Chinook Centre

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Chinook Centre
Location 6455 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2H 0K8
Coordinates 50°59′54″N 114°04′26″W / 50.99833°N 114.07389°W / 50.99833; -114.07389Coordinates: 50°59′54″N 114°04′26″W / 50.99833°N 114.07389°W / 50.99833; -114.07389
Opening date 1960; 57 years ago (1960)
Management Cadillac Fairview
Owner Cadillac Fairview
No. of stores and services 250
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 125,884 m2 (1,355,000 sq ft)
No. of floors 6
Website Chinook Centre

Chinook Centre (corporately styled as "CF Chinook Centre") is the largest shopping mall in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is located near the geographic centre of the city on Macleod Trail, north of Glenmore Trail about 5 km (3.1 mi) south of downtown, and three blocks west of the Chinook C-Train station. The mall is owned and operated by Cadillac Fairview.

CF Chinook Centre covers (1,355,000 square feet (125,900 m2)) of space, and includes three department stores (Hudson's Bay, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue opening February 2018), 250 stores,[1] and numerous restaurants. Junior anchors include Sport Chek, H&M, Old Navy, and Chapters. It also includes a professional tower, the Chinook Bowladrome bowling alley, a 900-seat food court with a merry-go-round, and the 16-screen Scotiabank Theatre Chinook.

The focal point of the mall is a four-storey-high rotunda, with a fibre optic 'constellation' ceiling and a time capsule[2] at the centre's axis, set to be opened on December 31, 2999. The rotunda also includes a mosaic tile floor that represents the layout of the local Bow and Elbow rivers.


History[edit]

Logo used until October 2015

In 1960, with Calgary's population and city limits rapidly expanding, the first section of Chinook Centre was opened on the site of the Chinook Drive-In Theatre and the adjacent Skyline drive-in and driving range.[3] Designed as an open-air complex, the mall was anchored by Woodward's, Holt Renfrew, a bowling alley, and a branch of the Calgary Public Library.

In the mid-1960s, a separate mall, Southridge, was opened across the street from Chinook. Built to be a competing centre with Sears and approximately 30 other stores, Southridge operated separately until 1974, when the malls came under common ownership and an expansion was built to bridge the centres together. The new, larger mall was renamed Chinook Ridge Shopping Centre, and included a major enclosed parking structure, a movie theatre, an office tower, and a food court.

Time capsule's cover plate at the four-storey rotunda

In the 1980s, a two-storey wing of specialty retailers was added leading to a new anchor store (fashion retailer Bretton's, since closed) and a new food court. This expansion brought the mall's store count to approximately 300.

2000 Overhaul[edit]

In the late 1990s, Chinook Centre underwent a $300 million, three-year renovation. The complex was completely rebuilt in three phases, and added new stores for Sears, The Bay and Zellers, as well as the south parkade and theatre complex. The move to larger format retailers reduced the number of stores to approximately 200. This re-merchandising program was unkind to smaller, locally owned businesses who were squeezed out by the 'upscaling' of the property.

2010 Expansion[edit]

On September 29, 2010, a major 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m2) 2-level expansion was opened. The new wing added approximately 60 new retailers, many of which were new to the Calgary market or considered high-end luxury brand stores.[4][5] The expansion increased the number of retailers to 250, and added two levels of underground parking.

Past Anchor stores[edit]

Expansion plans[edit]

CF Chinook Centre is currently working on designs to add 2.3 million square feet of retail and mixed-use space.[7] In addition, a pedestrian bridge spanning Macleod Trail and connecting the mall to the nearby Chinook LRT station is being constructed.[8][9]

Chinook Centre is located in Calgary
Chinook Centre
Location in Calgary
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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chinook Centre". Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Time Capsule Content". Chinook Centre. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Foran, Max (1982). Calgary, Canada's frontier metropolis : an illustrated history. Windsor Publications. p. 306. ISBN 0-89781-055-4. 
  4. ^ "Chinook Centre expansion brings 'global brands'". CBC News. September 28, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ Chinook expansion to include first Abercrombie & Fitch in Calgary Archived January 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Saks Fifth Avenue to Open Calgary Store". RETAIL INSIDER. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  7. ^ Zickefoose, Sherri (July 27, 2013). "Chinook Centre expansion plan inches closer". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on March 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chinook Centre announces $275-million expansion". The Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Canwest Publishing Inc. February 15, 2008. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ Land Use Planning & Policy (June 2008). "Chinook Station Area Plan" (PDF). City of Calgary. p. 41. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 

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