Galleria Shopping Centre

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For the Australian mall of the same name see 385 Bourke Street and Galleria.
Galleria Shopping Centre
Location 1245 Dupont Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Opening date 1972
Owner Marca Development Corporation[1]
No. of stores and services +40 (including kiosks)
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 21,124 m2 (227,380 sq ft)
No. of floors 1
Website www.galleriashoppingcentre.ca

The Galleria Shopping Centre (also known as Galleria Mall) is a shopping centre located at Dufferin and Dupont streets in Toronto, Canada. The shopping centre is a single storey, enclosed (one of only three enclosed Shopping Centres in the Old City of Toronto), and has approx. 50 tenants. It was opened in 1972 and has an area of 21,124 m2 (227,380 sq ft).[2]

The shopping centre's largest tenant is a FreshCo supermarket (formerly Price Chopper), with the remainder a mix of discount retail and services. The stand alone McDonald's immediately adjacent to the street corner is actually an outparcel tenant of the centre.[2] Planet Fitness has announced it will open a 20,000 sf gym and fitness centre at the mall in December 2014.[3]

The mall has lacked a true anchor tenant and store closures over the years have raised concerns over its viability. The loss of Zellers and a popular sports bar in 2012 and 2011, respectively, led to a downturn in already depressed footfall.[4] A report from 2011 described the mall as badly needing a makeover with decor that appears to date to its opening in the 1970s.[5]

Mall management counters that there have been significant openings, refurbishments, and expansions at the centre in subsequent years. The fitness announcement is listed as part of a redevelopment that includes the doubling of the Pet Valu location.[2] The Planet Fitness will be the first of its kind in Canada.[3]

Location and site[edit]

The shopping centre is located on Dufferin Street, a major Toronto north/south artery and Dupont Street halfway way between the Annex neighbourhood and the Junction in the Wallace Emerson neighbourhood of west-central Toronto. The shopping Centre sits on about 12 acres of land.[6] Areas to the east and west are dense residential with high rise residential. The mall has served as an important community hub over decades and has been called a trailblazer in ethnic diversity.[7]

The mall's site has been termed a "greyfield"—a large, developed urban site that is economically failing and thus ripe for redevelopment. Extensive discussion was undertaken in the early 2000s about demolishing the mall to make way for as many as six residential condo towers. Approvals were granted in 2004.[1] However, a mixture of tenancy issues and resident concerns brought a halt to the plans.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Toronto Staff Report" (PDF). City of Toronto. May 25, 2004. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Galleria Shopping Centre". Galleria Shopping Centre. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Jermyn, Diane (October 31, 2014). "Popular U.S. fitness franchise brings ‘judgment-free’ ethos to Canada". The Globe and Mail. 
  4. ^ Battersby, Sarah-Joyce (April 23, 2012). "The Galleria's glaring hole". The Grid. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Urback, Robyn (May 13, 2011). "Toronto malls in need of makeovers: Galleria Mall". BlogTO. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b McKay, David (April 2, 2007). "Redeveloping Greyfields in the Greater Toronto Area" (PDF). University of Toronto. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  7. ^ McConvey, Joel (September 12, 2012). "Amigos on Dupont". The Grid. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 

Coordinates: 43°40′03″N 79°26′31″W / 43.6675°N 79.442°W / 43.6675; -79.442