Markville Shopping Centre facts for kids
CF Markville entrance in 2017
|Location||Markham, Ontario, Canada|
|Opening date||March 17, 1982|
|No. of stores and services||over 140|
|No. of anchor tenants||9|
|Total retail floor area||981,000 square feet (91,100 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
CF Markville, also known as Markville Shopping Centre in the Cadillac Fairview chain of malls, is a shopping mall of over 140 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, Walmart Supercentre, Sporting Life, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Marshalls, Uniqlo, Best Buy, and a Toys "R" Us/Babies "R" Us combo store. It has a gross leasable area of 981,000 square feet (91,100 m2). It was the largest shopping mall in York Region until 2004 when Vaughan Mills opened.
The shopping centre was developed by JDS Development and opened in 1982. The mall was named for its proximity to the historical villages of Markham and Unionville (now both incorporated in the city of Markham). The name was originally planned to be called Markville Town Centre. The site of the mall was originally a nursery garden. Once the land was acquired, it was two decades before construction started. High-rises and government buildings were planned to be built around the shopping centre, but the plan was not passed.
The original ground floor featured an artificial waterway. The mall was renovated in 1991 as part of an expansion because more American retailers were entering Canada. Sears and Hudsons Bay were included in this expansion project. The space was nearly doubled from 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2) to over 900,000 square feet (84,000 m2) according to the Yellow Pages. The mall is now owned by Cadillac Fairview since 1997.
The Best Buy which opened in 2003 was originally a supermarket. Walmart entered the mall in 1994 with two levels. They expanded their lower level in 2004. The upper level became Winners.
Markville was renovated by EllisDon for CA$111 million from 2011-2013. The renovation coincided with an initiative to add new brands to Canada or the Greater Toronto Area. 206,000 square feet (19,100 m2) of common area was renovated, including new glass railings, flooring, washrooms, and the removal of the lower level rivers. 268,000 square feet (24,900 m2) of existing tenant space was renovated with high-end tenants. 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.
A new 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) food court known as the "Express Eatery" opened on 23 August 2012 next to the former Sears store on the lower level. The upper level food court located next to Best Buy has been remodelled into shop space. According to EllisDon, this was the most challenging aspect of the renovation.
Sears closed on February 28, 2015. The upper level of the former Sears space opened as Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH on March 8, 2018; while the lower level opened as Marshalls on September 24, 2019.
Sport Chek closed in 2012 and was replaced by Forever 21. 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. Uniqlo opened on October 12, 2018.
A few Chinese retailers have opened in the mall including Hong Kong based Lukfook Jewellery, Osim, and Chinese based Miniso.
The mall is accessible by York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva, Toronto Transit Commission and GO Transit.
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