It’s been a while since we posted anything from Canada, and we don’t want them to feel left out. Cloverdale Mall is a 460,000 square foot enclosed mall anchored by Winners, Zellers, and Dominion, a grocery store. It’s located near the intersection of Dundas St and Highway 427 in the Etobicoke area of west Toronto. There are 105 stores and services in this community-oriented centre, which trends toward service neighborhood-oriented convenience.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Cloverdale Mall is how it exists successfully in the shadow of other malls. Square One Mall in Mississauga, one of the largest malls in North America, is only a few miles away to the west. Sherway Gardens, one of the Toronto area’s largest and most upscale malls, is less than a mile south of Cloverdale. Also, Dixie Outlet Mall, one of Canada’s largest value-oriented malls, is located just two miles away. While Square One, Sherway Gardens, and Dixie Outlet Mall draw from a larger area, Cloverdale Mall’s offerings mainly serve the local convenience of those in west Toronto and eastern Mississauga. Cloverdale focuses on service and convenience, whereas the other malls have their niches as well. However, across Dundas from Cloverdale sits a mostly empty, much smaller, and older enclosed center called Honeydale Mall which has suffered greatly in recent years.
The decor of Cloverdale Mall is decidedly dated yet well kept, which is also alarming considering the competition immediately surrounding the mall. There are few vacancies, attesting to the fact that the locals use this mall frequently. This represents the main difference between how malls in the U.S. function versus those in Canada. Many neighborhood centers such as this one are not only enclosed but relatively large, and often exist in the shadow of other, larger malls more similar to those in the U.S.
I visited Cloverdale Mall in January 2006 and took the pictures featured below. If you have more information, especially about Cloverdale’s history, feel free to leave some comments.