which was once Canada's largest department
store chain, partnered with development
companies throughout the 1970s and
1980s to develop downtown shopping
malls in cities across Canada. Each
mall contained an Eaton's store, or
was in close proximity to an Eaton's
store, and typically the mall itself
carried the "Eaton Centre"
name. These joint-ventures represented
a significant retail development trend
in Canada during that period. With
the demise of the Eaton's chain in
1999, and the retiring of the Eaton's
name as a retail banner in 2002, some
of these malls have been renamed,
although three of the larger ones
continue to carry the Eaton name.
Some malls in smaller urban areas,
which were typically the least successful
of all the Eaton Centre developments,
have been demolished or converted
to other, non-retail uses.