Midtown Plaza (Saskatoon)
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Midtown Plaza main entrance showing the tower
|Location||201 1st Avenue South – Central Business District, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Opening date||1968 (Simpson-Sears only); July 30 1970 (full mall); renovated 1990|
|Owner||Primaris Retail REIT|
|No. of stores and services||131|
|No. of anchor tenants||2|
|Total retail floor area||616,282 sq ft (57,254.5 m2) / 96,883 sq ft (9,000.7 m2) retail|
|No. of floors||2 (mall)
|Parking||1,000 surface north, south and Sears lot and 800 underground|
Midtown Plaza is a shopping mall in Downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, that is owned by Primaris Retail REIT. The two main anchors are Sears Canada and Hudson's Bay and the shopping centre has a total store count of approximately 130 stores, making it the largest shopping centre in Saskatchewan. The mall was built on the former site of the city's main railway station as part of a major inner city redevelopment project in the 1960s that also saw construction of a freeway, the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge, and TCU Place (formerly Centennial Auditorium) a major arts-convention complex.
The mall officially opened with a full complement of 51 stores and services on July 30, 1970; however, one of its anchor tenants, Simpson-Sears (now Sears Canada) opened for business in 1968. Eatons was the mall's second anchor until the chain went out of business in the late 1990s; The Bay (later branded Hudson's Bay) subsequently relocated to the mall from its 2nd Avenue standalone location. During much of its history the mall also included a two-screen cinema, which was decommissioned in the late 1990s.
Also part of the Midtown Plaza complex is CN Towers – renamed in 2006 "The Tower at Midtown" - an office block that was for most of the 1970s the tallest office building in Saskatoon. The 12-story tower is 57 m (187 ft) in height. Besides professional offices, from the 1970s to the early 2000s it also housed the broadcast facilities for the city's Canadian Broadcasting Corporation affiliate, CBKST. Also considered part of Midtown Plaza, but not connected to it directly, is a standalone "big box" location of Toys "R" Us, located in the mall's south parking lot.
The mall underwent a major expansion that opened in 1990 that saw a second level added to its main shopping corridor; the lead-up to the expansion also saw a food court added where the now-defunct Dominion grocery store was located and the renovation also changed the facade of the mall facing 1st Avenue to more closely resemble the former rail station it had replaced. A satellite mall, Midtown Village, opened in the early 1980s to the west of the mall, featuring boutique businesses. The Village, which was later purchased by Midtown Plaza, was a dead mall by the early 1990s and has since been demolished to make way for additional parking.