White Oaks Mall (London, Ontario)
|Location||1105 Wellington Road London, Ontario, Canada|
|Management||Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP|
|Owner||Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP|
|No. of stores and services||185|
|No. of anchor tenants||2|
|Total retail floor area||698,500 sq ft.|
|No. of floors||1|
The property on which the mall is now located was originally occupied by a small outdoor plaza, built in 1962.
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.
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.
Recent changes and events
2006: White Oaks expanded, with Swedish retailer H&M opening its first London store.
2008: Improvements continued. The washrooms located by the Wellington Road entrance were expanded and renovated.
2009: The washrooms located by the Information Booth were upgraded to be consistent with the renovations of the Wellington washrooms.
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)
The mall has received some criticism in recent years for forcing out independent stores. In 2009, several independent stores were denied a lease renewal. This included the gift-shop Durga, which had been a tenant with the mall for 26 years.  Similarly, Logo Sports was also denied a lease renewal in 2014 after 25 years at the mall. Logo was replaced by a competing franchise. 
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