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Retail Profile: CF Market Mall in Calgary (Spring 2021)

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Retail Insider continues its Photo Tour series of Canadian malls to provide a glimpse into shopping centres which may be less frequented lately due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This edition takes us to CF Market Mall in Calgary. The shopping centre contains approximately 229 stores over one floor. While it is managed by Cadillac Fairview, ownership is split 50/50 between Cadillac Fairview and Ivanhoé Cambridge.

CF Market Mall from Google Maps
CF Market Mall from Google Maps. Photo: Google Maps with overlays by Retail Insider.
Satellite view of CF Market Mall from Google Maps. Photo: Google.

Market Mall spans more than 918,000 square feet. A Hudson’s Bay store is the main anchor tenant, and five junior anchors include Sport Chek, Sporting Life, Toys ‘R’ Us, Safeway and Old Navy.

History of CF Market Mall

The shopping centre opened in October 1971 and included a Woodward’s department store as a main anchor tenant. As with most malls, CF Market Mall has had several renovations over the years and two notable expansions occurred in 1988 and 2004. The 1988 expansion expanded the food court (and removed a Famous Players theatre which had been operating since 1977) and the 2004 expansion added the south wing plus expanded the food court.

Breaking up Market Mall

CF Market Mall is roughly laid out in an oval (or ‘race track’) like CrossIron Mills (see also Retail Profile: CrossIron Mills in Calgary). As a result, the simplistic, one level layout was divided into four quarters for the purpose of this retail tour.

Tour Zones for CF Market Mall
Tour Zones for CF Market Mall. Photo: Cadillac Fairview
  • Upper Left (highlighted in Green): Main anchors of Sport Chek, Sporting Life and Safeway as well as two exterior retailers being Saks OFF 5TH and Landmark Theatres.
  • Upper Right (highlighted in Yellow): Main anchors Hudson’s Bay and Toys “R” Us.
  • Lower Right (highlighted in Blue): Main anchor Old Navy as well as the food court.
  • Lower Left (highlighted in Red): Notable brands like Lululemon and Rudsak.

Upper Left section of CF Market Mall

The ‘upper left’ quadrant in the southwest corner of CF Market Mall is the first tour zone of the shopping centre. Most of the action at the shopping centre in terms of retail news has taken place in this section.

Exterior retailers in Upper Left (South West Corner) Map of CF Market Mall
Exterior retailers in Upper Left (South West Corner) Map of CF Market Mall. Photo: Cadillac Fairview

This section has two retailers outside of the main shopping centre building which is home to Saks OFF 5th and Landmark Cinemas. The “outparcel site” was redeveloped at a cost of $17.3 million.

Old HomeSense and Staples location at CF Market Mall prior to redevelopment into Saks OFF 5fth and Landmark Cinemas
Old HomeSense and Staples location at CF Market Mall prior to redevelopment into Saks OFF 5fth and Landmark Cinemas. Photo: Google Streetview.
Upper Left (South West Corner) Map of CF Market Mall
Upper Left (South West Corner) Map of CF Market Mall. Photo: Cadillac Fairview

Turning our attention to the main shopping centre building, the main anchor retail tenants for the zone include Sport Chek and Sporting Life as well as grocery retailer Safeway.

Sport Check at CF Market Mall. Photo: Jessica Finch
Sporting Life at CF Market Mall
Sporting Life at CF Market Mall. Photo: Jessica Finch

A number of retailers in this zone had their location in CF Market Mall featured in Retail Insider over the years, including:

General corridor in south west section at CF Market Mall
General corridor in south west section at CF Market Mall. Photo: Jessica Finch

Other retailers in this section of CF Market Mall include Bootlegger/Ricki’s, Caposhie, DavidsTea, Pandora, Eddie Bauer, The Children’s Place, Cleo, Little Burgundy, Twisted Goods, Adesso Man, Jersey City, Call It Spring, EB Games, Soft Moc, Journeys, Mountain Warehouse, Indigo Spirit, Zara, GNC General Nutrition Centre, Sublime, Vans, Jack & Jones, Bath & Body Works, Peoples Jewellers and Saneal Cameras.

