Scarborough Town Centre
|Location||300 Borough Drive
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Opening date||May 2, 1973|
|Owner||OMERS/ Oxford Properties|
|No. of stores and services||200+|
|No. of anchor tenants||7|
|Total retail floor area||121,000 m² (1,300,000 ft²)|
|No. of floors||2|
The Scarborough Town Centre is a shopping mall in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Central to the Scarborough City Centre, it is adjacent to the Scarborough Centre RT station and Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal. It was constructed by Oxford Properties and opened in 1973 to become the ninth largest shopping mall in Canada, fifth largest in Ontario and third in Toronto by retail space, making it one of the five major shopping malls in Toronto.
In 2008, the mall underwent a complete renovation, branded as "Lighten Up", completed in November 2010.
The mall was constructed in 1972 and was opened on May 2, 1973. At that time it included two major Canadian department stores, Simpson's and Eaton's. Miracle Food Mart, a supermarket was also located in the mall; part of the Steinbergs chain it was co-located with a Miracle Mart, a discount department store, It was designed to serve as part of the civic and commercial centre of what was then the Borough of Scarborough. Scarborough Town Centre opened with 130 stores adjacent to the borough's administration buildings. It provided a central landmark in an otherwise newer suburban area of Toronto.
Originally Y-shaped, with its stem towards the Civic Centre, a second phase of construction added the northern department store and two wings. The construction added 240,000 square feet (22,000 m2) of retail space, and was opened on August 8, 1979.
The mall is located on the other side of Albert Campbell Square, which is adjacent to the Scarborough Civic Centre. The people-friendly square is two-thirds the size of Nathan Philips Square in Downtown Toronto, and was constructed around a stand of trees preserved from the original 69 hectare parcel of land. There are also several condominium buildings adjacent to mall on its southern edge
Although anchored by only Eaton's and Simpsons at the time, the Scarborough Town Centre also had one of the few Brewers Retail (now The Beer Store) stores located within a shopping centre and the first to contain a completely refrigerated storeroom; there was also an LCBO liquor store located at the Scarborough Town Centre's Taste of the Town. Visitors could enjoy a meal or snack under a vaulted double-glazed glass ceiling that let the sun shine in.
The mall is served by Highway 401, one of the busiest highways in the world. The mall can also be reached through a turnaround ramp on McCowan Road, Progress Avenue, and Brimley Road. The TTC's Scarborough RT line also has a station adjacent to the mall, Scarborough Centre, opened in 1985 with service running southwest to Kennedy station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line and east to McCowan Station.
In the 1980s and '90s the mall was expanded to allow more anchor stores and retail space. A major expansion in 1998 added an additional 16,000 m² of space devoted to entertainment. A brand new two-level Indigo Books, Music & Café was designed to be the ultimate browse-and-buy experience. Indigo has since closed down and has been replaced by Sportchek. Famous Players Coliseum opened 12 state-of-the-art theatres with stadium-style seating and a lobby loaded with video games and movie snacks. It can also be noted that the Rainforest Cafe also opened its first Canadian restaurant in the new wing, though once novelty wore off only the location in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre (which opened a bit later) remained in operation. The Bay (formerly Simpsons) added a whole new floor and Sears completed extensive renovations where Eaton's was after purchasing the entire Eaton's chain. Walmart has since moved into where Sears, and initially The Bay, once was.
Scarborough Town Centre currently includes The Bay, Sears, Walmart, Old Navy, and a Famous Players Coliseum cinema as its anchors, and Dollarama as a mini-anchor. It has more than 121,000 m² and about 220 stores, making it the fourth-largest shopping centre in Greater Toronto, after Square One Shopping Centre, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and Toronto Eaton Centre, but larger than Sherway Gardens or Vaughan Mills. Town Centre is east end Toronto's most important transportation hub. In addition to the RT, Scarborough Town Centre is a busy terminus for a significant number of TTC bus routes, as well as GO Transit.Scarborough Town Centre has several major retailers and Is home to 220 stores in total with a total retail space of 1,308,885 square feet. Despite being only Canada's 11th largest enclosed mall it has an estimated 21 million annual visitors which is 5th largest in the country. As mentioned earlier Scarborough Town Centre is on route for several TTC and GO bus routes which may be the reason why it is very crowded. Also The food court of the mall has two floors and has several common fast food restaurants. Stores like McDonalds and Tim Hortons have 2 locations in the mall.
