Shoppers World Brampton
|Location||Brampton, ON, Canada|
|Address||499 Main St. S.|
|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|
Shoppers World Brampton is a shopping mall in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Now 40 years old, it was at one point in the 1970s Canada's top selling mall, per square foot. 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.
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.
It opened in 1969 as Brampton's first indoor mall. 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. 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 (0.749 km2) purchased for expansion purposes, back in 1959. Peel-Elder owned the facility until at least 1979.
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.
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. This redevelopment is now completed with most of the stores in this phase only accessible from outside, instead of from within the mall.
- Target (121,490 sq ft (11,287 m2)
- Canadian Tire (83,500 sq ft (7,760 m2))
- Oceans Fresh Food Market (42,150 sq ft (3,916 m2))
- Winners (30,357 sq ft (2,820 m2))
- Staples (26,590 sq ft (2,470 m2))
- 1977: K-Mart, Simpsons, Supersave Drugs, two supermarkets
- 2007: The Bay, Price Chopper
- 2012: Zellers
- At one point, the mall included a waterslide and an arcade.
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 south end 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, around where the north end of Canadian Tire is today.
- "Target opening in Brampton". The Brampton Guardian (Brampton ON). 5 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- The Brampton Story. Brampton, ON: Windsor Publication for the Brampton Board of Trade. 1977. p. 33.
- Mudhar, Raju (2007-10-14). "Brampton a new hotbed for talent". Toronto Star (Toronto, ON: Torstar). ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
- "New transit terminal now open". The Brampton Guardian (Brampton ON). 6 July 2001.
- Shoppers World Brampton, store directory
- Peter Criscione, "Shoppers World marks 40 years this weekend", The Brampton Guardian, February 24, 2009.