Shops at Don Mills

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Shops at Don Mills
Don Mills Centre.JPG
The new centre while under construction.
Location Don Mills, Ontario
Address 6 Maginn Mews
Opening date 2009
Developer Cadillac Fairview - commercial
FRAM Building Group - residential
Management Sheila Jennings/ Cadillac Fairview
Owner Cadillac Fairview
Architect Harry Pellow - Pellow + Associates Architects and Ralph Giannone of Giannone Petricone Associates Inc
No. of stores and services 72
Total retail floor area 511,824 square feet (48,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors 1 to 2
Website www.shopsatdonmills.ca

The Shops at Don Mills is a lifestyle centre - type shopping centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located at Don Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East.

There are 72 retail stores with a total floor space of 47,550 square metres (or 511,824 square feet).[2]

Character[edit]

Storefronts face a network of private internal streets, and the centre layout is centred on a square which includes interpretive historical plaques and commissioned art by Douglas Coupland. The layout is similar to a regular neighbourhood retail strip. Anchors include McEwans Gourmet Market, Anthropologie, Joey's west coast restaurant, and other shops and restaurants. Parking along the internal streets is limited but a multi-level parkade is located on site.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The centre is located on the site of the demolished Don Mills Centre shopping mall, which was part of the original development of the planned suburb of Don Mills. Increased competition from other shopping malls and the closure of main anchor tenant T. Eaton Co. meant declines in mall revenues and the exodus of many fashion retailers. The mall owner, developer Cadillac Fairview, decided to redevelop the site in 2003 to attract more up-scale retailers and shoppers, without a main anchor tenant. The developer proposed to demolish the indoor shopping mall and replace it with an open-air setting, along with an intensification of the site. The intensification meant the construction of a parking garage to replace the large surface parking lot. The development also included using Centre lands for new residential buildings. After community consultation, the plan was approved by the City of Toronto and the development proceeded. The Shops at Don Mills opened on April 22, 2009.[citation needed]

McNally Robinson, a Canadian book-selling chain, was one of the first tenants, but the chain later decided to close the Don Mills location.[citation needed]

Street names[edit]

A number of new roads and driveways located in the new development are named after prominent community members of the Don Mills area:

  • Aggie Hogg Gardens - named for former resident, storekeeper, postmaster and daughter of settler John Hogg
  • Clock Tower Road - named to identify the location of the Clock Tower at the corner of the Town Square.
  • O'Neill Road - named for local settler James O'Neill (arrived 1845) [3]
  • Karl Fraser Road - Karl Fraser, first CEO of Don Mills Development and assistant to developer E.P. Taylor[3]
  • Leadly Lane - named for local settler Allison Leadley (arrived 1850) [3]
  • Pabst Lane - named for local settler Rudolph Pabst (arrived 1814) [3]
  • Marie Labatte Road - named for former North York Councillor for Ward 10 and Metro Councillor for Don Parkway Marie Labatte (1925–2004)[4]
  • Sampson Mews - named for local settler James Sampson (arrived 1838) [3]
  • Maginn Mews - named for merchant, school trustee and politician Charles Maginn (arrived 1841)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mall information". General Growth Properties. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Kenter, Peter (May 27, 2010). "Shops at Don Mills re-development project has a heart of steel". Daily Commercial News. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "How Shops at Don Mills streets got their names". National Post. April 30, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Naming of Proposed Private Lane at 939 Lawrence Avenue East (Shops at Don Mills)". City of Toronto. March 17, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 43°44′06″N 79°20′42″W / 43.735°N 79.345°W / 43.735; -79.345