Champlain Mall

The Champlain Mall (French: Mail Champlain) is a shopping mall located in Brossard, Quebec at the intersection of Taschereau Boulevard and Lapinière Boulevard. Champlain Mall is named in honour of Samuel de Champlain but references the Champlain Bridge that was built 13 years prior to the mall's opening.

Champlain Mall
LocationBrossard, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°28′23.91″N 73°28′13.26″W
Address2151, boulevard Lapinière
Opening dateOctober 30, 1975
DeveloperIvanhoe Corporation
ManagementCominar Investment Trust
OwnerCominar Investment Trust
No. of stores and services+- 150
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area715,000 sq ft (66,400 m2). (GLA) [1]
No. of floors1
ParkingOutdoor and 4-level parking garage
Capacity: 4140 cars

Champlain Mall is strategically located in Brossard: on the South Shore's longest commercial artery Taschereau Boulevard (Quebec Route 134), near Autoroute 10 and adjacent to Terminus Brossard-Panama. Thus, the mall attracts about 6.4 million visitors every year.[2]


Champlain Mall's history goes all the way back to October 1957, before the city of Brossard was founded, when Ivanhoe Corporation, through its business partner Westmount Realties Company, acquired a series of lots from La Prairie-de-la-Madeleine Parish with the intent of building a shopping centre at the corner of what is now Provencher and Pelletier boulevards.[3] After Ivanhoe submitted a request on September 12, 1960 to the emerging City of Brossard for the development of land for the shopping mall, it took 15 years for the Champlain Mall to be constructed. Champlain Mall was built in three phases.

The first phase inaugurated on October 30, 1975 with 50 stores, and Sears and Steinberg's as major anchors.[4][5][6] Although the mall itself began operating in October, Sears and Steinberg's had been opened to the public since the beginning of the year, respectively on March 12 and April 16.[7] In the case of Sears, it was its first store in Greater Montreal.[7][8]

The second phase opened on September 1, 1977 with the arrival of another 50 additional stores along with anchor Miracle Mart.[9][5] Miracle Mart's name was transformed to M on September 3, 1986.[10]

The third phase was completed in August 1988 which saw the mall increased its size by 40 percent and reached more than 700 000 square feet.[11][12] As part of this phase was the appearance of The Bay which inaugurated its store on August 3, 1988.[13] An estimate of 50 new boutique spaces were added.[14][15] The portion of Champlain Mall that was added during this expansion corresponds to the two mall wings that both lead to The Bay store. The current food court and multi-level parking lot as well as an amusement arcade (whose space is today occupied by Archambault) all also happened during that third phase.

In 1992, when Steinberg's went bankrupt, Metro Inc. took the space and occupied it until March 2002. An existing Sports Experts in the mall and a new Atmosphere store took the former space of Metro by November of the same year.[16]

Les Ailes de la Mode opened its first chain store at Champlain Mall in August 10, 1994 where used to be the M Store.[17][18][19] On April 21, 2018, Decathlon opened its first Canadian store in the former space of Les Ailes de la Mode (which had closed in 2017).[20][21]

Sears closed on January 8, 2018, less than a week before the company shuttered its last Canadian stores.[22]

Anchors and tenants

This is a list of the major anchors and tenants at Champlain Mall, organized by descending leased area.[23]



Originally developed and managed by Ivanhoe Corporation, Champlain Mall was the joint property of Ivanhoe and Sears.[9] This co-ownership between the two companies would continue well into the 1980s even after the arrival of Sears' competitor The Bay in 1988.[14]

At some point, Sears divested itself from its ownership in Champlain Mall, and the mall became the property at 50% of Ivanhoe Cambridge (the successor of Ivanhoe) and 50% of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP).[25]

In 2014, Ivanhoe Cambridge sold Champlain Mall to Cominar. Cominar also acquired HOOPP's stake in Champlain Mall.[26] However, since Ivanhoe Cambridge acquired an 8,5% stake of Cominar itself, the mall will remain to a certain extent owned by Ivanhoe Cambridge.[25]

See also


  1. "About Us". Mail Champlain. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-05-22.
  2. "Champlain Mall: Profile". Ivanhoe Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2007-02-23. Retrieved 2007-05-22.
  3. "Avis Divers". Gazette officielle du Québec. 7 December 1974. p. 9208.
  4. "Mail Champlain opening page". La Presse. Montreal. 28 October 1975. p. 10.
  5. Pratt, Michel; Pépin, Karol. "Dictionnaire historique de Brossard: M" (in French). Société historique et culturelle du Marigot. Archived from the original on 2005-04-23. Retrieved 2007-05-22.
  6. Lacroix, Yvon-André; Séguin, Claire (1984). Brossard, de 1958 à 1983 : la création et l'évolution d'une banlieue (in French). Brossard, Quebec: Ville de Brossard. p. 97. ISBN 2-920421-00-X.
  7. "Mail Champlain advertisement". La Presse. Montreal. 22 March 1975. p. A11.
  8. "Simpsons-Sears s'implante en force à Montréal". La Presse. Montreal. 7 March 1975. p. B1.
  9. "Le Mail Champlain de Brossard double sa superficie". La Presse. Montreal. 9 January 1977. p. 11.
  10. "Ouverture de Quatre grands magasins "M" dans la région". Boucherville. 3 September 1986. p. 18. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  11. "Le Mail Champlain grandit et se refait une beauté". La Presse. Montreal. 23 August 1988. p. A7.
  12. "Mail Champlain advertizing page". La Presse. Montreal. 23 November 1988. p. 12.
  13. "La Baie advertizing page". La Presse. Montreal. 2 August 1988. p. B12.
  14. "Ivanhoe lance un programme de $100 millions pour moderniser ses installations". La Presse. Montreal. 15 May 1987. p. C3.
  15. "Ivanhoe va dépenser $ 90 millions pour rajeunir ses centres d 'achats". Le Devoir. Montreal. 15 May 1987. p. 9.
  16. "Les Goulet-Veilleux misent sur la rueSte-Catherine et sur Brossard". La Presse. Montreal. 3 April 2002. p. D1.
  17. "Ouverture du premier magasin Les Ailes de la mode". Le Soleil. Quebec City. 9 August 1994. p. C2.
  18. "La mégaboutique les Ailes de la mode prend son envol". La Presse. Montreal. 10 August 1994. p. C3.
  19. "SAN FRANSISCO: [sic] un premier grand magasin". La Presse. Montreal. 25 September 1992. p. B6.
  23. "Champlain Mall: Facts". Ivanhoe Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2007-02-23. Retrieved 2007-05-22.
  25. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-01-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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