Conestoga Mall (Waterloo, Ontario)

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Conestoga Mall
Conestoga Mall logo.jpg
Location Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Address 550 King Street North
Opening date 1978 [1]
Developer Ivanhoe Cambridge, Select Properties Limited
Management Ivanhoe Cambridge
Owner Ivanhoe Cambridge
No. of stores and services 111
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 660,972 sq ft (61,406.3 m2)
No. of floors 1
Website www.conestogamall.com
Entrance on the west side of the mall

Conestoga Mall is a shopping mall located at 550 King Street North in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Located at King Street's interchange with the Conestoga Parkway, it is the largest shopping centre in Waterloo, and third-largest in Waterloo Region.[citation needed] The mall is owned and operated by the shopping centre development company Ivanhoe Cambridge, which is a principal real estate subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.[citation needed]

Anchor tenants include Hudson's Bay, Target, Zehrs, Galaxy Cinemas, Winners, Sport Chek, and Old Navy. The mall, built in 1978, was one of the only buildings on this section of King Street. Since it opened, the mall has been expanded several times, and has contributed to the retail success of this area. Several big box retailers have opened on King Street North around the mall.[citation needed]

Redevelopment[edit]

Conestoga Mall underwent a major $75 million redevelopment project.[2] The project began in mid-2006, and was completed in the spring of 2010. Details of the project include a 130,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) expansion on the south end of the property (recently completed), a renovation and upgrade to the existing building (under construction), a new 700-seat food court with a new south end mall entrance (under construction), and a pedestrian-friendly façade.

The redevelopment was also to include significant traffic improvements to the King Street entrance of the mall. The intersection of Conestogo Road and Kraus Drive were replaced with a roundabout at the City of Waterloo's request. A second entrance was added to King Street in the form of a right in-right out intersection. The traffic upgrades were paid for by Ivanhoe Cambridge as a condition of the City of Waterloo issuing a building permit for the expansion of the shopping centre.[3]

The Bay[edit]

The Bay (now "Hudson's Bay") was moved slightly to the south and was completely rebuilt into a larger store. The new prototype Bay at Conestoga Mall was the first "green" store in the company's portfolio - complete with environmentally-conscious measures such as solar panels, wind turbines, recycled carpet, and waterless urinals. The company also introduced higher end products such as Chanel cosmetics to serve Waterloo's growing affluence.[4] The space left vacated by the old Bay store is planned to be converted into new stores for the fall of 2009.[citation needed]

City of Waterloo Museum[edit]

Conestoga Mall donated 4,000 square feet (370 m2) in the new expansion to the City of Waterloo to establish a permanent museum for the city's heritage artifacts. Over 10,000 of the City's historical artifacts will be displayed in the City of Waterloo Museum. Waterloo's heritage collection has been mainly in storage over the past decade, with most of these artifacts coming from the closure of the Seagram Museum. The City of Waterloo Museum will be located between the new Bay store and food court entrance.[5]

Environmental commitment[edit]

Conestoga Mall is recognized as one of the most environmentally conscious malls in Waterloo Region.[citation needed] Foremost, the mall supports green electricity,[6] purchasing 30% of its common area electricity requirements from Bullfrog Power [1].

Loblaw Superstore controversy[edit]

Loblaw Companies, which operates the Zehrs chain of grocery stores, has owned a large parcel of land to the southwest of Conestoga Mall. Despite much controversy with local citizens and the City of Waterloo, Loblaw planned to close the Conestoga Mall Zehrs and replace it with a much larger approximately 175,000 square foot Real Canadian Superstore.[7] The decision was to have been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, as the City of Waterloo was reluctant to approve the application for various reasons, the main being the land having to be rezoned to major commercial from industrial.[citation needed]

In September 2008, Loblaw sold its land holding to Intelligent Mechatronics Systems, a high tech company for $14.5 million.[8][9] As of May 2009, this tech firm had completed renovations to the existing building on the site, and relocated its operations to this property. IMS plans to employ as many as 160 people within the coming years. Meanwhile, the Conestoga Mall Zehrs remains open.

Anchor stores[edit]

Current anchors[edit]

Sub-anchors[edit]

Former anchors[edit]

  • Robinsons - Opened in 1978. Robinsons went bankrupt in the early 1990s and Hudson's Bay opened in its place.
  • K-Mart - Opened in 1978. K-Mart discontinued its operations in Canada and was then taken over by Zellers - now a Target store which opened in late fall 2013.
  • Dominion - Opened in 1978. The Dominion location was converted to a Zehrs in the 1980s, and Zehrs later relocated to a new and larger location in the mall. In the previous grocery store space, Winners, Sport Chek, and other retailers opened in 1999.

Transit terminal[edit]

Conestoga Mall Transit Terminal
Coordinates 43°29′53″N 80°31′44″W / 43.49806°N 80.52889°W / 43.49806; -80.52889
Owned by Grand River Transit
Line(s)
Platforms 10
Construction
Structure type bus shelters only
Bicycle facilities none
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 1996

The terminal is located beside the King Street main mall entrance, by the Old Navy store. This facility operates as a major hub for Grand River Transit (GRT), with all of the routes that it serves terminating here. The Region's Ion rapid transit system will terminate here as well.

GRT bus service[edit]

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Coordinates: 43°29′53.37″N 80°31′37.22″W / 43.4981583°N 80.5270056°W / 43.4981583; -80.5270056