Market Mall (Saskatoon)
Market Mall facing East, McEown Avenue entrance.
|Location||2325 Preston Avenue
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Opening date||Nov. 22, 1966|
|Management||Redcliff Realty Management |
|No. of stores and services||over 90|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||285,611 square feet  / 26,534.1 m²|
|Parking||921 surface, 452 in two level underground parkade|
|No. of floors||1|
Market Mall is a shopping centre located in the Nutana Suburban Centre area on the east side of Saskatoon. Built in the 1960s as Saskatoon's first enclosed shopping centre, it has undergone four major expansions since the late 1970s and now houses approximately 90 stores and services, anchored by Safeway (a second anchor bay is vacant as of August 2012 following the closure of Zellers). It also contains a 18-hole miniature golf course, Ticketmaster booth, and a 6 bay City of Saskatoon Transit terminal that was added in 2006. It is a major regional mall for the area, and is also frequently used by residents of the many seniors homes in the area; it is also located near two high schools.
An iconic feature of the mall is its two large facing skylights which provided natural light to the mall interior for much of its early history. One of the mall's expansions/renovations in the 1980s closed off the skylights, though the structures remain in place as a local landmark.
Market Mall is located on Preston Avenue on land bounded by Adelaide Street to the North, Louise Street to the South; Preston Ave South to the West, and McEown Avenue to the East. It originally shared this property with several other businesses, including a branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and a car wash, but expansions to the mall and its parking resulted in these structures being demolished in the 1980s. In the 1990s, an indoor miniature golf course was added, which remains in operation as of 2013.
A partial listing of a few retail outlets in Market Mall are as follows. These tenants are online with their locations as listed. The tenants in any given shopping mall are subject to change.
- Air Source / Roger's Wireless
- Awl Shoppe, The
- Boutique of Leathers 
- Fabricland 
- Canada Safeway
- Sangster's Health Centre
- The Source (formerly RadioShack)
- Taco Time
- Tip Top Tailors
- Wireless Age 
Former anchor tenants have included Zellers, Kmart, Canadian Tire, Stedmans and a department store that at varying times used the brandings Macleods and Gambles before it was finally closed in the early 1990s. The Kmart location was constructed as part of the mall's most-recent expansion in the early 1990s (which included the addition of a two-level underground parking garage), and was later taken over by Zellers, initially under the branding Zellers Select before subsequently reverting to the standard Zellers brand. In the early 1990s the mall also hosted Electric Glide, a pay-per-visit arcade featuring laser tag.
In September 2011 it was reported that Target Canada, as part of its takeover of the Zellers chain, had purchased the leasehold for the Market Mall location with the possibility of it being converted to a Target store in the future. Prior to this, in June 2011, mall management announced that the Zellers location would close in 2012 to facilitate plans to build an 18,000-sq.-ft. expansion to the mall and add a residential component. Ultimately, the Zellers location did close in the spring of 2012, and as of January 2013 the department-store sized bay has a "for lease" sign on it with no indication as yet what if anything will replace it.
During the history of the mall, it has undergone 4 major expansions.
- 1980: 4,738 sq. metre expansion off the southeast corner of the mall added a number of shops as well as a liquor store.
- 1982: 3,500 sq. metre expansion allowed Canada Safeway to double the size of its store.
- 1987: 4,000 sq. metre expansion sparked by the departure of Canadian Tire from the mall added a food court.
- 1990s: Further expansion following the closure of Macleod's added a Kmart (later Zellers) anchor store, an indoor miniature golf course attraction, and underground parking.
- "Unique Mall to Open", Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Nov, 21, 1966
- Directwest, A Sask Tel Company (2006/2007). (eds.), ed. Sask Tel Phone Book. www.directwest.com. p. 1424.
- AirSource URL accessed January 27, 2007
- Fashion Leather Clothing - Boutique of Leathers URL accessed January 27, 2007
- Your Fabric Authority, Fabricland is proud to be the largest retail fabric store chain in Canada
- Sangster's Health Centres :: Canada's Number One Health and ... URL accessed January 28, 2007
- All the Best from SydSilver.com > Tip Top Locations URL accessed January 28, 2007
- Wireless Age Retail URL accessed January 27, 2007
- Three Target stores proposed for Saskatoon, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Sept. 23, 2011, retrieved Jan. 6, 2012
- "Zellers leaving Market Mall", SaskatoonHomePage.ca, Paul Burke, June 3, 2011; retrieved Jan. 6, 2012
- "Market Mall Grows Into the Future" (promotional advertising feature), Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Sept. 4, 1980; retrieved June 25, 2012
- "Market Mall to Expand", Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Feb. 23, 1982; retrieved June 25, 2012
- "Mall Plans $3-million Expansion", Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Oct. 1, 1986; retrieved June 25, 2012