White Oaks Mall (London, Ontario)
|Location||1105 Wellington Road London, Ontario, Canada|
|Management||Triovest Realty Management|
|Owner||CPP Investment Board|
|No. of stores and services||185|
|No. of anchor tenants||2|
|Total retail floor area||698,500 sq ft.|
|No. of floors||1|
In 1972, the plaza was completely rebuilt to make way for expansion. It became a fully enclosed shopping centre in early 1973, featuring a Woolco department store and about 40 other tenants. The main entrance to the mall included artistic steel sculptures and a massive arch-like gateway, all of which still exist today.
The mall expanded again in 1976, with a Simpson's department store replacing the Sayvette (now The Bay). By the late 1970s and into the 1980s, the area surrounding the mall began to develop. New highrise apartments and homes were constructed. Many new commercial establishments located near the mall as well.
White Oaks underwent a major expansion in 1985, which marked the beginning of the mall wars in the city. A food court was added after the demolition of the Loblaws grocery store, plus a Marks and Spencer where the Gap is today. The mall was enlarged again in 1987, and 1989, with over 50 new stores added. The previous black brick and darkly lit interior design was phased out, and more spacious atrium skylights were installed to compete with the other progressive malls in the city. With these expansions, it made the mall one of the largest shopping centres in Southwestern Ontario.
In the mid 1990s, lack of parking became such a problem that a nearby office building was demolished to allow for more spaces. In 2005, the mall was sold to the CPP Investment Board and Osmington Inc. CPP Investment Board became the sole owner in 2010.
There are over 185 stores and services in the mall.
2006: White Oaks expanded by over 36,000 sq ft (3,300 m2), with Swedish retailer H&M opening its first London store. As well, several new retailers including an Applebee's restaurant, Urban Behavior, and an expanded Jacob opened.
2007: More retailers including Guess?, Ben Moss, Off The Wall, D-Tox, Lids, Joneve, Freshly Squeezed, Dollarama and Canada's first Aéropostale store opened. A renovation of the interior of the mall also took place in 2007.
2008: Improvements to the mall and to the store mix continued. The washrooms located by the Wellington Road entrance were expanded and renovated. They now include a family washroom, and a nursing area. One of Canada's first Bath & Body Works opened. Other retailers including aerie, Town Shoes, Claire de Lune, S&H Health Foods, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory opened in the mall. Gap and Danier Leather renovated their stores and SoftMoc, Bluenotes,Siblings relocated within the mall.
2009: The washrooms located by the Information Booth were upgraded to be consistent with the renovations of the Wellington washrooms. Coach, Gymboree, Bath & Body Works: Home Fragrance, Quiznos and Brida Shoes opened.
2010: Auntie Anne's Pretzels opened in January. Sephora and Cali Nails opened in May 2010. Marble Slab Creamery opened in the summer. Jack&Jones, ONLY, and Payless ShoeSource opened later in the year. The mall is currently renovating the food court. Phase I of the renovation, including new floors, ceilings, furniture and skylights was completed in November 2010.
Anchors and majors
- Hudson's Bay (165,000 sq ft or 15,300 m2)
- Walmart (151,000 sq ft or 14,000 m2)
- Sport Chek (20,000 sq ft or 2,000 m2)
- H&M (18,000 sq ft or 1,700 m2)
- Ardene (16,000 sq ft or 1,500 m2)
- Urban Planet (15,000 sq ft or 1,400 m2)
- Dollarama (13,000 sq ft or 1,200 m2)
- PDF. Retrieved 2010-01-10.