Upper Right section of CF Market Mall

The “upper right” quadrant in the northwest corner of CF Market Mall is home to the long-standing anchor tenant, Hudson’s Bay.

Hudson's Bay at CF Market Mall
Hudson’s Bay at CF Market Mall. Photo: Jessica Finch
Upper Right (North West Corner) Map of CF Market Mall
Upper Right (North West Corner) Map of CF Market Mall. Photo: Cadillac Fairview

In addition to Hudson’s Bay, other key tenants include Toys “R” Us and Shoppers Drug Mart.

A number of retailers in this zone had their location in CF Market Mall featured in Retail Insider over the years, including:

Other retailers in this section of CF Market Mall include Boutique of Leathers, La Senza, Urban Planet, Le Chateau, Candy Heaven, The Source, Paper Root Studios, Hakim Optical, Showcase, Zumiez, QE Home, Sephora, Laura, Sleep Country Canada, The Gap, Charm Diamond Centers, House of Knives, Claire’s Boutique and Ardene.

Lower Right section of CF Market Mall

The shopping centre’s food court resides in the northeast section of CF Market Mall forming the ‘lower right’ zone of the retail profile.

Lower Right (North East Corner) Map of CF Market Mall.
Lower Right (North East Corner) Map of CF Market Mall. Photo: Cadillac Fairview

The main anchor in this section is Old Navy spanning 20,000 square feet of retail space.

The food court seating area at CF Market Mall has been shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic but a number of food vendors remained open for takeout service.

Various retailers in this section of CF Market Mall include Atmosphere, Guitarworks, Paws Discovery, Paris Jewellers, Pearle Vision, Northern Reflections, Stokes, The Body Shop, American Eagle, Bentley, Melanie Lyne, Aldo, Talbots, Carat Jewellers, Ann-Louise Jewellers, and Purdys Chocolatier.

Mall corridor in North West section of CF Market Mall
Mall corridor in North West section of CF Market Mall. Photo: Jessica Finch
Children's play area closed due to COVID-19 at CF Market Mall
Children’s play area closed due to COVID-19 at CF Market Mall. Photo: Jessica Finch

Lower left section of CF Market Mall

The final tour section is the southeast portion of CF Market Mall and, while it does not have any large-format retailers, there are a number of recognizable brands residing in this section like Apple, Lush Cosmetics and Lululemon.

Lower Left (South East Corner) Map of CF Market Mall
Lower Left (South East Corner) Map of CF Market Mall. Photo: Cadillac Fairview

A number of retailers in this zone had their location in CF Market Mall featured in Retail Insider over the years, including:

Other retailers in this section of CF Market Mall include Michael Hill, RW&Co., Rudsak, Aveda, Browns, Guess?, Banana Republic, Groovy Handbag, Roots, Bellissima, Sketchers, Steve Madden, Aritzia, La Vie en Rose, Dynamite, Joydrop, Sunrise Records, Saje Natural Wellness, Nespresso, Jewels by Maximes, Swarovski, UNTUCKit, L’Occitane, Birks, Evolution, Oak + Tonic, Lids, MAC, Sunglass Hut, and Kiehl’s.

We had a very interesting photo walk around CF Market Mall in Calgary and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Don’t forget to check out our other retail photo tours over the past few months. Thank you for taking this tour with us.

Article Author

Lee Rivetthttps://retail-insider.com
Lee Rivett, based in Vancouver, supports the digital distribution and technical backend operations of Retail Insider. This includes providing technical support for the editors during the digital publication cycle, streamlining virtual tools for the cross-country team and a variety of other duties which keeps the publication running smoothly.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Very interesting. Thank you!
    I see Urban Planet opened in a former H&M Store. H&M closed and didn’t reallocate ? It is not common to have a major Canadian shopping mall, especially CF, without H&M store.

    • Hi Justin! You are very welcome! Its great doing these tours and being able to share them with our readers! Our RI Editor, Jessica Finch, was at the mall to take the photos and I looked through the photos after your comment – and I can’t believe that I didn’t notice that as well. You are absolutely correct that there isn’t an H&M Store at CF Market Mall at this point and there isn’t anything listed in their mall map either!

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