Several Sports-Related Retailers to Open at CF Market Mall in Calgary [Exclusive/Interview]


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Several new retailers, with a sporting twist, will be opening their doors at CF Market Mall in the coming months, Retail Insider has learned.

Paige O’Neill, General Manager of the popular shopping centre in northwest Calgary, told Retail Insider that stores set to open include Decathlon, JD Sports, Team Town, Milk Run and Athleta.

“Taking the old Saks OFF 5TH is Team Town which is a concept from Sporting Life,” she said. “They’re probably going to be open in the early spring. We also have JD Sports joining us. Decathlon is taking over the Toys R Us store. They are opening in the summer.

Saks Off Fifth at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)

“We also have Athleta joining us. That’s a summer time opening as well. The athletic wear is just on fire. With COVID and people working from home, retailers have come into overlapping sort of work attire, athleta wear, depending on perhaps your company what business casual means these days. But athleta wear is definitely the hot ticket item . . . The cross shopping (with other stores such as lululemon) is really beneficial for all of the clients. It’s very popular and in demand.”

CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)
Future True North Mortgage at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)

Also coming to the mall is True North Mortgage. 

The Starbucks, located at the busy entrance where the Apple store is situated, is currently undergoing a renovation to put in one of its newest concepts. 

Coffee is a mainstay at many shopping centres across the country. And CF Market Mall has all the bases covered from top line national brands to a popular local independent.

Apple Store at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)

This past year a Tim Hortons opened in the mall in a former Starbucks space. 

“I think we’ve got every kind of coffee client covered now,” said O’Neill. “So lots of choices depending on your coffee tastes.”

The mall also has a Second Cup and a Deville coffee shop.

Deville Coffee at CF Market Mall (Image: Cadillac Fairview)
Hurry Curry at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)

Hurry Curry in the food court opened in December. Two other food establishments – Lava Grill and Stuffies Pastries – are expected to open in the near future. 

“We’re very happy that these will be joining because we’ve had some down time in the food court for awhile.”

Future Lava Grill at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)

CF Market Mall has just over 200 stores and just over 900,000 square feet of real estate.

“A lot of our clients through Christmas were temp clients that have moved on,” said O’Neill as the mall shuffles through its tenant mix in the coming months.

Future Stuffies at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)
Updated Bath & Body Works Concept at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)

Bath & Body Works also renovated into its new concept and opened prior to Christmas. 

In the former Bath & Body Works location, the concept Milk Run will be joining the tenant mix at CF Market Mall.

“They have a location at CrossIron Mills. It’s a very neat concept. Their products are branded Milk Run. They do nice fun build outs and it’s everything from baseball hats to T-shirts to sweatshirts . . .  the whole nine yards. It’s kind of a unique concept I think will resonate here with the clients at Market Mall,” said O’Neill.

“It’s a temporary client. But you never know it could become a permanent one.”

CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)
Apple Store at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)
Specsavers at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)
Just Cozy at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)
Sporting Life at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)
Apple Store at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)
Northern Reflections at CF Market Mall (Image: Mario Toneguzzi)
Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training. Mario was named as a RETHINK Retail Top Retail Expert in 2024.


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