Carrefour Laval
Carrefour Laval is a super regional mall located in Laval, Quebec, Canada at the intersection of the Laurentian Highway (A-15) and Laval Freeway (A-440). At 115,478 m 2 (1,242,990 sq ft), it is the largest enclosed mall in the Montreal area and also Quebec's largest mall operating on one floor. Carrefour Laval is one of the four fashion centres in the Montreal area that also include Fairview Pointe-Claire, Les Promenades Saint-Bruno and Les Galeries d'Anjou.

The mall has more than 300 stores, boutiques and restaurants. It has five major anchor stores; they are: the Bay, Sears, Simons, Rona and Staples. Various other retailers are represented in the mall, including Vero Moda, Top Shop, ONLY , Jack & Jones, Forever 21, Stuart Weitzman, Lacoste, Guess Accesoiries, Steve Madden, H&M, Zara, HMV, Le Château, Rockport Store, Sports Experts, Old Navy, Browns, B2, American Eagle Outfitters, Renaud-Bray, La Senza, Banana Republic, Subway, A&W, Marciano, Guess Gap, Aldo Groupe, Stone Ridge, Tommy Hilfiger, Aveda, The Body Shop, Crabtree & Evelyn, Telus, Rogers, Fido, Levi's, LensCrafters, Parasuco, Energie/Miss Sixty, GEOX, ECCO, Mephisto Concept Store, Oakley, Mexx, Printwell, Starbucks Coffee Shop, Jacob, Swarovski, The Children's Place, EB Games, Sephora, Joshua Perets, Bath & Body Works, Stitches, MAC Cosmetics, AIX Armani Exchange, BCBG Max Azria, American Apparel among others. Banking services include the Bank of Montreal. Since 1 November 2009, Carrefour Laval requires its food court tenants to use solid dinnerware and cutlery, which it provides, instead of the traditional foam containers found in the vast majority of food courts.

Retail firsts
Carrefour Laval has a reputation of being a stepping door for many international retail chains looking to gain a foothold either in the province, the country or even North America.
  • Armani Exchange inaugurated its first Quebec store on February 2011, between the food court and Les Ailes de la Mode.
  • The first Apple Store in Quebec was opened in 2006 in Carrefour Laval.
  • Though it is no longer in the mall, Games Workshop had its first Quebec store in Carrefour Laval.
  • Jack & Jones and sister chain Vero Moda both opened their first stores in North America at Carrefour Laval during the fall of 2008.
  • Rockport's sole store ever in Quebec has been in Carrefour Laval since 2002.
  • Skechers opened its first Quebec store at the end of the summer 2010 in the revitalized section of the mall near Rona.
  • Stuart Weitzman's shoe company inaugurated its first two Canadian stores on March 15, 2010 in Carrefour Laval and Centre Rockland.
  • Topshop opened its first Canadian store on February 2011 in Carrefour Laval.


Planning for a new mall (1969-1973)
Construction of the mall was first announced on 27 February 1969 by Steinberg's and Eaton's. The consortium announced that a 150-store mall would be built on a 20,000,000-square-foot (1,900,000 m 2) property next to the Laurentian Highway, subject to the construction of the necessary infrastructure by the newly formed city of Laval. The project had been delayed after a zoning bylaw proposed by mayor Jacques Tétreault that would effectively have given the Carrefour Laval consortium a monopoly over the development of the proposed downtown core of Laval was challenged by the opposition and by members of his own party, who supported the construction of a second mall in the immediate vicinity by the Oshawa Group. A zoning amendment proposed by opposition councillor Lucien Paiement (later mayor), which allowed the Oshawa Group to build its own mall was adopted. By then, Morgan's and Simpson's had joined the Carrefour Laval consortium. However, Morgan's dropped out, preferring instead to anchor an expansion of the existing Centre Laval, just 2.5 km (1.6 mi) away on the other side of Highway 15.

  • 1974: Carrefour Laval opens with major tenants Simpsons, Eaton's, Dupuis Frères, Pascal's and Beaucoup. The L-shaped Carrefour Laval has 125 stores. Eaton's and Beaucoup anchor the ends of the mall and Simpsons is at the junction.
  • 1978: Dupuis Frères closes. Wise arrives in the mall.
  • 1981: Simpsons becomes "Simpson", in a symbolic move across Quebec to hide its Anglicized "s".
  • 1983: The mall expands to the west with 100 new stores, a food court and a Sears department store.
  • 1984: The Beaucoup concept is abandoned. Steinberg's and Miracle Mart now have their separate anchor spaces, although they remain side by side.
  • 1986: Miracle Mart's name is shortened to M. A standalone Cineplex Odeon arrives in the mall's parking lot.
  • 1989: Simpsons store converted to the Bay.
  • 1990: Pascal's closes.
  • 1992: Steinberg's and M close.
  • 1994: Rona opens up on what used to be the anchor spaces of Steinberg's and M. The first "Rona L'entrepôt" hardware store ever.
  • 1995: Wise closes.
  • 1996: Les Ailes de la Mode and Staples become new tenants of Carrefour Laval; they both occupy the space of the old Pascal's store.
  • 1999: Eaton's closes.
  • 2000: Cadillac Fairview acquires full ownership of the mall. Until now it was always co-owned by Ivanhoe.
  • 2001: Cineplex Odeon closes.
  • 2002: Carrefour Laval expands with 78 new stores and anchor Simons. Part of this expansion took place on the former spots of the Eaton's store and the Cineplex Odeon movie theater which had both been demolished. The new section of the mall is characterized by its higher roof.
  • 2008: A newer, expanded food court and redesign of the flooring and ceilings is underway and scheduled to be completed in two phases by 2009.
  • 2009: The new food court opens with 22 fast-food outlets, 1200 seats, and an upscale restaurant, Table 51. Conversion of the old 1983 food court into retail space begins.
  • 2010: End of the work for the conversion of the old food court.
  • 2011: Les Ailes de la Mode closes.

Transit centre
An AMT bus terminal is located across boulevard le Carrefour from the Carrefour Laval. From it the STL offers frequent bus service to and from Montmorency metro station, the terminus of the orange line of the Montreal Metro.