Shopping centre redevelopment
CF Fairview Pointe-Claire, a shopping centre in Pointe-Claire on the island of Montreal, Canada, is undergoing major redevelopment with an investment of approximately C$100m ($81.8m).
The mall is jointly owned by Canadian real estate investment firms Cadillac Fairview and Ivanhoé Cambridge. The Canadian shopping centre redevelopment is part of the wider plans to create a new downtown in Montreal’s West Island.
The multi-phase mixed-use downtown project involves the development of the land near CF Fairview Pointe-Claire to create residential and office towers, hotels and parks. It is centred by the new Réseau express métropolitain (REM) light-rail transit station, and the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) bus terminus.
The project is expected to enhance the overall property and expand its retail space. The development of the mall and the adjacent lands will create a new vibrant city centre for the entire West Island. A new food court at the mall, known as the District Gourmand, was opened to the public in April 2021 as part of the redevelopment.
The CF Fairview Pointe-Claire shopping mall is located in the city of Point-Claire at the intersection of Trans-Canada Highway and Saint-Jean Boulevard.
It can be accessed from the Côte-Vertu Metro Station by the 470 Express Pierrefonds West Bus.
In June 2018, Cadillac Fairview and Ivanhoé Cambridge announced the redevelopment plans to welcome La Maison Simons, a Canadian fashion retailer, at the mall. Set to open in 2022, the new store will become the retailer’s first location in the West Island. It will occupy the space of the former Sears store at the western end of the property on the second and third floors.
Completed in May 2021, the latest phase of the renovation of the shopping facility involved the enhancement of the mall’s common areas, exterior facades and remodelling of the centre’s food court.
The redevelopment project includes a new contemporary design to improve the experience of shoppers. The improved design is visible throughout the shopping facility, including common areas, new stairs to the second floor and an elevator.
The redeveloped mall will introduce new retailers that will complement existing retailers such as Aritzia, Apple, Lululemon, H&M, Sports Experts, Zara and Hudson’s Bay.
The former food court area is being remodelled to accommodate new retailers including Dollarama and Linen Chest. The shopping facility has an electric vehicle charging station equipped with one level three DC Flo fast charger and two level-two Flo chargers. Amenities also include a nursing room, wheelchairs and walkers, Wi-Fi and an information centre.
The new District Gourmand is spread across an area of 30,000ft² on the main level of the former Sears building.
Dining options at the District Gourmand include A&W, Souvlaki Bar, Koryo, Bento Sushi, Real Fruit Bubble Tea, Thai Express and Rock’N Deli. Other restaurants that will open in September 2021 include Boustan, Grillade Torino and Place Tevere.
The expanded dining offering will include 17 new food retailers and four dine-in restaurants, of which three restaurants will include exterior entrances and terraces with outdoor seating.
Set to open in June 2021, Tommy Café + Apéro is a coffee shop and bar designed with modern design, mid-century furniture and Victorian architecture. Two additional restaurants are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
CF Fairview Pointe-Claire partnered with Canadian food waste management and recovery solutions company Solucycle as part of its national sustainability programme.
The shopping centre is implementing sustainability in its operations and reducing operating costs through a series of measures including the upgrade of cooling systems, rainwater recovery, reduction of energy consumption and participation in power-management projects by Quebec-based utility firm Hydro- Québec.
The mall has a large free parking lot near the main doors, accommodating approximately 5,500 vehicles. Furthermore, the mall has disabled parking space near the main entrances.
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