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Retail Profile: Chinook Centre 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 Chinook Centre in Calgary, Alberta, which is owned and managed by Cadillac Fairview. Retail Insider also published a video tour of Chinook Centre during Black Friday in November 2020 and this retail profile builds upon it.

Google Map of Calgary with “CF Chinook Centre Mall” circled
Google Map of Calgary with CF Chinook Centre Mall circled. Photo: Google Map with highlight by Retail Insider
Google Satellite Map of “CF Chinook Centre” in Calgary
Google Satellite Map of CF Chinook Centre in Calgary. Photo: Google Maps

CF Chinook Centre is an indoor shopping centre with approximately 217 retail stores over 1.38 million square feet of retail floor space. For the vehicular-inclined, the shopping centre has 5,500 parking spots and the centre is a 10 minute walk from the Chinook Ctrain light rail station. The shopping centre’s three retail anchors include Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom which opened in the fall of 2014 and Saks Fifth Avenue which opened in early 2018.

History of CF Chinook Centre Mall

Initially built in 1960, the mall has gone through a number of expansions and renovations. A competing mall was built across the street in the 1960s and both merged after coming under common ownership in 1974. A new wing was added in the 1980s for specialty retailers, the entire complex was rebuilt in three phases in 2000, and an expansion adding 180,000 square feet opened in 2010. CF Chinook Centre recently completed a major $101 million redevelopment project that included the new 61 Avenue S.W. pedestrian bridge, the $17 million revitalization of the centre’s Dining Hall to include 835 seats and feature 20 dining retailers (by GH+A Design), and the south property redevelopment. The centre, which featured 45 stores on opening day, now offers more than 250 stores and services.

Breaking Up CF Chinook Centre

In order to make this photo tour manageable, the shopping centre needed to be divided by each floor/level as well as into additional zones.

Lower Level Tour Zones at CF Chinook Centre

The lower level at CF Chinook Centre is very long, stretching north-south in direction with a loop on the northern end.

Lower Level of CF Chinook Centre Tour Zones
Lower level of CF Chinook Centre tour zones. Photo: CF Chinook Mall map with zones overlaid by Retail Insider

The tour zones for CF Chinook Centre’s lower level include:

  • South End (highlighted in Red)
  • Central Zone (highlighted in Purple)
  • Northwest End (highlighted in Orange)
  • Northeast End (highlighted in Green)

Upper Level Tour Zones at CF Chinook Centre

The upper level at CF Chinook Centre does not stretch as long as the lower level and it is home to a substantial food court and various retail stores.

Upper Level of CF Chinook Centre Tour Zones
Upper level of CF Chinook Centre tour zones. Photo: CF Chinook Mall map with zones overlaid by Retail Insider

The tour zones for CF Chinook Centre’s upper level include:

  • Food Court and Central Zone (highlighted in Red)
  • Northwest End (highlighted in Purple)
  • Northeast End (highlighted in Green)

Retail Profile of CF Chinook Centre’s Lower Level

The lower level is the largest retail runway for CF Chinook Centre. A non-retail anchor, Cineplex, is on the south end of the shopping centre and continues to the retail loop on its north end.

South End of CF Chinook Centre’s Lower Level

South End of CF Chinook Centre on the Lower Level
South end of CF Chinook Centre on the lower level. Photo: CF Chinook Mall map with zones overlaid by Retail Insider

The uncontested major tenant on the south end of CF Chinook Centre is Hudson’s Bay. It comes in at 206,514 square feet of retail space stretching across two levels. The store has the most comprehensive selection of designer brands of any Hudson’s Bay store in Alberta.

East Exterior promoting Hudson's Bay near Pottery Barn Kids at CF Chinook Centre
East exterior promoting Hudson’s Bay near Pottery Barn Kids at CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch
Hudson's Bay on CF Chinook Centre's lower level
Hudson’s Bay on CF Chinook Centre’s lower level. Photo: Jessica Finch

Select CF Chinook retailers previously featured in Retail Insider include:

East Exterior of Chapters Indigo at CF Chinook Centre
East exterior of Chapters Indigo at CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Other select retailers in the south end of the mall’s lower level include Old Navy, H&M, Lammie’s Western Wear, Zara, Pottery Barn, Jewels by Maximes, Call It Spring, Bentley, Ricki’s, The Gap, Nature Collection, Garage, Dynamite, Melanie Lyne, Aldo, and la Vie En Rose.

