Norgate shopping centre
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Norgate was the first shopping mall in Canada. The first covered mall, the Park Royal Shopping Centre, was built a year later in 1950 in West Vancouver. Norgate was built by the developer Maxwell Cummings. It is believed that the mall was financed and owned by the Lupovich family of Montreal. The late Moe and Sam Lupovich were successful owners of the Ideal Dress Company in Montreal. They were leaders in Canada's garment industry. The mall continues to be owned by the family to this day.
The Shopping Centre
The shopping centre is L-shaped, fronting the street at the bottom of the L and its related short-side. The back and front of the L open onto parking lots. The mall was designed by architect Max Kalman.
Norgate is located between Décarie Boulevard and Saint-Gemain Street as well as between rue Rochon and Chemin de la Côte-Vertu. The bottom of the L coincides with Rochon, the short side of the bottom and the long leg of the L correspond with Décarie. The long part of the L sits in the middle of the parking lot, with loading docks along the back, and parking spaces all around, running parallel to Decarie. De la Côte-Vertu Boulevard
Across Décarie Boulevard from Norgate lies the Côte-Vertu Metro station and the Terminus Côte-Vertu Nord. Nearby are CEGEP Vanier College, the Saint-Laurent CLSC, and CHSLD Saint-Laurent. The mall itself contains the Côte-Vertu Medical Clinic, a dental clinic, an employment agency, an accounting firm, a travel agency, a Provigo, a Royal Bank of Canada branch, a Pharmaprix, a Tim Hortons, a SuperClub Vidéotron, Fredco Shoes (shoes store), convenience store, a laundromat, and a pizza store.
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- Cote Vertu station (The map is dated January 2007 and see reference 2. for current location of bus stops)