Fairview Park Mall

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For the similarly named mall in Toronto, see Fairview Mall.
CF Fairview Park
Location 2960 Kingsway Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
N2C 1X1
Opening date 1966
Management Cadillac Fairview
Owner Cadillac Fairview
No. of stores and services 120
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 746,334 sq ft (69,336.7 m2)
No. of floors 1
Website Fairview Park

CF Fairview Park (commonly known as Fairview Park Mall) is a large shopping mall of 120 stores in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Fairview Park opened in 1966, in the Parkway neighbourhood of the recently expanded City of Kitchener, between Kingsway Drive, Wilson Avenue, Fairway Road, and Highway 8. The mall's presence over the years has turned Fairway Road into a major commercial strip.[citation needed] It is one of the four biggest malls in the region with 730,000 square feet (68,000 m2) of Gross leasable area[2]

The initial department-store anchors were Simpsons-Sears on the south end and a Zehrs supermarket at the north end. A new wing with Woolco was added on the east in the 1970s along with 20 stores, and Simpson's on the west was added in the 1980s along with 40 more stores. In the time since, Simpsons-Sears has become Sears, Woolco was converted to a Wal-Mart, and Simpson's became The Bay. The small Zehrs supermarket had been located facing Kingsway Drive, but moved to Weber Street across the Highway 8 Expressway (in an outdoor plaza on the site of the demolished 200 000 square foot "HiWay Market" grocery and department superstore, which had operated from 1952 to 1987) and its space was redeveloped, partially into the current food court and partially into a PharmaPlus location (which later closed).

From early 2007 to that summer, the mall underwent a major $33.4-million redevelopment. This renovation included a new food court and new interiors, including higher ceilings. The parking lot was also refurbished. It was the first major renovation since 1986.[3]

The mall is accessible from Highway 8 and Fairway Road, and is served by many Grand River Transit bus routes connecting to the surrounding areas of Kitchener and to Cambridge and Waterloo.[citation needed]

Anchor stores[edit]

Transit terminal[edit]

Fairview Park Mall
Transit Terminal
Coordinates 43°25′23″N 80°26′28″W / 43.42306°N 80.44111°W / 43.42306; -80.44111
Bus stands 11[4]
Bus operators
Construction
Structure type bus shelters only
Bicycle facilities no
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 1966

The terminal is located beside the southwest entrance to the Hudson's Bay store.[4] This facility operates as a major hub for Grand River Transit (GRT), with most of the routes served terminating here. The Region's Ion rapid transit system will service here as well; in the initial stage, Fairview will be the Light Rail Transit line's southern terminus, with adapted Bus Rapid Transit continuing on toward Cambridge. At the same time as the light rail launch, the bus terminal will be moved from its current location to a new park and ride lot at the corner of Fairway and Wilson, off of the mall property.

GRT bus service[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fairview Park Directory Listing. Accessed July 16, 2007.
  2. ^ Cadillac Fairview Retail Portfolio. Accessed July 16, 2007. Archived July 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Fairview mall to get $33.4-million facelift". The Record. 2006-05-10. 
  4. ^ a b GRAND RIVER TRANSIT BUS PLATFORMS at FAIRVIEW PARK

Coordinates: 43°25′30″N 80°26′19″W / 43.42487°N 80.43859°W / 43.42487; -80.43859