Present logo, with Chinese name
|Location||Richmond, British Columbia, Canada|
|Opening date||1989 (original building)
2003 (current building)
|No. of stores and services||150|
|Total retail floor area||380,000 sq ft (35,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||3|
Aberdeen Centre is a shopping mall in Richmond, British Columbia. It is located in the Golden Village district on Hazelbridge Way, bordered by Cambie Road to the north. Primarily serves the Asian Canadian population.
Free wireless internet access is available in the mall primarily in the 3rd floor food court.
The original Aberdeen Centre was built in 1989. It contained about 50 to 75 stores.
As new Asian malls such as Yaohan Centre and President Plaza opened, it soon became apparent that the original Aberdeen was too small to compete. It was demolished in 2001, and was rebuilt for approximately $130 million.
The current Aberdeen Centre, opened in 2003, is about three times the original mall's size and has around 100 stores.
The new mall's primary anchor store is Daiso, which is the company's first store outside of Asia. There are restaurants on its upper floors. An indoor musical fountain, similar to the one in front of Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas but smaller in scale, was built at the centre of the mall and performs shows every hour.
In 2006, the mall became home to the operations of Fairchild Group's Chinese-language TV and radio operations in Vancouver. Fairchild Radio (CJVB AM1470 and CHKG FM96.1) now has studios on the second floor, while Fairchild TV and Talentvision have their news studios on the third floor.
On August 8, 2008, the largest viewing party in the Vancouver area for the 2008 Summer Olympics took place at the mall, with thousands of spectators, some of whom had lined up since 3:30 in the morning.
In 2011, a Disney Movie "Geek Charming" was filmed in Aberdeen Centre using their music fountain and etc. sites.
Public transit buses, serviced by TransLink, have connections to the mall, with additional routes to Downtown Vancouver and New Westminster. It is also served by SkyTrain's Aberdeen Station along the Canada Line.
On February 9, 2006, a knife battle between four men occurred in the upper food court area of the mall. One man was fatally stabbed in the heart and died at the scene. Another was seriously injured, suffering a knife wound at the back. The two remaining men fled the scene, leaving horrified shoppers. However, the mall managed to keep open. Film crews who came to report the incident were harassed and chased away by security guards. It was Richmond's first homicide of the year.
On October 26, 2008, a middle-aged Asian man committed suicide by jumping down from the third floor near the food court area. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Richmond RCMP ruled out any foul play and believed it was an isolated suicide incident.
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