List of shopping malls in Toronto

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The following is a list of malls in Toronto, Canada. The first enclosed shopping mall in Toronto was the Toronto Arcade in Downtown Toronto. The first shopping mall of the enclosed, automobile-centred design type was Yorkdale Shopping Centre, opened in 1964. For shopping malls surrounding the city of Toronto, please see the template at the bottom of this article.

Major shopping centres[edit]

These shopping centres each have over a hundred stores and are anchored by multiple department stores. They are also the five largest malls in Toronto. Each provides thousands of automobile parking spaces. With the exception of Sherway Gardens, all of these malls have direct pedestrian connections with the Toronto subway and RT, though Sherway Gardens has bus connections through the Toronto Transit Commission's bus network and MiWay of Mississauga.

Name District Major intersection Subway/RT connection Developer/Operator Retail space
Fairview Mall North York Don Mills RoadSheppard Avenue Don Mills Cadillac Fairview 81,874 m2 (881,280 sq ft)
Scarborough Town Centre Scarborough McCowan RoadHighway 401 Scarborough Centre Oxford Properties 121,467 m2 (1,307,460 sq ft)
Sherway Gardens Etobicoke The QueenswayThe West Mall None Cadillac Fairview 91,045 m2 (980,000 sq ft)
Toronto Eaton Centre Old Toronto Yonge StreetDundas Street
Yonge StreetQueen Street West
Dundas
Queen
Cadillac Fairview 159,979 m2 (1,722,000 sq ft)
Yorkdale Shopping Centre North York Allen RoadHighway 401 Yorkdale Oxford Properties 130,496 m2 (1,404,650 sq ft)

District or neighbourhood shopping centres[edit]

The district or neighbourhood level of shopping centres in Toronto are typically built around one or a few department stores or grocery supermarkets and are enclosed. These shopping centres typically provide a surrounding free parking lot. Most of these are located in the former suburbs of Toronto, where land was available for parking. There are only three shopping malls of this type within Toronto's pre-1998 city limits: Galleria Mall (at Dufferin Street and Dupont Street), Dufferin Mall (on Dufferin Street south of Bloor Street), and Gerrard Square (on Gerrard Street East east of Pape Avenue).

Malls located within major office buildings[edit]

One configuration of shopping mall in Toronto is the self-contained type located within a commercial office building, sometimes around a central atrium. This type typically does not provide a surrounding parking lot. These malls typically house from a dozen to several dozen stores. Most of these are connected to a station of the Toronto subway system. In the case of the Hudson's Bay Centre, the mall connects the department store to the Toronto subway system at Bloor-Yonge station.

PATH underground shopping mall[edit]

In Downtown Toronto, primarily in the Financial District, there are interconnected shopping malls located one flight of stairs underground. The complex as a whole is named 'PATH'. The Toronto Eaton Centre (see above) is connected to the complex. The complex has 1,200 stores, and the PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with 371,600 m2 (4,000,000 sq ft) of retail space.[1]

Open-air shopping plazas[edit]

Open-air shopping plazas are larger collections of stores built with surrounding parking areas, with parking spaces separated from the storefronts by sidewalks. These shopping centres generally serve the local surrounding area and have a large proportion of family-run businesses, some of which are ethnic.

  • Chartwell Plaza (Brimley Road and Huntingwood Drive), Scarborough
  • Dragon Centre (Sheppard Avenue East and Glen Watford Drive), Scarborough
  • Dufferin & Steeles Plaza, North York
  • Dufferin Business Centre (Dufferin Street between Castlefield Avenue and the former York-North York boundary), York
  • Iranian Plaza (Yonge Street between Cummer Avenue and Steeles Avenue), North York
  • Peanut Plaza (Don Mills Road and Van Horne Avenue), North York
  • Sheppard Plaza (Sheppard Avenue West and Bathurst Street), North York
  • Sunnybrook Plaza (Eglinton Avenue East and Bayview Avenue), East York
  • Shops at Don Mills (Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East), North York
  • Tam O'Shanter Plaza (Sheppard Avenue East east of Kennedy Road), Scarborough
  • Victoria Terrace (Victoria Park Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East), North York
  • Whiteshield Plaza (Kennedy Road and Lawrence Avenue East), Scarborough

Power centres[edit]

Power centres mainly consist of major national and international big-box stores with large amounts of parking space separate from the stores themselves and serve a larger area than the open-air shopping plazas do.

Flea markets[edit]

The markets are housed indoors with stalls of independent vendors.

  • Downsview Park Merchant's Market, Downsview Park (Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West), North York
  • Jane Finch Flea Market, 1911 Finch Avenue West (Jane Street and Finch Avenue West), North York
  • Dr. Flea's, Highway 27 and Albion Road, Etobicoke
  • Merchant's Flea Market, 1921 Eglinton Avenue East, (Warden Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East), Scarborough
  • Toronto Weston Flea Market, Old Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West, Old Toronto

Dead malls[edit]

The following are dead malls, i.e., those malls having few tenants and/or awaiting demolition or re-development.

  • Honeydale Mall, Etobicoke
  • Shops on Steeles, 2900 Steeles Avenue East (at Don Mills Avenue)

^† Located in the Thornhill community of Markham, Ontario, but the 1974 Agreement grants Toronto limited planning authority over York Region land that is within 45 metres of Steeles Avenue.[2]

Former shopping malls[edit]

The following shopping malls have been demolished or closed. Some have been replaced by new strip plazas or re-developed for non-retail uses:

  • Golden Mile Plaza (1954–1986) at Eglinton Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue, demolished after 1986 fire and later replaced with a power centre named Golden Mile Mall.
  • Morningside Mall (1979–2002) at Morningside Avenue and Kingston Road, Scarborough; the indoor mall[3] was demolished to make way for outdoor big box plaza called Morningside Crossing[4]
  • Rexdale Plaza (1957–2004), Islington Avenue and Rexdale Boulevard, Etobicoke[5] and enclosed 1972. Most stores closed by 2003 and demolition of south end in 2004 with north end of mall retained (with an Asian supermarket and a few small stores). Since 2004, its south end redeveloped as an outdoor mall with Wal-Mart Supercentre as stand-alone big box store.
  • Warden Woods Mall or Warden Power Centre (1970–2005) at Warden Avenue north of St. Clair Avenue East, Scarborough[6] was a full mall and later as clearance centre. It has since been demolished and replaced with low-density residential development.
  • Weston-Finch Mall (1960s–2006), Weston Road and Finch Avenue West, North York - former strip mall (with Zellers, Canadian Tire and McDonald's as tenants) and later as outlet facility; demolished 2006 and vacant lot[when?] awaiting redevelopment for condos.
  • Westside Mall, Eglinton Avenue West west of Caledonia Road, York - replaced with a power centre of the same name during the early 2000s (with Canadian Tire, Rogers Plus, FreshCo (renamed from Price Chopper), Dollar Tree (formerly occupied by Shoppers Drug Mart) and CIBC as major tenants).
  • Unnamed strip mall on Sheppard Avenue West east of Weston Road - now site of Westown residential development.

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