Scarborough Town Centre

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Scarborough Town Centre
Location 300 Borough Drive
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Opening date May 2, 1973
Developer Oxford Properties
Management Oxford Properties
Owner OMERS/ Oxford Properties
No. of stores and services 200+[1]
No. of anchor tenants 7
Total retail floor area 121,000 m² (1,300,000 ft²)
No. of floors 2
Parking 3000 spaces
Public transit access Scarborough Centre RT station
Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal
Website Official Website

The Scarborough Town Centre is a shopping mall in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Central to the Scarborough City Centre, it is adjacent to the Scarborough Centre RT station and Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal.[2] 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",[3] completed in November 2010.


Miniature hot-air balloons inside the mall (removed in 2008)

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.[4]

The mall is located on the other side of Albert Campbell Square, which is adjacent to the Scarborough Civic Centre.

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.

The mall is served by Highway 401. 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 new two-level Indigo Books, Music & Café was designed. Indigo has since closed down and has been replaced by Sportchek. 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 number of TTC bus routes, as well as GO Transit.Scarborough Town Centre has several retailers and Is home to 220 stores in total with a total retail space of 1,308,885 square feet.

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. [5]

Scarborough Walk of Fame[edit]

The stars of the 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[edit]

Former Disney Store at the Scarborough Town Centre, reopened in 2013 with different look, near food court.

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 2014-2018 if the mall owners buy back the lease from Sears.[6]
  • Walmart (Soon to be a Walmart Supercentre) 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)

Former major tenants[edit]

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Coordinates: 43°46′35″N 79°15′30″W / 43.776354°N 79.258279°W / 43.776354; -79.258279