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Chinook Centre

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CF Chinook Centre
CF Chinook Centre logo
Chinook Centre 6.jpg
LocationCalgary, Alberta
Coordinates50°59′54″N 114°04′26″W / 50.99833°N 114.07389°W / 50.99833; -114.07389
Address6455 Macleod Trail SW
Opening dateAugust 16, 1960; 60 years ago (August 16, 1960)
ManagementCadillac Fairview
OwnerCadillac Fairview
No. of stores and services250
No. of anchor tenants3
Total retail floor area1,377,768 square feet (127,998.8 m2)
No. of floors2

Chinook Centre (corporately styled as "CF Chinook Centre") is the largest shopping mall in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is located near the geographic centre of the city on Macleod Trail, north of Glenmore Trail about 5 km (3.1 mi) south of downtown, and three blocks west of the Chinook C-Train station. The mall is operated by Cadillac Fairview.

CF Chinook Centre covers (1,377,768 square feet (127,998.8 m2)) of space, and includes three major anchor stores (Hudson's Bay, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue) and 250 stores and restaurants.[1] As the largest shopping destination in Calgary, it offers a range of mid-priced retailers as well as higher-end offerings in a luxury wing anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. Junior anchors include Sport Chek, H&M, Old Navy, and Chapters.

The centre also includes a professional tower, bowling alley, 900-seat Dining Hall, and the 16-screen Scotiabank Theatre Chinook.

The focal point of the mall is a four-storey-high rotunda, including a time capsule[2] at the centre's axis, set to be opened on December 31, 2999.


Logo used until October 2015
Logo used until October 2015

In 1960, with Calgary's population and city limits rapidly expanding, the first section of Chinook Centre was opened August 16 on the site of the Chinook Drive-In Theatre and the adjacent Skyline drive-in and driving range.[3] Designed as an open-air complex, the mall was anchored by Woodward's, Holt Renfrew, a bowling alley, and a branch of the Calgary Public Library.

In the mid-1960s, a separate mall, Southridge, was opened across the street from Chinook. Built to be a competing centre with Sears and approximately 30 other stores, Southridge operated separately until 1974, when the malls came under common ownership and an expansion was built to bridge the centres together. The new, larger mall was renamed Chinook Ridge Shopping Centre, and included a major enclosed parking structure, a movie theatre, an office tower, and a food court.

Time capsule's cover plate at the four-storey rotunda
Time capsule's cover plate at the four-storey rotunda

In the 1980s, a two-storey wing of specialty retailers was added leading to a new anchor store (fashion retailer Bretton's, since closed) and a new food court. This expansion brought the mall's store count to approximately 300.

A popular feature of the mall was an indoor merry-go-round, which was initially located outside the entrance to The Bay; following the 2000s renovation (see below), the attraction was relocated to the expanded food court. The construction of a pedestrian bridge from the food court required the removal of the carousel in the late 2010s.

2000 overhaul

In the late 1990s, Chinook Centre underwent a $300 million, three-year renovation. The complex was completely rebuilt in three phases, and added new stores for Sears, The Bay and Zellers, as well as the south parkade and theatre complex. The former Chinook Movie Theatre location, which had closed in the early 1990s and converted into a large gaming arcade, became a much-expanded food hall. The move to larger format retailers reduced the number of stores to approximately 200. This re-merchandising program was unkind to smaller, locally owned businesses who were squeezed out by the 'upscaling' of the property. Some relocated to strip malls located near Chinook for a time.

2010 expansion

On September 29, 2010, a major 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m2) 2-level expansion was opened. The new wing added approximately 60 new retailers, many of which were new to the Calgary market or considered high-end luxury brand stores.[4][5] The expansion increased the number of retailers to 250, and added two levels of underground parking.

Pedestrian and transit access

Until the late 2010s, pedestrian access to the mall from east of Macleod Trail was facilitated by way of a thin pedestrian bridge, an underground tunnel, and an at-grade crosswalk. Use of these three options grew after the City's CTrain station was built approximately five blocks east of the mall (a location dictated by the placement of existing rail lines). Concerns over pedestrian safety resulted in a large pedestrian bridge being constructed in the late 2010s; running more than a block, it connects the Dining Hall on the second level to 61st Avenue, which in turn takes pedestrians to the CTrain station. In late 2018, the pedestrian tunnel was closed due to safety concerns, and the new bridge allowed the removal of the at-grade crosswalk at Macleod and 61st.


Former anchors

  • Sears (closed 2012, replaced with Canada's first Nordstrom on September 19, 2014)
  • Zellers (closed 2012, became Target on May 6, 2013 which closed in 2015)

Expansion plans

CF Chinook Centre is currently working on designs to add 2.3 million square feet of retail and mixed-use space.[6][7][8]

Location in Calgary

See also


  1. ^ "Chinook Centre". Archived from the original on July 22, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "Time Capsule Content". Chinook Centre. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Foran, Max (1982). Calgary, Canada's frontier metropolis : an illustrated history. Windsor Publications. p. 306. ISBN 0-89781-055-4.
  4. ^ "Chinook Centre expansion brings 'global brands'". CBC News. September 28, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  5. ^ Chinook expansion to include first Abercrombie & Fitch in Calgary Archived January 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Zickefoose, Sherri (July 27, 2013). "Chinook Centre expansion plan inches closer". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on March 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Chinook Centre announces $275-million expansion". The Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Canwest Publishing Inc. February 15, 2008. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  8. ^ Land Use Planning & Policy (June 2008). "Chinook Station Area Plan" (PDF). City of Calgary. p. 41. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 11, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
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