Market Mall (Saskatoon)

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Market Mall
MarketMall-S-Sk2.jpg
Market Mall facing East, McEown Avenue entrance.
Location 2325 Preston Avenue
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7J 2G2
Opening date Nov. 22, 1966[1]
Management Redcliff Realty Management [1]
No. of stores and services over 90
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 285,611 square feet [2] / 26,534.1 m²
No. of floors 1
Parking 921 surface, 452 in two level underground parkade
Website www.saskatoonmarketmall.com
Market Mall sign
Market Mall facing West, Preston Avenue entrance, seniors' complex visible in background.

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 May 2014 following the closure of Zellers). It also contains an 18-hole indoor miniature golf course, Ticketmaster booth, a bingo gaming facility, and a 6 bay City of Saskatoon Transit terminal that was added in 2006. .

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.

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.

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.[2] 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.[3] Ultimately, the Zellers location did close in the spring of 2012, and as of May 2014 the department-store sized bay had a "for lease" sign on it with no indication as yet what if anything will replace it.

Expansions[edit]

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.[4]
  • 1982: 3,500 sq. metre expansion allowed Canada Safeway to double the size of its store.[5]
  • 1987: 4,000 sq. metre expansion sparked by the departure of Canadian Tire from the mall added a food court.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unique Mall to Open", Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Nov, 21, 1966
  2. ^ Three Target stores proposed for Saskatoon, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Sept. 23, 2011, retrieved Jan. 6, 2012
  3. ^ "Zellers leaving Market Mall", SaskatoonHomePage.ca, Paul Burke, June 3, 2011; retrieved Jan. 6, 2012
  4. ^ "Market Mall Grows Into the Future" (promotional advertising feature), Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Sept. 4, 1980; retrieved June 25, 2012
  5. ^ "Market Mall to Expand", Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Feb. 23, 1982; retrieved June 25, 2012
  6. ^ "Mall Plans $3-million Expansion", Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Oct. 1, 1986; retrieved June 25, 2012