Fairview Mall

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Fairview Mall
Fairview Mall Entrance 4.jpg
Coordinates43°46′40″N 79°20′40″W / 43.77778°N 79.34444°W / 43.77778; -79.34444Coordinates: 43°46′40″N 79°20′40″W / 43.77778°N 79.34444°W / 43.77778; -79.34444
Address1800 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M2J 5A7
Opening dateAugust 5, 1970
DeveloperFairview Corp. of Canada Ltd
ManagementCadillac Fairview
OwnerCadillac Fairview (50%)
TD Greystone Asset Management funds (50%)
No. of stores and services190
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area881,287 sq ft (81,874 m2)
No. of floors2 retail levels, plus 1 office and cinema level
Public transit accessTTC - Line 4 - Sheppard line.svg Don Mills
BSicon BUS1.svg Toronto Transit Commission Buses

Fairview Mall (corporately designated CF Fairview Mall)[1] is a large shopping centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada of about 80,000 m2 (860,000 sq ft). Opened in 1970, the centre has over 180 stores, offices and a cinema complex. It is located several kilometres north-east of downtown, at the northeast corner of Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue East in the former borough of North York.


Interior walkway at Don Mills station, a subway station adjacent to Fairview Mall.

The mall is on two levels east to west with a vacant space (formerly Sears) at the west end and the Hudson's Bay at the east end. Its 170 stores include numerous clothing stores, speciality shops and kiosks.[2] The mall also has a multiplex cinema, a food court and a few restaurants.[2] The shopping centre also provides a personal style program that offers clients individual image consultations, personal shopping sessions, and other customized services for a fee.[3]

Nearby, the Toronto Public Library's Fairview Public Library branch is located to the north of the mall. A community health centre is located next to the mall along Don Mills Road. It includes a pharmacy, various doctors offices and dentist offices, and eye exam clinics.

Fairview Mall is located near the intersections of two major highways: Highways 401 and 404. The mall is surrounded on all sides by parking lot and parking garages. Parking is free. The shopping centre is also served by a Toronto Transit Commission subway line and a York Region bus rapid transit line.

The mall is managed and 50% owned by Cadillac Fairview (CF). The other 50% is held by investment funds overseen by TD Greystone Asset Management, a division of The Toronto-Dominion Bank.[4] Cadillac Fairview also owns and operates, among other malls, the similarly named Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener, Ontario and Fairview Pointe-Claire in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.


Sears Canada took over the retail space formerly occupied by Simpsons in 1991. Sears continued to operate in the mall until 2017.
Interior of the mall in 2010

Fairview Mall opened in 1970 with The Bay and Simpsons as its department store anchors, and at the time was the fourth fully enclosed, as well as the first multi-level, shopping centre in Metropolitan Toronto.[5] It consisted of 100 stores spread on two levels built at the cost $20 million.[6]

From 1987 to 1989, the Cadillac Fairview Corporation and previous co-owner Markborough Properties spent CAD$90 million to provide Fairview Mall's first major expansion. Renovations at that time included a glass-tiered ceiling, similar to Toronto's Eaton Centre, which opened much of its interior to natural lighting.[7] The Bay and Simpsons both relocated in October and November 1987 respectively to new larger spaces of 160,000 square feet each.[8][9]

In 1991, the Hudson's Bay Company discontinued the Simpsons banner in favour of The Bay, in the process selling several duplicate locations, including its Simpsons store at Fairview Mall, to Sears Canada.[10]

In 1997, mall co-owner Markborough Properties was acquired by Cambridge Shopping Centres from the Thomson family.[11] Cambridge was acquired by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec subsidiary Ivanhoé between 1999 and 2001, forming Ivanhoé Cambridge.[12]

In the late 1990s, a major portion of the shopping centre's parking lot was redeveloped into a large bus terminal as part of the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC's) Don Mills subway station (the eastern terminus of Toronto's new Sheppard subway line), which opened in 2002, and also as the southern terminus of York Region Transit's Viva Green bus rapid transit line.

In late 2008, Fairview Mall completed a CAD$90 million (previously planned as $84 million) three-phase full renovation and redevelopment project which had been started in July 2006. The redevelopment phases included an expanded Shoppers Drug Mart and a large format Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store. The food court was moved to the lower level under a 60-foot (18 m) high skylight near The Bay. All entrances to the mall were updated to incorporate hands-free technology and the common areas inside the centre were transformed with greater open spaces and wood finishes. Elevators serving the third floor offices were added for the first time, located near entrance #4.

The food court of the mall after its renovations in 2009.

In 2009, retailers Bath & Body Works, Forever 21, Sephora, Hollister Co., and Zara opened within the mall. The facade along Sheppard Avenue received a complete facelift by the end of 2009. During that time, work on Fairview Mall's new "dining experience" area was undertaken.[13] The Rainbow Cinema had originally been an older style Cineplex theatre.

