Chartwell Mall

About this Mall

The centerpiece of the Chartwell Plaza  has been, since opening in 1986, a food court showcasing a variety of East Asian style cuisines. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the area was designated as  a commercial zone destined to host the first Chinese Movie Theater in Scarborough, seating 440 patrons and a 130-seat Chinese restaurant. The project was a joint venture of the Monarch Construction group, who owned the land, and Chinese Canadian Businessmen. Yet, this addition to the expanding Scarborough Chinatown was delayed and ultimately altered by a resurgence of the racial tensions that had emerged during the creation of the first Chinese Mall in Scarborough, the Dragon Centre. Once again, tensions crystallized around the amount of parking space needed for the project. However, the community lacked unity on the issue, the Federation of Chinese Canadian in Scarborough for instance recommended that more consultation be undergo to avoid that Chinese customers be blamed for the increased traffic congestion in the area. The project was downscaled and the movie theater development abandoned and the mall opened its door in November 1988. None of the original stands exist anymore in the food courts and the Aromaz Cake and Pastry stands in place of the Saint Anna Bakery.

Sources Consulted:

Marianne Steeves, “Residents Block Chinese Theatre Planned for Mall," Toronto Star, Mar 04, 1986

Wing K. Yung, "Ethnicity and Public Policy The Chinese in Metropolitan Toronto" (PhD diss., University of Toronto, 1998), 273-303

Stores 1991

Tai Cheong Supermarket in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimely [Brimley] road and Huntingwood.

Tai Cheong Supermarket in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimely [Brimley] road and Huntingwood.

1991 Photograph shows the entrance to the Tai Cheong Supermarket in the Chartwell Shopping Centre in Scarborough, Ontario
Sakura Japanese Fast Food in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimely [Brimley] Road

Sakura Japanese Fast Food in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimely [Brimley] Road

1991 Photograph shows Sakura Japanese Fast Food Stall in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimley Road in Scarborough, Ontario
Saint Anna Bakery in the Chartwell Shopping Centre

Saint Anna Bakery in the Chartwell Shopping Centre

1991 Photograph shows the entrance to Saint Anna Bakery LTD in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimley Road in Scarborough, Ontario

Stores 2014

Fish Decoration in Chartwell Shopping Centre

2014 Photograph shows an interior fish display in Chartwell Shopping Centre.

Shing Hing Foods (interior sign) 1

2014 Photograph shows the interior sign of Shing Hing Foods in Chinese in the Chartwell Shopping Centre.

Shing Hing Foods (interior sign) 2

2014 Photograph shows the interior sign for Shing Hing Foods in Chartwell Shopping Centre.

Aromaz Cake & Pastry

2014 Photograph shows the sign for Aromaz Cake & Pastry in Chartwell Shopping Centre.

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Best Choice Fast Food in the Chartwell Shopping Centre

Best Choice Fast Food in the Chartwell Shopping Centre

Photograph shows Best Choice Fast Food in the Food Court of the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimley Road. Photograph shows customers eating and carrying trays. 1991
Saint Anna Bakery in the Chartwell Shopping Centre

Saint Anna Bakery in the Chartwell Shopping Centre

Photograph shows the entrance to Saint Anna Bakery LTD in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimley Road in Scarborough, Ontario 1991
Sakura Japanese Fast Food in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimely [Brimley] Road

Sakura Japanese Fast Food in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimely [Brimley] Road

Photograph shows Sakura Japanese Fast Food Stall in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimley Road in Scarborough, Ontario 1991
Tai Cheong Supermarket in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimely [Brimley] road and Huntingwood.

Tai Cheong Supermarket in the Chartwell Shopping Centre on Brimely [Brimley] road and Huntingwood.

Photograph shows the entrance to the Tai Cheong Supermarket in the Chartwell Shopping Centre in Scarborough, Ontario 1991