If you’re looking for all of your favourite retails stores consolidated into a single mall, then you’ll want to visit Sherway Gardens located west of Downtown Toronto in Etobicoke. Since its opening in 1971, the mall has undergone continuous renovations that have increased its total retail space to 1.2 million square feet (soon to be 1.3 million square feet with the addition of a Nordstrom to be completed in 2017). With anchors like Holt Renfrew, Hudson’s Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sporting Life as well as major stores including Harry Rosen, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora, Apple and Indigo Books & Music, Sherway has its sights on surpassing Yorkdale as Toronto’s premiere shopping destination.
Owned by the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan and managed by Cadillac Fairview, Sherway Gardens is the eighth largest mall in the GTA with over 215 stores that that cater to the fashion-conscious and luxury-minded. Its original “S” shaped structure has extended at the tails to resemble more of a figure 8 building in order to accommodate redevelopments and extensions for more retail space.
The interior design of the mall is naturally as luxurious as the stores themselves. Sherway deviates from the typical mall design by combining low ceilings together with a modern concept that makes for an unexpectedly intimate shopping experience. Its French limestone floors, brand new lighting and glass ceilings simply add to Sherway’s state of the art interior.
Speaking of lighting, recent green initiatives have included a combination of sensor and timer controlled lighting fixtures as well as interior and exterior LED light installations in attempt to conserve energy and promote green awareness. Sherway Gardens is also surfaced with a Green Roof, meaning that the roof is partially covered by vegetation purposed in harvesting and filtering rain water naturally.
By now, you might be wondering how to get to Serhway Gardens shopping centre. The mall is accessible by car and by public transit. For drivers, major roads that accommodate entry into the mall include The Queensway, Highway 427, and the Queen Elizabeth/Gardiner Expressway. With 6000 parking spaces surrounding the mall and a prospective 1200 spaces coming within the next year, finding parking should not be an issue. Regarding public transit, there are special TTC routes that serve the mall specifically, including: TTC 15 Evans to Royal York Station, TTC 80 Queensway to Keel Station, TTC 123 Shorncliffe northbound to Kipling Station/southbound to Long Branch Loop, and MiWay 4 Sherway to Glengarry Road via Trillium Health Centre Mississauga Site and Huron Park.