Centre Laval

Centre Laval is a shopping centre located in the Chomedey district of Laval, Quebec, Canada, at the corner of Saint-Martin West and Le Corbusier boulevard. It is a 10-minute walk from the Montmorency metro station in nearby Laval-des-Rapides.

Centre Laval
Coordinates45.5624°N 73.7315°W / 45.5624; -73.7315
Address1600 Le Corbusier Blvd.,
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Opening dateMarch 26, 1968
ManagementCominar [1]
OwnerCominar [1]
No. of stores and services130+
No. of anchor tenants8
Total retail floor area699,685 sq ft (65,002.9 m2) (GLA)[2]
No. of floors1
Websitecentrelaval.com/en

Though located only 2.5 km (1.6 mi) away from the bigger and more popular Carrefour Laval, Centre Laval is a large shopping mall in its own right with nearly 700,000 square feet (65,000 m2) of retail space.[2] It has 130 shops, services and department stores, including anchors Hudson's Bay, Marshall's/HomeSense, The Brick, Best Buy, Staples, Lee Valley, Avril Supermarché Santé and Sportium. Other tenants of importance include Sports Experts, Mark's and Ares. There is also a branch of the Bank of Montreal.

History

Centre Laval was Laval's first modern, enclosed shopping mall.[3] Until then the block-long St Martin strip mall built in 1956 by Ivanhoe had been the largest. Centre Laval began in 1968 with 50 stores and anchored by Famous Players theatre, Woolco and Steinberg's.[3][4] A mall expansion was supposed to be anchored by Morgan.[5] But by the time the expansion was completed, the Morgan chain had been renamed to The Bay and the store at Centre Laval inaugurated on August 17, 1972 under the new banner.[6] Centre Laval had two more expansions before reaching its current size in 1988.[2]

The Woolco store became a Walmart when the company purchased Woolco Canada in 1994 to establish a Canadian presence.[7][8] Staples Canada acquired the lease of the defunct office supply chain Club Biz and opened its Centre Laval store on June 1, 1996.[9] Club Biz, which was founded in 1991 by executives of Steinberg's, had taken over in 1993 the space at Centre Laval of the defunct supermarket following the latter's closing in 1992.

Walmart left Centre Laval in November 2012 to relocate as a Walmart Supercentre on the site formerly occupied by Centre 2000.[10] Walmart's location at Centre Laval was demolished to allow a Target store on its emplacement from 2013 to 2015. As of September 2017, part of that space is now occupied by a Sportium sport equipment store. In 2018 more space is being occupied by Avril Supermarché Santé, Marshalls and HomeSense.[11]

Lee Valley opened its first store in the province on October 3, 2018.[12]

Ownership

In April 2007, Homburg Invest Inc acquired Alexis Nihon REIT and thereby officially took ownership of the shopping centre.[13] Centre Laval was transferred to Homburg Canada REIT in 2009 which eventually changed to Canmarc Real Estate Investment Trust in September 2011.[2][14]

Since March 2012, Centre Laval is owned and managed by Cominar following its acquisition of Canmarc.[1][14]

See also

References

  1. "Centre Laval - About us". Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust. Archived from the original on June 22, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  2. "Centre Laval - Canmarc REIT". CANMARC REIT. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  3. "Centre Laval". La Presse. Montreal. 26 March 1968. p. 26.
  4. "Centre Laval advertisement page". La Presse. Montreal. 26 March 1968. p. 25.
  5. "Morgan's plans to build 110,000 square foot store". The Gazette. Montreal. 25 May 1971. p. 34. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  6. "Nouveau magasin La Baie, à Laval". La Presse. Montreal. 15 August 1972. p. D1.
  7. "Wal-Mart fait trembler la concurrence mais saliver les consommateurs". La Presse. Montreal. 18 January 1994. p. C10.
  8. "Walmart déménage son vieux magasin de Laval". La Presse. June 8, 2011.
  9. "Quatre nouveaux bureaux en gros". La Presse. Montreal. 31 May 1996. p. C4. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  10. St-Armour, Stéphane (2012-07-26). "La chaîne Target s'installera au Centre Laval". Courrier Laval. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  11. Laval, Centre. "Centre Laval annonce officiellement la venue de Marshalls et HomeSense". www.newswire.ca.
  12. "Lee Valley to open first store in Quebec at Centre Laval | Montreal Gazette". September 26, 2018.
  13. "Homburg and Alexis Nihon announce closing of sale of industrial and office properties of Alexis Nihon to Comin". CNW Group. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  14. "Canmarc accepts latest Cominar bid". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
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