The food court at the CF Chinook Centre is slated to undergo its first makeover since 2000 as owner Cadillac Fairview announced a $17 million plan Monday to transform the space into a CF Dining Hall. The upgrades, encompassing 30,000 square feet, look to improve the aesthetics, design and capacity of the space by modernizing units and enhancing decor like tiling and furniture.

"Dining is an essential aspect of the overall shopping centre experience and we are delighted to evolve the centre's food court into a signature CF Dining Hall where guests can enjoy culinary delights in a premium environment," said Josh Thomson, Vice President, Development, Cadillac Fairview. "Not only does this redevelopment reaffirm our dedication to providing a premium shopping experience for Calgarians, but it also reinforces our long-term commitment to the City of Calgary."

CF Chinook Centre, image retrieved from Google Maps

The revamp will include 835 seats and 20 dining options and will feature direct access to the newly opened pedestrian bridge over Macleod Trail. The shopping mall's existing outdoor patio will also be renovated. The company is committing an additional $4.5 million to refurbish the south portion of the centre in 2018 with new tiling and railings. 

The project will be completed over two phases in order to maintain partial operation of the food court. The first phase is set to begin this month with the closure of the south half of the court, with construction to finish in June 2018. The second phase will begin this summer as the north half closes, and is scheduled to complete in October 2018.

The announcement comes just weeks before Saks Fifth Avenue makes its debut in Calgary, becoming the third such store in the country and the first in Western Canada.

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