CF Markville

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CF Markville
MarkvilleShoppingCentre.jpg
CF Markville entrance in 2008. Promotions for the Sony Vaio and The Simpsons Movie\HMV, are on the top while Shoppers Drug Mart and La Vie en Rose are on the bottom. Sony Store and HMV have since been closed.
LocationMarkham, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°52′08″N 79°17′17″W / 43.869°N 79.288°W / 43.869; -79.288Coordinates: 43°52′08″N 79°17′17″W / 43.869°N 79.288°W / 43.869; -79.288
Opening dateMarch 17, 1982; 36 years ago (March 17, 1982)
DeveloperJDS Development
ManagementCadillac Fairview
OwnerCadillac Fairview
No. of stores and servicesover 160
No. of anchor tenants7
Total retail floor area1,017,199 square feet (94,500.9 m2)
No. of floors2
Public transit accessMcCowan Vivastation,
129 McCowan North
Websitewww.markville.ca

CF Markville, also known as Markville Shopping Centre in the Cadillac Fairview chain of malls, is a shopping mall of over 160 stores in Markham, Ontario, Canada. It is located at the intersection of Highway 7 East and McCowan Road. Its anchors are Hudson's Bay, Winners/HomeSense, Walmart Supercentre, Sporting Life, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Uniqlo, Best Buy, and a Toys R Us/Babies R Us combo store. It has a gross leasable area of 1,017,199 square feet (94,500.9 m2).[1] It was the largest shopping mall in York Region until 2004 when Vaughan Mills opened.

History[edit]

The shopping centre was developed by JDS Development and opened in 1982 and is owned by Cadillac Fairview. The mall was named for its proximity to the historical villages of Markham and Unionville (now both incorporated in the city of Markham).

The mall was renovated in 1991 as part of an expansion.

2011-13 renovation[edit]

Markville was renovated by EllisDon for $110 million from 2011-2013.[2] The renovation included the installation of 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2) of porcelain tile flooring, and 12,000 linear feet of glass handrails. Over 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of commercial space was to be renovated, which would add many brands new to Canada or the Greater Toronto Area. A new food court known as the "Express Eatery" at entrance 7 opened on 23 August 2012, while the former food court located next to Best Buy has been remodeled into shop space. The renovation was completed in two years, and was finished in the fall of 2013.[3]

New retailers[edit]

The renovation also coincided with an initiative to offering a more luxurious shopping experience, and add many brands new to Canada or the Greater Toronto Area. During this transitional period, the mall's store count was reduced to 160. Stores such as Town Shoes and Bombay have closed for higher end retailers.

Sport Chek closed in 2012, and the space was significantly expanded to accommodate Sporting Life. An Apple Store also moved in.

Sears closed on February 28, 2015. The upper level of the former Sears space opened as Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH in early 2018, while the lower level still remains vacant though there are rumours of that space being filled by a Nordstrom Rack. All of the independent stores near the former Sears were also replaced, while among the new tenants include a Mercedes-Benz showroom.

Le Château closed in 2016, being replaced by Japanese retailer Muji in 2017. Hot Topic closed, and its space was filled by Miniso in summer 2018.

Forever 21 closed in Spring 2018 to make way for Japanese retailer Uniqlo to open in its Canadian expansion, one of the four new locations in Canada.[4] This marks the largest closure at the mall since Sears removal in 2015. The store was liquidated and cleared out in a massive sale that caused long lineups outside the store, allowing a limited number of people to shop. The store remained visible while vacant until an opaque border was put up, with the Uniqlo logo. The location opened on October 12, 2018.

A few Chinese retailers have opened in the mall, including Saint Germain Bakery, Luk Fook Jewellery and Osim. Despite the bankruptcy and closure of its United States operations in March 2018, the Toys "R" Us continues to operate in Canada as normal including its CF Markville location.

Some of the mall's popular stores are Muji, Miniso, Uniqlo, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors, H&M, LOFT, Old Navy, Bluenotes, Gap and La Vie en Rose.

CF Markville is the largest and only mall in Markham.

Anchors and Major Stores[edit]

Transportation access[edit]

The mall is accessible by York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva, Toronto Transit Commission and GO Transit.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Address and Location Map - Markville Shopping Centre". Markville Shopping Centre. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.ellisdon.com/project/markville-shopping-centre/
  3. ^ "EllisDon to manage $110 million makeover of Cadillac Fairview mall in Markham, Ontario". Daily Commercial News. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  4. ^ "UNIQLO Canada Will Open Four New Stores in Fall 2018". www.newswire.ca. Retrieved 2018-08-03.

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