North Hill Centre
|Address||1632 – 14 Avenue NW|
|Opening date||June 1958|
|No. of stores and services||100+|
|No. of anchor tenants||2 (major)|
|Total retail floor area||20,000 m2 (220,000 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||1|
The mall opened at 1632 14 Ave N.W. in June 1958, offering about 30 stores and services. Hailed as the largest shopping centre in Western Canada at the time, it transformed the shopping experience for Calgarians. "It was revolutionary to have a mall and to have late-night shopping and all of that kind of stuff that is just quite normal for us now," said (spokeswoman Paula) Newhold. "The real experience was that it was all in one place - that was the interesting thing."
The first major renovation to the mall occurred in 1973. The mall expanded to include 20 more stores, and an enclosed mall area was constructed amongst the existing stores. The design called for a central corridor with irregularly sized columns and ceiling heights, presenting an inconsistent look to the storefronts in the mall. (Another Calgary shopping centre, Chinook Centre underwent a similar transformation from strip mall to enclosed mall.)
By the 1990s, anchor tenants for the mall were Sears and Canada Safeway (on the east end), along with Super Valu (on the west end), giving the mall two major grocery stores.
In 2000, the mall was renovated.
The North Hill Theatre and Fairview Bowling Alley, erected in the parking lot in 1967, had remained in operation until 1999.