Aberdeen Centre

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Aberdeen Centre
AberdeenCentre.png
Present logo, with Chinese name
Location Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Opening date 1989 (original building)
2003 (current building)
Developer Fairchild Development
Management Fairchild Group
Owner Fairchild Group
No. of stores and services 150
Total retail floor area 380,000 sq ft (35,000 m2)
Parking Yes, covered
No. of floors 3
Website http://www.aberdeencentre.com

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 in the Metro Vancouver area, it also strives an appeal towards non-Asian customers.[citation needed] It was named after the famous Aberdeen Harbour of Hong Kong. Aberdeen Centre is also in the process of constructing a condominium complex attached to the mall itself.

The mall is owned by the Fairchild Group, a company that also owns and operates many of the Chinese language television channels and radio stations in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

Free wireless internet access is available in the mall primarily in the 3rd floor food court.[1]

History[edit]

Image of the original Aberdeen Centre

The original Aberdeen Centre was built in 1989 and was one of the first Asian malls in Canada. It contained about 50 to 75 stores, including a bowling alley and a movie theatre that showed Chinese films. At that time, the Chinese name of the mall was also borrowed from the Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong: which literally means "Little Hong Kong". The mall was called "Little Hong Kong Centre" in Chinese. In fact, Aberdeen Centre is also a large-scale residential development situated on the shores of Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong.

The old Aberdeen Centre logo

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 it was rebuilt for approximately $130 million. Architect Bing Thom was hired to design the building.

The current Aberdeen Centre, opened in 2003, is about three times the original mall's size and has around 100 stores, making it one of the largest malls in Richmond. While the English name remains Aberdeen Centre, the Chinese name of mall was changed to "Era Street". The new mall's primary anchor store is Daiso, which is the company's first store outside of Asia. Other notable stores include a Lamborghini dealership and fashion boutique (replacing the Ferrari-Maserati dealership as of May 2010),[2][3] Starbucks (closed since 2009) and HSBC. There are also a notable number of restaurants located 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

In 2011, a Disney Movie "Geek Charming" was filmed here in Aberdeen Centre using their famous music fountain and etc. sites.

Transportation[edit]

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, which opened on August 2009.

Incidents[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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Coordinates: 49°11′03″N 123°08′01″W / 49.184053°N 123.133639°W / 49.184053; -123.133639