The mall opened in October 1980 during a period of rapid growth in the city's north end subdivisions. On opening it covered 23,225 square metres and had the first enclosed food court in Saskatoon, along with many independent and franchise chains (including the city's first purpose-built mall video arcade) and was promoted as one of the province's largest suburban malls; it also boasted the largest Safeway store in Saskatchewan. Future plans for the mall at the time were for a second department store to join Zellers in a future phase, but ultimately Zellers (later Target) remained the only department store in the mall.
In September 2011 it was reported that Target Canada, as part of its takeover of the Zellers chain, had purchased the leasehold for the Lawson Heights location with the possibility of it being converted to a Target store in the future. This was later confirmed and the Zellers location closed in October 2012 to permit an expansion of the location to the west and south to accommodate the larger Target store. The Target store opened in the summer of 2013, but closed in early April 2015, leaving the mall's third anchor location vacant.