Sneak Peek Inside CrossIron Mills

Posted by: Kenny Chan onAugust 14th, 2009

Last week, I was fortunate enough to be given a quick tour of the new mall opening just north of Calgary, CrossIron Mills. The mall is loosely based on Vaughn Mills, a mall just north of Toronto so if you’ve been there you’ll know what to expect. The Grand Opening of the mall is just a few days away, Wednesday August 19th. Doors will open at 9:00am with a quick ceremony at 9:30am. Stores will open at 10:00am.

The first impression upon arriving at the mall is that it is huge. As the mall is located literally in the middle of nowhere, there is plenty of land for the mall to build on. The mall feels much larger than say Chinook Centre but that is mainly because CrossIron Mills has all of its stores spread out over a single floor. As a navigational aid, the mall is broken up into six neighborhoods with the stores in each neighborhood all centered around a common theme. I suspect many shoppers will be interested in the Fashion neighborhood.

Unfortunately one of the most anticipated stores and an anchor for the Fashion Neighborhood, Holt Renfrew Last Call will not be opening up their store at the mall.

“We did have a signed lease with them. They were in the process, I understand, of reviewing their own internal business strategy and have made the decision not to open on the 19th.” John Scott, vice-president of development with mall owner Ivanhoe Cambridge explains. “It’s something we are in the process of working through with them and discussing with them,” he said.

While you are there checking out the mall, you must save some time to visit the Bass Pro Shop. The 150,000+ square foot store is an experience on its own. You may as well bring a camera because the store puts some museums to shame.

Here are some quick pictures that I snapped of the mall itself.

Big Compass at the Food Court

Big Compass at the Food Court

Fashion Neighborhood at CrossIron Mills

Fashion Neighborhood at CrossIron Mills

Banana Republic Factory Store

Banana Republic Factory Store

Resources Neighborhood CrossIron Mills

A look down the Resources Neighborhood

Toys R Us at CrossIron Mills

Toys R' Us with Dino Bones in Ceiling

Pump Jack Artwork at CrossIron

Pump Jack pushing colored fluid around

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  1. terry says:

    great pics, looks great

  2. Syritis says:

    the open ceilings make it look cheap like a warehouse but i guess deerfoot mall has the same thing in some sections. maybe i’ll have an excuse to go check out the place when stoney trail is finished

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