East Exterior of Pottery Barn and The GAP at CF Chinook Centre
East exterior of Pottery Barn and The GAP at CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch
South Building Extension hosting Cineplex and Old Navy at CF Chinook Centre
South building extension hosting Cineplex and Old Navy at CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Central Zone of CF Chinook Centre’s Lower Level

Central Zone of CF Chinook Centre on the Lower Level
Central zone of CF Chinook Centre on the lower level. Photo: CF Chinook Mall map with zones overlaid by Retail Insider
Centre escalators from lower level at CF Chinook Centre
Centre escalators from lower level at CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

The main attraction for this section of the lower level is the main entrance from the east as well as the circular viewpoint that allows visitors to look upwards to the second level. Before we head up to the second level, the tour proceeded around the escalators to continue on the lower level behind the escalators.

Select CF Chinook retailers previously featured in Retail Insider include:

Other select retailers in the centre zone of the mall on the lower level include American Eagle Outfitters, La Senza, Banana Republic, Sunglass Hut, L’Occitane, Chapel Hats, Ecco Shoes, Purdy’s Chocolatier, Club Monaco, Williams-Sonoma, Lululemon, Wilfred, Shoppers Drug Mart, Aritzia, Steve Madden, TNA, Ever New Melbourne, and RW&CO.

Between RW&Co. and Shoppers before entering the North-West End on CF Chinook Centre’s Lower Level
Between RW&Co. and Shoppers before entering the northwest end on CF Chinook Centre’s lower level. Photo: Jessica Finch

Northwest End of CF Chinook Centre’s Lower Level

North-West End of CF Chinook Centre on the Lower Level
Northwest end of CF Chinook Centre on the lower level. Photo: CF Chinook Mall map with zones overlaid by Retail Insider

The feather in CF Chinook Centre’s hat would be the two anchor retailers in this section of the mall. CF Chinook Centre proudly opened Canada’s first Nordstrom store spanning 135,636 square feet in September 2014, additionally the centre opened western Canada’s first Saks Fifth Avenue spanning 115,425 square feet in February 2018.

Nordstrom on the Lower Level at CF Chinook Centre
Nordstrom on the lower level of CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch
Saks Fifth Avenue on the lower level of CF Chinook Centre
Saks Fifth Avenue on the lower level of CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Select CF Chinook retailers previously featured in Retail Insider include:

Other retailers include MAC Cosmetics, The Alley, GNC (General Nutrition Centre), Claire’s, The Source, Ardene, and Zumiez.

Northeast End of Chinook Centre’s Lower Level

North-East End of CF Chinook Centre on the Lower Level
Northeast end of CF Chinook Centre on the lower level. Photo: CF Chinook Mall map with zones overlaid by Retail Insider

The northeast side of the retail loop on the north end doesn’t have any retail anchors over 10,000 square feet in size. Select CF Chinook retailers previously featured in Retail Insider include:

Upscale Monaco-based jeweller APM Monaco announced the leasing of the 1,147-square-foot boutique at CF Chinook Centre in January 2021 and was under construction during our retail photo tour.

"Opening Soon" signage for APM Monaco on lower level of CF Chinook Centre
‘Opening Soon’ signage for APM Monaco on lower level of CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch
Architectural feature in the northeast section of the lower level at CF Chinook Centre
Architectural feature in the northeast section of the lower level at CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Other retailers include Mackage, Apple, Tiffany & Co., Harry Rosen, A|X Armani Exchange, Oak + Fort, Freddy, Abercrombie & Fitch, Urban Outfitters, Plus, Peloton, Icebreaker, Kiehl’s, Coach, Burberry, October’s Very Own, Arc’teryx, and Michael Kors. This would be considered the most upscale section of CF Chinook Centre overall.

