Carrefour Laval

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Carrefour Laval
Location Laval, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°34′12″N 73°45′04″W / 45.57°N 73.751°W / 45.57; -73.751Coordinates: 45°34′12″N 73°45′04″W / 45.57°N 73.751°W / 45.57; -73.751
Address 3035 Le Carrefour
Opening date March 28, 1974
Developer Fairview Corporation (planner)
Ain & Zakuta Ltd (builder) [1]
Management Cadillac Fairview
Owner Cadillac Fairview
No. of stores and services 300+
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 115,478 m2 or 1,242,990 sq ft (GLA)
No. of floors 1
Public transit access Terminus Le Carrefour
Website carrefourlaval.ca

Carrefour Laval (corporately styled as "CF Carrefour Laval") is a super regional mall located in Laval, Quebec, Canada. It is located at the intersection of the Autoroute des Laurentides (Laurentian Expressway) (A-15) and Autoroute Jean-Noël-Lavoie (A-440).[2] At 115,478 m2 (1,242,990 sq ft), it is both the largest enclosed shopping centre in the Montreal area and Quebec's largest mall operating on a single floor.

Carrefour Laval is one of the four self-branded fashion centres managed by Cadillac Fairview in the Montreal area. The others are Fairview Pointe-Claire, Les Promenades Saint-Bruno, and Les Galeries d'Anjou.

Stores

The mall has three anchor stores: Hudson's Bay, Simons and Rona.[3] Various other stores, boutiques and restaurants are represented in the mall.

Carrefour Laval has the reputation of being a gate for international retail chains looking to expand in Quebec and is one of the best performing shopping malls in the province in terms of sales per square foot.[4][5] Several established American retailers opened their first Quebec store at Carrefour Laval including Apple Store, Bath & Body Works, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Crate and Barrel, Victoria's Secret, Williams-Sonoma and Coach New York.[5][4]

History

Planning for a new mall (1969-1973)

Construction of the mall was announced on February 27, 1969, by Steinberg's and Eaton's. The consortium announced that a 150-store mall would be built on a 20,000,000-square-foot (1,900,000 m2) property next to the Laurentian Expressway, subject to the construction of the necessary infrastructure by the newly formed city of Laval.[6]

The project had been delayed after a zoning bylaw proposed by mayor Jacques Tétreault that would effectively have given the Carrefour Laval consortium a monopoly over the development of the proposed downtown core of Laval was challenged by the opposition and by members of his own party, who supported the construction of a second mall in the immediate vicinity by the Oshawa Group.[7] A zoning amendment proposed by opposition councillor Lucien Paiement (later mayor), which allowed the Oshawa Group to build its own mall was adopted. By then, Morgan's and Simpson's had joined the Carrefour Laval consortium.[7] However, Morgan's dropped out, preferring instead to anchor an expansion of the existing Centre Laval,[8] just 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) away on the other side of Expressway 15.

Timeline

  • 1974: Carrefour Laval opens with major tenants Simpsons, Eaton's, Dupuis Frères, Pascal's and Beaucoup.[a]The L-shaped Carrefour Laval has 125 stores. Eaton's and Beaucoup anchor the ends of the mall and Simpsons is at the junction. Carrefour Laval has three owners: Fairview Corporation (its manager), Ivanhoe Corporation and Eaton's.[1]
  • 1978: Dupuis Frères closes. Wise arrives in the mall.
  • 1983: The mall expands to the west with 100 new stores, a food court and a Sears department store.
  • 1984: The Beaucoup concept is abandoned. Steinberg's and Miracle Mart now have their separate anchor spaces, although they remain side by side.
  • 1986: Miracle Mart's name is shortened to "M". A standalone Cineplex Odeon arrives in the mall's parking lot.
  • 1989: Simpsons store is converted to The Bay.
  • 1991: Pascal's closes.
  • 1992: Steinberg's and M close.
  • 1993: Work begins to convert the space that had been occupied by Steinberg's and M to accommodate what would have been the first Costco store in Canada, but this is halted when Costco and Price Club merge the same year, since there was already a Price Club store right across the expressway.
  • 1994: Rona L'Entrepôt opens up its first store ever on what used to be the anchor spaces of Steinberg's and M.
  • 1995: Wise closes.
  • 1996: Les Ailes de la Mode and Bureau en Gros become new tenants of Carrefour Laval; they occupy the space of the old Pascal's store.
  • 1999: Eaton's closes.
  • 2000: Cadillac Fairview acquires full ownership of the mall. Until now it had been co-owned by Ivanhoe.
  • 2001: Cineplex Odeon closes.
  • 2002: Carrefour Laval expands with 78 new stores and anchor Simons. Part of this expansion took place on the former spots of the Eaton's store and the Cineplex Odeon movie theater which had both been demolished. The new section is characterized on a map as the southern eastern portion of the mall with the shape of an arc.
  • 2008: A newer, expanded food court and redesign of the flooring and ceilings is underway and scheduled to be completed in two phases by 2009.[9] The food court offers now 1,200 seats.[2]
  • 2009: The new food court opens with 22 fast food restaurants, 1,200 seats and an upscale restaurant, Table 51. Conversion of the old 1983 food court into retail space begins.
  • 2010: End of the work for the conversion of the old food court
  • 2011: Les Ailes de la Mode closes.
  • 2012: Crate & Barrel opens, in part of Les Ailes de la Mode's past location. The rest is split between The Keg and P.F. Chang's.
  • 2014: Bureau en Gros closes.
  • 2018: Sears closes.

Transit centre

An RTM bus terminal is located across boulevard le Carrefour from the Carrefour Laval. From it the STL offers frequent bus service to and from Montmorency metro station, the terminus of the orange line of the Montreal Metro.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Beaucoup Steinberg was a hypermarket that consisted of a Steinberg's supermarket, a Miracle Mart department store, a Le Quick restaurant and a Pik-Nik restaurant all under the same roof.

References

  1. ^ a b "Le Carrefour Laval ouvrira Jeudi le 28 mars, 9:30". La Presse. Montreal. 27 March 1974. p. K2.
  2. ^ a b Le Carrefour Laval. Quoted: 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ "CF Carrefour Laval - Magasins du centre commercial".
  4. ^ a b https://www.lapresse.ca/vivre/mode/201212/07/01-4601799-le-carrefour-laval-nouvelle-mecque-du-shopping.php
  5. ^ a b https://www.lesaffaires.com/archives/generale/quand-les-amricains-entrent-au-qubec-par-le-carrefour-laval/534879
  6. ^ "Super shopping centre planned". The Gazette. Montreal. February 28, 1969. p. 1.
  7. ^ a b Pierre Richard (December 20, 1971). "Une bataille entre 2 géants déchire le Conseil de Laval". Le Devoir (in French). Montreal. p. 1.
  8. ^ "Morgan's plans to build 110,000 square foot store". The Gazette. Montreal. May 25, 1971. p. 34.
  9. ^ Cadillac Fairview announces a $52M investment to revitalize Carrefour Laval and its food court Retrieved 30 April 2018.

External links

  • Official website
  • Satellite image from Google Maps (up to date image)
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