In a post on the Seattle Transit Blog – “Tear Down the Malls, Build Housing” – commenter ChrisC provides a list that effectively makes the link between profitable mall retail and rapid transit (and half are in Canada):

Of the top 12 malls in North America in sales per square foot, five have a subway station directly attached. Considering how low a percentage of total malls have a subway station attached, that is remarkable:

1. Pacific Centre, Vancouver BC Canada: $1580/sq ft (subway station)
2. Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas NV USA: $1470/sq ft
3. Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto ON Canada: $1320/sq ft (subway station)
4. Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto ON Canada: $1300/sq ft (subway station)
5. Ala Moana Shopping Centre, Honolulu HI USA: $1250/sq ft
6. Oakridge Shopping Centre, Vancouver BC Canada: $1200/sq ft (subway station)
7. Chinook Centre, Calgary AB Canada: $1055/sq ft
8. Mall at Short Hills, Short Hills NJ USA: $1050/sq ft
9. Mall at Millenia, Orlando FL USA: $1040/sq ft
10. Rideau Centre, Ottawa ON Canada: $1020/sq ft
11: Sherway Gardens, Toronto ON Canada: $950
12: Fairview Mall, Toronto ON Canada: $880/sq ft (subway station)