Lloyd D. Jackson Square
|Location||2 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 1A1, Canada|
|No. of stores and services||Approximately 230 |
|Total retail floor area||Approximately 390,000 square feet|
|No. of floors||2|
Lloyd D. Jackson Square, also known as Jackson Square, is an indoor shopping mall in the Lower City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, named after Lloyd Douglas Jackson, the mayor of the city in the 1950s. The mall is located in the centre of the city, bounded by several major arterial roads: King Street (south), Bay Street (west), York Boulevard (north) and James Street (east). The address of the mall is 2 King Street West. The mall was opened in 1970.
Known as Jackson Square by the locals, this mall is part of Hamilton's "Super Block", which includes the Hamilton Public Library, Stelco Tower, Copps Coliseum, Sheraton Hamilton, the Hamilton Farmer's Market, the Standard Life Building and the former Eaton's Centre now known as the Hamilton City Centre. It is also known as an "indoor core connector" to the Convention Centre (Ellen Fairclough Building), Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Place Theatre across the street: all three downtown landmarks are connected to the mall by a skywalk that crosses over King to Jackson Square.
Phase 1 of Jackson Square was completed in 1972, including the Bank of Montreal Pavilion. In 1973 Stelco Tower was completed. At the time of completion, Stelco Tower was the tallest building in Hamilton; that title only lasted for a year, until Landmark Place (formerly known as the Century 21 building) was completed in 1974.
In 1977, the second phase of Jackson Square was completed with a six-storey office tower, but not the department store intended to be its major attraction. In 1983, the Standard Life Centre office tower opened at the west end of Jackson Square. In 1985, the Sheraton Hamilton, connected to Jackson Square, opened, boosting downtown Hamilton's hotel space. Also in 1985, Copps Coliseum, sports and entertainment arena with a capacity of up to 19,000 (depending on event type and configuration) opened its doors for business. It's named after the former Hamilton mayor, Victor K. Copps. The first major hockey tournament the new Arena hosted was in 1986 when the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship Games were held in the city. The Soviets captured gold against Team Canada with a top scoring line that consisted of Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure.
In 1997, the Bank of Montreal moved out of Jackson Square, where it had been a major first tenant, and into its own building at Main and Bay. In 1999, Eaton's closed as the department store chain collapsed and Hamilton's Eaton's Centre was now known as the Hamilton City Centre.
Inside the mall are two food courts, the Food Festival and the Market Court. The latter leads to the back-end of the Hamilton Farmer's Market. Many stores, restaurants and a movie cinema are included in the mall's inventory. The mall is also equipped with elevators, escalators, pay phones at all entrances, public washrooms, a lost & found department and an underground parking lot with two entrance/exits, one on King Street West and the other on Bay Street North.
Jackson Square tenants by category & number:
- Cards & Stationery (3), includes Jackson Station Post Office
- Children's Fashions (2)
- Financial Services (6), includes Royal Bank, Bank of Montreal, TD Canada Trust
- Food Stores/ Restaurants (31), includes Denningers
- Footwear (4),
- General (26), includes Mr. Print-All, Small Business Enterprise Centre
- Government (3)
- Hair Salons (3)
- Jewellery (8)
- Ladies' Fashions (7) includes Urban Planet
- Medical Health (10), includes a fitness centre and a dental office
- Music, Entertainment, Books, Photography (6), includes Japan Camera and Landmark Cinemas
- News & Tobacco (5), includes United Cigar Store and Gift Post
- Specialty Shops (31), includes the LCBO, The Source (retailer), Grand and Toy, Tim Hortons, Harmony Global Arts and Crafts, Core Sports
- Travel (2)
- Unisex (11), includes Roots Canada,
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