Michael Kors and Apple on lower level in CF Chinook Centre
Michael Kors and Apple on lower level of CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch
Canada Goose, Harry Rosen and Armani Exchange on lower level in CF Chinook Centre
Canada Goose, Harry Rosen, and Armani Exchange on lower level of CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Retail Profile of CF Chinook Centre’s Upper Level

The upper level is home to CF Chinook Centre’s renovated food court and is accessible from parking to the west. While there isn’t any additional retail anchors on this level, all of them have a second floor which we won’t go into detail a second time.

Central Zone and Food Court on CF Chinook Centre’s Upper Level

Central Zone and Food Court of CF Chinook Centre on the Upper Level
Central zone and food court at CF Chinook Centre on the upper level. Photo: CF Chinook Mall map with zones overlaid by Retail Insider

Hudson’s Bay is the main anchor for the central zone which is across from Sport Chek — however, the food court is the main attraction for this section of the shopping centre.

Hudson's Bay entrance on upper level in CF Chinook Centre
Hudson’s Bay entrance on upper level in CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch
SportCheck on upper level in CF Chinook Centre
Sport Chek on upper level in CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Cadillac Fairview made a $17-million investment to revitalize the food court at CF Chinook Centre in 2018 to elevate the shopping experience for Calgary consumers by modernizing the area and transforming the space into a CF Dining Hall.

Cafeteria at CF Chinook Centre.
Cafeteria at CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Other retailers include Sport Chek, Foot Locker Kids, DavidsTea, Soft Moc, Mountain Warehouse, Torrid, HotTopic, Sunrise Records, Bath & Body Works, Lego, Volcom, Vans, Champs Sports, Journeys, Bootlegger, Lids, Levi’s, and House of Hoops.

Northwest End of CF Chinook Centre’s Upper Level

North-West End of CF Chinook Centre on the Upper Level
Northwest end of CF Chinook Centre on the upper level. Photo: CF Chinook Mall map with zones overlaid by Retail Insider

The retail loop on the north end of the shopping centre has the second level entrances for both Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

Architectural feature in the northwest section of the upper level at CF Chinook Centre
Architectural feature in the northwest section of the upper level at CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Select CF Chinook retailers previously featured in Retail Insider include:

Celyn Roze, Bailey Nelson and Merle Norman at CF Chinook Centre
Celyn Roze, Bailey Nelson, and Merle Norman at CF Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Other retailers include The Body Shop, Below the Belt, Skechers, Ben Moss Jewellers, Maggie’s Diamond Boutique, West 49, Nutrition House, QE Home, Shefield & Sons, EBX, The Children’s Place, Jersey City, Le Chateau, and The Discovery Hut.

Northwest interior of Chinook Centre
Northwest interior of Chinook Centre. Photo: Jessica Finch

Northeast End of CF Chinook Centre’s Upper Level

North-East End of CF Chinook Centre on the Upper Level.
Northeast end of CF Chinook Centre on the upper level. Photo: CF Chinook Mall map with zones overlaid by Retail Insider

Select CF Chinook retailers previously featured in Retail Insider include:

While onsite, we noticed the 1,077 square foot Sunglass Hut was currently under renovation and reopening soon.

Select retailers include Roots, Swarovski, Little Burgundy, Oakley, Sephora, Jack & Jones, Boathouse, Guess, VVS Jewellers, Eddie Bauer, Hakim Optical, Hollister, Anthropologie, LUSH Cosmetics, Caposhie, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Saje Natural Wellness, Bluenotes and CaseLogix.

We had a very interesting photo walk around CF Chinook Centre Mall in southern 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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    • Correct. This was a ‘retail profile’ focusing on retail aspects of the mall; hence the professional centre omission as the tenants were predominantly medical services (dentists, chiropractors, massage therapists, physicians, optometrists, naturopaths, etc.), accounting services, brokerages and other professional services which aren’t retail-related but yes, they are at the property as well.

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