Market Village is a mall in Markham
and is a Chinese mall in Toronto
.Built by Cedarland Properties Limited in 1990, it attempts to mirror and mimic a rural town Ontario, the northwest and southeast façades feature barn like and farm house designs. In the 1800s and early 1900s, the property was farmland.
Market Village was originally built as a retail addition to the Cullen Country Barns located to the west side of the new mall along Kennedy
Road.However, the new tenants of the mall were (and still are) mainly catering to Cantonese Chinese clientele and attracted few non-Chinese shoppers in the early years. Some parts of the south side of the mall was enclosed in 1995 (two storey office space was demolished during this time). Many of the original tenants have left and in their place new stores reflecting the retail trends within the Chinese community in the Greater Toronto Area.
Most stores in Market Village are family run stores, but there are a few non-Chinese retailers and some stores with links to Hong Kong
have been opened. Some stores, along with these in Pacific Mall, have been targeted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for selling counterfeit DVDs,video games and CDs. There are currently 149 stores in market village listed on the map at the front entrance.