The Sears store closed in late 2017 as part of the liquidation of Sears' Canadian operations.[14] In 2019, Cadillac Fairview announced the expansion of the mall which includes adding a row of restaurants, a Sears box redevelopment, a renovation of the existing mall, and a new pedestrian access to the TTC. It is expected to be completed in 2023.[15] Part of the Sears space will be occupied by T & T Supermarket beginning in 2022.[16]

Ivanhoé Cambridge's 50% interest in the mall was purchased by an entity named 404 & Sheppard LP in 2018.[17] It was later revealed that the entity was acting on behalf of investment funds overseen by TD Greystone Asset Management.[4]


On 13 December 2006, three handguns, a machine gun, ammunition and drugs were found in a locker meant for shoppers to store their belongings as they shopped.[18]

On 25 June 2008, an 18-year-old was stabbed and seriously injured outside of a shoe store within the mall.[19]

On 12 January 2009, a serial purse snatcher drove slightly into a woman, striking her leg. As the woman was checking out her injury, a man in the car grabbed her carry-all. The victim attempted to hold onto her purse as he drove away, dragging her for a short distance before she let go.[20]

On 13 September 2010, a plainclothes mall security guard, Owen Baker, attempted to arrest a man for allegedly stealing a sample bottle of cologne, resulting in a foot-chase in which the security guard was shot at.[21] Baker originally said he was looking down the barrel of the gun because it was pointed directly at his head, and that he dove into a jewellery store to dodge the bullet. Security camera footage contradicted his statements, and Baker later revised his story to say he didn't know which direction the gun was pointed and that he dropped to his knees as opposed to diving into a store.[21] Once Baker regained his composure he got back up and continued chasing the suspect for the sample bottle of cologne.[22] Toronto Police initially named Christopher Alexander and Shaun Mobeen as suspects.[23] Mobeen turned himself in but was released after police cleared him of being the man in the video footage.[24]

On 21 January 2014, an armoured truck transporting from the mall was robbed by two gunmen, leading to an exchange of gunfire. No one was injured, and the robbers made off with a bag of money containing $100,000.[25]

On 13 November 2016, a car crashed into the mall, demolishing part of a wall. The driver was trapped in the debris, later being freed by emergency workers.[26]

On 12 March 2017, a teenager was seriously wounded in a stabbing near the movie theater.[27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cadillac Fairview to rename Eaton Centre, other Canadian shopping centres". September 21, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "CF Fairview Mall | Mall Stores". Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  3. ^ The New York Times Travel Guide, New York Times online, retrieved April 14, 2009;
  4. ^ a b "CF, TD Greystone want to build towers at CF Fairview Mall". RENX. March 27, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  5. ^ "The history of Fairview Mall in Toronto".
  6. ^ "Huge traffic jam as Fairview Mall opens". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. August 6, 1970. p. W3.
  7. ^ Brennan, Pat, (1986) Fairview Mall to get major expansion, Toronto Star, August 27, 1986, pg.E3 (subscription);
  8. ^ https://digital.library.mcgill.ca/hrcorpreports/pdfs/6/635545.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  9. ^ https://digital.library.mcgill.ca/hrcorpreports/pdfs/6/635544.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  10. ^ "Simpsons sign to vanish in fall round of mergers: Hudson's Bay to wrap stores into Bay chain, sell 8 to Sears". Globe and Mail. Toronto. June 6, 1991. p. B1.
  11. ^ Greenberg, Larry M. (April 29, 1997). "Thomson to Sell Real-Estate Unit To Cambridge for $268.4 Million". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  12. ^ Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (2001). 2000 Operations Report (PDF). Montreal: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. ISBN 2-550-37202-6. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 3, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  13. ^ Stores: Closed or Temporarily Relocated Stores Archived February 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Fairview Mall website, retrieved June 29, 2008;
  14. ^ "Sears Canada To Ask Court To Shut All Remaining Stores". Archived from the original on October 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "CF Fairview Mall | News & Events".
  16. ^ Singh, Simran (November 23, 2021). "T&T Supermarket to open new location inside Fairview Mall in 2022". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  17. ^ "Ivanhoe Cambridge sells interest in Fairview Mall".
  18. ^ "Guns And Ammo Found In Fairview Mall Locker". Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  19. ^ "Teen Stabbed Outside Fairview Mall Store". June 25, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  20. ^ "Police Warning: Serial Purse Snatcher Employs Unusual Method". January 28, 2000. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  21. ^ a b Consiglio, Alex (October 1, 2012). "Mall guard who claims suspected thief tried to kill him changes parts of story". Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  22. ^ Consiglio, Alex (September 28, 2012). "Suspected shoplifter fired at Fairview Mall security guard, court told". Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  23. ^ "Police name two suspects in Fairview Mall shooting". September 14, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  24. ^ "Fairview Mall shooting suspect released". September 15, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  25. ^ "$10K reward offered in armoured truck robbery at Fairview Mall". May 14, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  26. ^ "Man in hospital after car smashes through wall at Fairview Mall". November 13, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  27. ^ Abdigir, Ebyan (March 12, 2017). "Teen seriously injured in stabbing at Fairview Mall". Retrieved June 8, 2020.

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