Montreal Eaton Centre
Atrium of Montreal Eaton Centre
|Location||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Address||705 Saint-Catherine Street West; Montreal, QC; H3B 4G5|
|No. of stores and services||175|
|Total retail floor area||26,941.9 m2 (290,000 sq ft)|
|Parking||Metropolitain Parking (492 spaces underground)|
|No. of floors||5|
The Montreal Eaton Centre is a shopping mall located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is the largest mall in downtown Montreal. It is located in the heart of the Montreal underground city, and is connected to the Montreal underground metro system via McGill metro station.
The mall owner, Ivanhoe Cambridge, announced in March 2014 that it will merge the Montreal Eaton Centre with the neighbouring Complexe Les Ailes mall, and the newly merged complex will be renamed. The two malls will be renovated so that they will have the same "look and feel" once merged.
Montreal Eaton Centre is located on Sainte Catherine Street, one of Montreal's primary shopping streets, and is adjacent to the former Eaton's department store (now a shopping and office complex known as the Complexe Les Ailes). The centre is connected to McGill metro and the Montreal Underground City. Its main entrance is on the north side of Saint Catherine Street, just east of Place Montreal Trust.
The mall has four levels open to the public and contains more than a hundred stores and shops, and a food court.
The site that the Montreal Eaton Centre occupies was previously the Les Terrasses mall, which operated from 1976 to 1987. It was built atop the now-defunct Victoria Street, the road and its buildings having been expropriated for construction of the mall.
As with the existing mall, Les Terrasses was connected to the metro, the Underground City and the now-defunct Eaton's department store, however it differed in many respects from the current Eaton Centre. In particular, the mall layout was a triangular spiral, with gradually-rising interconnected floors, approximately 45 feet (14 m) high in total. Though it had three escalators, one at each point of the triangle, patrons could gradually walk to the top of the mall. Floors were colour-coded and the mall was adorned with trees, plants and ivy. It housed 140 stores, each facing towards the centre of the triangle. It was demolished after only one decade of use and, following extensive construction, reopened as the Montreal Eaton Centre in 1991. Eaton's department store, for which it was named, closed in 1999.
Les Terrasses/Montreal Eaton Centre was managed by Rouses Quebec Corporation Development and York Hannover Development (from 1978 to 1993). In September 1997, after the demise of Services de Gestion CEM Inc., Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. took over the shopping centre.
On July 1, 2000, Ivanhoe Cambridge (then known as Ivanhoe) acquired the mall through an exchange of assets. Cadillac Fairview ceded the Montreal Eaton Centre in exchange of Ivanhoe's stakes in Carrefour Laval and Promenades Saint-Bruno.
- Fournier, Marie-Eve (21 March 2014). "Les Ailes fermeront aussi à Brossard et à Sainte-Foy". La Presse. Archived from the original on 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
-  Construction of Les Terrasses
-  Demolition plans for Les Terrasses
- Montreal Gazette: "Grévin Montréal wax museum opens", April 17, 2013.
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