Central City Shopping Centre

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Central City
Central City logo
The main entrance as seen from the transit hub
LocationSurrey, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates49°11′15″N 122°50′59″W / 49.18750°N 122.84972°W / 49.18750; -122.84972Coordinates: 49°11′15″N 122°50′59″W / 49.18750°N 122.84972°W / 49.18750; -122.84972
Address10153 King George Blvd, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Opening date2003
OwnerBlackwood Partners Management Corporation
No. of stores and services132
No. of anchor tenants5–7
Total retail floor area57,370 m2 (617,500 sq ft)
No. of floors2 (mall), 26 (mall and office tower combined)
Public transit accessTranslinkexpo.svg Surrey Central
Central City Shopping Centre (interior)

Central City Shopping Centre (formerly known as Surrey Place Mall) is a shopping mall and office tower complex in Whalley, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, which is owned by Blackwood Partners Management Corporation.[1] It is located near Surrey Central and King George SkyTrain stations. It was designed by Bing Thom Architects.[2] It is the second largest mall in Surrey, smaller than Guildford Town Centre. A major portion of the upper complex hosts one of the three Simon Fraser University campuses.

History and development[edit]

Originally, the shopping centre was built in the 1970s as Surrey Place, a standalone mall, and was managed and owned by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. It underwent renovations and refurbishments throughout the 1980s and 1990s; however, the construction of the Port Mann Bridge and the popularity of Guildford Town Centre began to challenge the mall's position as a dominant shopping centre in Surrey. In the late 1990s, the foot traffic of the mall suffered severely and many stores became untenanted. However, in 1999, part of the mall was sold off and was redeveloped, with the addition of an expansion to the mall including a new podium and a high rise office tower also known as the Central City tower. From 2003 to 2017, the Central City tower was the tallest building in Surrey. In 2007, the rest of Central City mall was sold to Blackwood Partners Management Corporation.[3]

The mall was affected by the closings of Target Canada and Future Shop, but Walmart Canada took over Target Canada's location along with Future Shop's former Best Buy-branded location. As of 2016, given the mixed use of the complex—which includes space dedicated to retail, educational, and office uses—along with an increase in residential condominium density in the surrounding area, the mall has become busier than it was in the preceding decade.[4]

Anchor tenants[edit]



  • Zellers - in former The Bay location, closed February 11, 2013; was replaced by Target on November 13, 2013
  • The Bay - Zellers relocated in this space, now Walmart
  • Sears - (now T&T Supermarket)
  • Target - in former Zellers location, (opened November 13, 2013, closed April 1, 2015); replaced by Walmart on February 25, 2016[5]
  • Future Shop - closed March 28, 2015; due to consolidation as Best Buy, reopened as Best Buy in late 2015
  • Extra Foods- current Brick location
  • Good Stuff Games - closed c.1989 hobby store catering to Dungeons & Dragons games and accessories

Simon Fraser University[edit]

Unlike other shopping centres in the region, and owing to its unique two-stage development, Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus is located within the mall and occupies a major portion (33,000 m2 [350,000 sq ft]) of the podium floors.[6] The central atrium of the mall, similar to the hull of a ship, consists of retail space on the ground floor and provides a direct line of sight towards the campus hallways and classrooms on the upper floors.[7]


Central City Shopping Centre is accessible to the regional SkyTrain system, with the closest station being Surrey Central station. The terminus King George station is also within five minutes walking distance to the south. The Surrey Central bus loop is adjacent to Surrey Central station and serves as a transfer point to several routes which serve the region.[8]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.blackwoodpartners.com/retail-opportunities
  2. ^ http://bingthomarchitects.com/project/central-citysfu-surrey/
  3. ^ https://www.kamloopscity.com/icbc-sells-central-city/
  4. ^ https://urbansurrey.com/2016/10/12/central-city-renovations/
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ https://www.sfu.ca/surrey/welcome.html
  7. ^ https://www.sfu.ca/surrey/about/virtual-tour.html
  8. ^ "Surrey Central Station Map (Apr 2018)" (PDF). TransLink. Retrieved May 7, 2018.