Sherway Gardens

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Sherway Gardens
Sherway Gardens Entrance 7.jpg
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Opening date 1971[1]
Developer Cadillac Fairview
Management Cadillac Fairview
Owner Cadillac Fairview
No. of stores and services 215[1]
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 972,540 square ft[1]
No. of floors 2 (excluding Sears and The Bay which are three levels)
Parking 6,000
Website Sherway Gardens

Sherway Gardens is a large retail shopping mall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The mall is located several kilometres west of downtown Toronto in the former suburb of Etobicoke. Sherway is located near the interchange of Highway 427, Queen Elizabeth Way, and Gardiner Expressway.

The mall opened in 1971. Its original structure covered 850,000 square feet (79,000 m2) and contained 127 stores. It was expanded in 1975, 1987 and 1989. Sherway is 972,540 square feet (90,352 m2) in size, has 215 stores, and is the eighth largest mall in the Greater Toronto Area.[1]

History[edit]

The Sherway Gardens mall, a $21.5 million project, was revealed to the public by Sherway Gardens Limited on February 24, 1971.[1] The mall was built in an “S” shape design.[1] Community events and promotional activities took place at the centre of the mallin the central court with its 31 ft high skylight.[1] Like other shopping centres, Sherway Gardens contains fountains, lush indoor greenery, benches and couches for the enjoyment of shoppers.[1] Unlike the designs of other malls, such as the Toronto Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens was built with “intimate low ceilings”.[1]

In 1975, to accommodate for 75 new retail spaces, the “S” layout was altered to resemble a figure eight.[1] A few years later, in 1987, Holt Renfrew (one of Sherway Gardens anchor retailers) was moved to a newly built wing on the north side of the mall[1] The expansion allowed for 20 additional stores and was later referred to as the “fashion wing”, as it housed fashionable upscale retailers.[1]

In 1989, the mall continued to expand leading to the construction of a new south wing.[1] The new south wing has a large 'tent-like' structure on its upper level.[1] The million-dollar canopy, designed by Zeidler Roberts Partnership Architects, won the Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Merit.[1] In 2000, the Cadillac Fairview Corporation overtook ownership of Sherway Gardens.[1]

Over the years, the mall has evolved into an increasingly upscale shopping centre.

In 2013 the owners of Sherway Gardens announced a massive renovation and expansion of the mall, to be complete by 2016. When complete, Sherway will gain a second luxury department store anchor, Nordstrom, and a relocated and expanded Holt Renfrew. Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale are regarded as "two of Toronto’s chi-chiest cathedrals of consumption" by Toronto Life.[2] On January 27, 2014, Hudson's Bay Company announced that it would build a new Saks Fifth Avenue store in the space now occupied by Sears.[3]

In media[edit]

Parts of Mean Girls and the The Sentinel (2006) were filmed using Sherway Gardens as a film setting.[4] In Mean Girls, Sherway Gardens stood in as Westfield Old Orchard (in the film mentioned as Old Orchard Mall), a large shopping centre in suburban Chicago where the film takes place.

Retailers[edit]

Anchors and majors[edit]

The Sporting Life store will be demolished, and replaced by Nordstrom in 2016. Sporting Life will move to the new expansion.

Original anchors[edit]

Other[edit]

Sherway Gardens Mall has a seasonal farmers' market, located in the north parking lot, every Friday 8am-2pm.[5]

Transportation access[edit]

Sherway is accessible by private automobile and local transit. Major roads in the area serving the mall include the Queen Elizabeth Way/Gardiner Expressway, The Queensway and Highway 427. The mall is surrounded by large surface parking lots. is a ring road surrounding the mall.

The Toronto Transit Commission and MiWay bus routes connect at special bus platforms located on either side of Sherway Gardens Road, southwest of the mall:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Our History". Sherway Gardens. Cadillac Fairview Corporation. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mall Wars: Yorkdale vs. Sherway: Inside the big-bucks battle for our disposable income". Toronto Life. November 25, 2013
  3. ^ Kopun, Francine (January 27, 2014). "Eaton Centre to expand for Saks Fifth Avenue flagship and include the Bay". Thestar.com. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Media Centre". Sherway Gardens. Cadillac Fairview Corporation. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2012 FARMERS' MARKET". Sherway Gardens. Cadillac Fairview Corporation. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°36′42.62″N 79°33′25.55″W / 43.6118389°N 79.5570972°W / 43.6118389; -79.5570972