Bayview Village Shopping Centre

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Bayview Village Shopping Centre
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Bayview Village Shopping Centre
Coordinates 43°46′07″N 79°23′09″W / 43.768661°N 79.385812°W / 43.768661; -79.385812Coordinates: 43°46′07″N 79°23′09″W / 43.768661°N 79.385812°W / 43.768661; -79.385812
Address 2901 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M2K 1E6
Opening date 1963[1]
Owner British Columbia Investment Management Corp.[2]
No. of stores and services 110
No. of anchor tenants 1 – Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart
Total retail floor area 444,000 square feet (41,200 m2)
No. of floors 1
Website Bayview Village Shopping Centre

Bayview Village Shopping Centre is a shopping mall in the North York area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, containing over 110 stores. The 440,000-square-foot (41,000 m2) shopping mall is located at Bayview Avenue and Sheppard Avenue in the community of Willowdale, and neighbourhood of Bayview Village.

History[edit]

Bayview Village was built in the 1960s as an open air mall. It was one of the numerous post-World War II small neighbourhood community malls that were built in the inner suburbs of Toronto where residential neighbourhoods were growing. All of these community plazas were strip malls with one or two anchors.[3]

By the 1990s, shopping trends changed to power centres anchored by big-box stores, and many of these community malls such as Honeydale Mall declined during this time. However Bayview Village stayed competitive as its owners frequently overhauled the property to keep up with current trends. To distinguish itself from larger shopping centres, the owners of Bayview Village gentrified and sought out high-end independent boutiques not available in larger malls.[3] Bayview Village was the host of the first GAP store in Canada.[4]

Bayview Village is located in the affluent neighbourhood of Bayview Village where significant transit-oriented condominium development has enabled it to thrive despite being close to the larger Fairview Mall.[3]

In 2013, the mall was conditionally sold for $500 million to a British Columbian property company. This was the biggest single property sale of 2013.[2]

Current status[edit]

Since its redevelopment in 1998, the tenants of the mall have become more exclusive and aimed at the more affluent shoppers from the nearby areas of Bayview Village, York Mills, The Bridle Path, Sunnybrook and Lawrence Park. It contains the "only North American outpost" of a number of high end fashion designers, as well as outlets for luxury American designers such as Brooks Brothers and a branch of the expensive Toronto grocery store Pusateri's. The target customer for the Bayview Village Shopping Centre is female, over 30 years old, with an annual household income of over $100,000.[4]

Anchors[edit]

Chapters store

Former anchors[edit]

  • Long time anchor store Kmart closed in 1998. The store was demolished and the location redeveloped to house a Chapters and a large LCBO store as well as additional mall space.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Bayview Village, The Gerber Group
  2. ^ a b Garry Marr (13 November 2013). "Toronto's Bayview Village sold for $500-million in biggest property sale this year". Financial Post. Retrieved December 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d "A Saga Of Two Plazas". National Post. November 17, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Rashwan, Karim (September 12, 2014). "Quiet Luxury Awaits at Toronto's Bayview Village". Retail Insider. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 

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