenants at Golden Mile Plaza

  • National Trust
  • Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Loblaws
  • Radio Shack

Revitalization[edit]

Beginning the 1980s and 1990s industry began to disappear along the Golden Mile.

The newer Golden Mile Mall is notably renovating and revamping several aspects of its premise, offering the promise of a fresh face and continuous offering of essential retailers and services for its community. However, earlier in 2008, Fabricland, which is considered a bottom-feeder of strip-malls, also left this location for greener pastures.

Toronto Employment and Social Services, popular retailer Joe Fresh, Fit 4 Less, and a dollar store opened new premises at the Golden Mile Mall in 2010 taking up the space that Zellers and Fabricland had occupied.

Current tenants of Golden Mile Mall

List of businesses on the Golden Mile[edit]

  • Golden Mile Chevrolet 1953-2007 - in 2008 Toyota Canada built a new dealership (Scarborough Toyota moved further west from 2000 Eglinton Avenue East)
  • Frigidaire (GM) plant 1952-1968 - became Delco (GM) plant
  • Delco (GM) plant 1968-1974 became General Motors full size (G) van plant
  • General Motors Canada Van Assembly 1974-1993 - closed - now site of Eglinton Town Centre mall
  • Eglinton Town Centre - mall features Canadian Tire, Cineplex Odeon multi theatre
  • Alcan 1950s to 1990s - manufacturing plant now part of Eglinton Town Centre site
  • Eaton's 1960s to 1980s - later became Sears Outlet during the mid-1980s, 1997 rebuilt as Walmart and became a Lowes in 2009
  • SKF - moved to north Scarborough, site now Visa processing centre
  • Thermos Canada - office moved downtown (370 King Street West) old office torn down and site rebuilt for a new Zellers store in 2009
  • Warner-Lambert - merged with Pfizer and moved to Kirkland Quebec; office building now home to Aviva
  • Rona - old location of Scarborough Toyota
  • Scarborough Toyota - relocated from 2000 to 1897 Eglinton Avenue East
  • Scarborough Nissan
  • Kingscross Hyundai
  • Eglinton Crossing
  • Eglinton Square Shopping Centre
  • Canadian General Electric - former site of John Inglis Company and English Electric Canada later Knob Hill Farms warehouse and later as Walmart store (2007)
  • Bell Canada - shared with Teleglobe Canada 1980s
  • FMC - closed Canadian office; office now a pharmaceutical warehouse
  • Ontario Ministry of Corrections East Detention Centre
  • Scarborough Municipal Offices - demolished
  • Ontario Provincial Courts
  • Donway Ford
  • Mandarin Buffet
  • Fabricland
  • Kelsey's
  • Golden Mile Motors
  • Scarborough Mitsubishi
  • Volkswagen Canada (75 Ashtonbee, 1950s/late 1960s - now Centennial College; moved to 1944 Eglinton 1970s/1990s - now HSBC; and then moved to 777 Bayly Street West, Ajax)
  • Walmart Supercentre
  • Frigdaire Canada
  • John Inglis Company
  • Zellers (closed) - located at Warden & Eglinton (To be a Target In Early 2014)
  • Best Buy
  • Dollar Tree (formerly Reitmans)
  • Dollarama
  • Party City
  • LA Fittness & Al Premium Food Mart (space formerly a Rona)
  • Winners
  • Home Sense
  • Sport Check
  • Target Apperal (in liquidation)
  • Canadian Tire
  • Railee's Diner/Deli

References[edit]

http://www.goldenmileshopping.ca

Coordinates: 43°43′34″N 79°17′17″W / 43.726°N 79.288°W / 43.726; -79.288