Adjacent to the shopping center, a new supermarket, Real Canadian Superstore opened at 1755 Brimley Road (at the 401). A Krispy Kreme branch closed after the Canadian operator ran into financial trouble. The closed Krispy Kreme has been reopened as a Swiss Chalet. The mall itself and most of the land surrounding it are owned by OMERS (the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) pension fund under their Oxford Properties division.
During the mall's latest renovation, retailers such as Victoria's Secret have developed interests in retail space. Victoria's Secret have opened one of Canada's first Pink stores in the former Disney Store in July 2010. In Fall 2011 there will be a Victoria Secret store opening next door to Pink. Other major retailers such as Forever 21, will replace the former Sportchek and Aritzia, will replace Birk's the jewellery store. On June 14, 2013, Sears Canada announced that they may be closing their store at Scarborough Town Centre within 5 years depending on Oxford Properties decision. 
It is well known that this mall is overpopulated especially during the holiday season. Dollaramma lines commonly extend to the back of the store with an average waiting time of approximately 30 minutes. McDonald's also receives complaints for mixing customers the wrong food orders due to the large volume of customers. In addition during noon hours finding a place to sit is comparable to finding needle in a haystack. Products are demographically based and high end brands that can be found in other malls are rare at Scarborough Town Centre.
Scarborough Walk of Fame
In 2006, ten prominent members of Scarborough's community were inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame, and this was the first annual ceremony. The stars (plaques) of the Walk of Fame are located behind the main atrium, in front of H&M. Formerly, they were located on a walkway between the food courts of the mall, on the upper level.
The first inductees were burn-unit founder Dr. Lloyd N. Carlsen, educator Dr. R. H. King, NBA player Jamaal Magloire, pulmonary scientist Dr. Charles C. Macklin, artist Doris McCarthy, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and former television personality, The Honourable David Onley, Olympic hockey player Vicky Sunohara, pioneer David Thomson, hip-hop artist Wes Williams, and geriatric care entrepreneur Dr. Joseph Yu Kai Wong.
Anchors and major retailers
Order from largest area to smallest area:
- The Bay 23,472 m² (252,656 ft²) - former Simpson's
- Sears 21,515 m² (231,590 ft²) - former Eaton's. The store may close sometime between 2013-2018 if the mall owners buy back the lease from Sears.
- Walmart 14,754 m² (158,810 ft²) - former Sears and before that the Bay
- Famous Players Coliseum 9755 m² (105,000 ft²)
- Dollarama 1914 m² (20,598 ft²)
- Old Navy 1879 m² (20,224 ft²)
- Gap 1858 m² (20,005 ft²)
- H & M 1495 m² (16,091 ft²)
- Shoppers Drug Mart 1174 m² (12,638 ft²)
Aeropostale, Aldo, American Eagle Outfitters, Best Buy, The Body Shop, Bombay, Boston Pizza, Bulk Barn, Foot Locker, Coles, HMV, Jean Machine, Pier 1 Imports, Tommy Hilfiger, Sephora, Lululemon, Swarovski, Swiss Chalet Nine West and Forever 21 are all chain stores present in the mall.
- Simpsons (department store)
- Miracle Food Mart
- Miracle Food Mart
- Krispy Kreme (outer pad location)
- Tristan & America (now as Tristan)
- Scarborough City Centre
- Scarborough Centre (TTC)
- Scarborough, Ontario
- List of shopping malls in Toronto
- List of largest shopping malls in Canada
- "Shopping Toronto Shopping Mall Shopping Scarborough Town Centre".
- "Shopping Toronto Shopping Mall Shopping Scarborough Town Centre".
- "Scarborough Town Centre".
- Scarborough Town Centre - Our History
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