Shoppers World Brampton

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Shoppers World Brampton
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Location Brampton, ON, Canada
Address 499 Main St. S.
Opening date 1969
Developer Peel Elder Ltd.
Management RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Owner RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
No. of stores and services 190
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 781,067 sq ft (72,563 m2)
No. of floors 1
Public transit access Brampton Gateway Terminal
Website Official website

Shoppers World Brampton is a shopping mall in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It is host to over 190 stores, including Canadian Tire, Winners and Staples. Target opened in the location of the former Zellers store.

A former bus terminal in the parking lot is scheduled for demolition, with the space to be reclaimed for mall parking. The new terminal for Brampton Transit and Mississauga Transit systems is at the south side of the complex, but does not share any access to the mall parking lot. There is also a GO Transit bus stop located to the north of the new terminal.

History[edit]

The Target store, opened in 2013
The food court

In 1961, Elder Mines & Development Ltd. and Peel Village Developments created Shoppers World Danforth. Targeted completion date was March 1962.[1]

The two developers merged into a new company, Peel-Elder Limited, and began development of Shopper's World Brampton on a farmer's field that had been purchased by Charles F. Watson of Peel-Elder Ltd. Peel-Elder Ltd. was also the developer of the Brampton's Peel Village community. In 1961, planned tenants were Loblaws, Zellers, Yolles, Bata Shoe, a Maher shoe store, Lady Ellis dress shop, Bi-Rite Drugs, Tip Top Tailors and banks. In all, it planned 55 stores, plus a department store, bowling alleys and a movie theatre.[2]

It opened in 1969 as Brampton's first indoor mall.[citation needed] Major tenants at the time were Kmart, Dominion and Canada Safeway. The movie theatre closed after several years. It was gutted, and re-opened as a Jumbo Video. The projection booth served as the manager's office.

In 1971, Simpsons Ltd. decided to build a location of its department store at the mall, at a cost in excess of $2 million. The first of six scheduled locations, it was to open in August 1972.[3] Simultaneous to this announcement, Peel-Elder Ltd. promised to expand the mall and their Peel Village development. In addition to high rise apartments and town houses, the developer intended to build a "motel-hotel convention centre and an office building", on 185 acres (0.75 km2) purchased for expansion purposes, back in 1959.[4] Peel-Elder owned the facility until at least 1979.[5]

In 1997, the mall was owned by Pensionfund Realty Limited,[6] a privately held real estate company owned by Morguard Investments.[7]

A massive renovation of the shopping complex[when?] brought a new wave of customers to come in. Shoppers World Brampton is home to some of Brampton's oldest family-operated businesses.[which?] In recent times, Shoppers World Brampton has hosted less traffic. Although still busy, many newer malls have taken the role Shopper's World once played including Bramalea City Centre and Heartland Town Centre in nearby Mississauga.[8]

The addition of a Canadian Tire big-box store to the Main Street side of the mall greatly changed the facade of the mall. Many smaller stores were moved or closed to allow for the inclusion of this additional anchor store. Staples Business Depot, another big-box format store, also moved into the mall in the locations previously held by Pascals and later, Winners. The Bay closed in May 2007, and Price Chopper closed a few months later, and has since been replaced by the multi-ethnic Ocean's Fresh Food Market, which opened in July 2008.

The former Simpsons/Bay store was demolished in October–November 2010, with plans submitted to the City of Brampton to redevelop the north end of the mall.[9] This redevelopment is now completed with most of the stores in this phase only accessible from outside, instead of from within the mall.

A Target store opened on March 19, 2013, in the space that had been occupied by Zellers and previously Kmart. This location was one of the first 24 locations to open in Canada.[10]

Anchors[edit]

Previous anchors[edit]

Transit terminal[edit]

Brampton Transit operated a bus station located on Steeles Avenue in the southwest corner of the mall property until the fall of 2012, when the new Gateway Terminal started operations. The new bus station is located at the southeast corner of the Shopper's World Brampton property, at the intersection of Steeles Avenue and Main Street, with several bus platforms having direct access to the streets.

The previous terminal shared road space with mall customers and staff for some access into the transit terminal. The new terminal offers exclusive access to the buses that use it. In order to construct this exclusive access, one of the secondary entrances to Shoppers World was closed and diverted into the terminal from Steeles Avenue.

Gateway Terminal is the third bus terminal built at Shoppers World. The previous one (the second) opened in the beginning of July 2001, replacing a 20-year old terminal at the east side of the mall,[13] around where the north end of Canadian Tire is today.

See also[edit]

Suresh Joachim, minutes away from breaking the ironing world record at 55 hours and 5 minutes, at Shoppers World Brampton.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°39′58.18″N 79°44′15.05″W / 43.6661611°N 79.7375139°W / 43.6661611; -79.7375139