Erin Mills Town Centre

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Erin Mills Town Centre
New Erin Mills Town Center Logo.jpg
Location Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates (43.558450, -79.711926)
Address 5100 Erin Mills Parkway Mississauga, ON
Opening date 1989
Developer Cadillac Fairview
Management 20 VIC Management, Inc.
Owner Ontario Pension Board
No. of stores and services 220
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 799,000 square feet (70,000 m2)
No. of floors 2
Parking 4,517 spaces
Public transit access Erin Mills Town Centre Bus Terminal
Website Official Website

Erin Mills Town Centre is a shopping mall located in Erin Mills, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, at the corner of Erin Mills Parkway and Eglinton Avenue West. It is the second largest mall in Mississauga, after Square One. The mall can be accessed from the 401, 403, and 407 series highways. Erin Mills Town Centre Bus Terminal is located directly in front of the main entrance of the mall.[1]

History[edit]

The clock tower being dismantled, which is now a 3D glass sphere, all in the centre court.

Erin Mills Town Centre was built on a land that had been accumulated by E. P. Taylor's "Don Mills Developments" in 1954.[2] The mall opened in 1989 and was owned and managed by Cadillac Fairview until it was purchased by the Ontario Pension Board in 2010 for $370 million(CAD).[3] Excavation for the mall was started in 1987, and completed in 1989. There was a large clock tower at the centre of the mall, though this was replaced with a glass sphere during the (CAD)$100 million redevelopment.[4] A Cineplex Odeon movie theatre was closed in 2000 and was replaced by Old Navy and Sport Chek stores. In addition, there was a daycare which was converted to retail space in 2005. The mall also had a mini-golf course located in the centre court, but it was converted into an upscale café. In 2008, a plaza outside the mall, but on the mall grounds was built. The plaza consisted of Indigo Books, LCBO, and more. There was also an older plaza located on mall grounds which consisted of Dollarama, Home Sense, Menchies, and also a salon.[5]

Redevelopment[edit]

Aerial view of Erin Mills Town Centre (prior to redevelopment)

In July 2013, a $100 million redevelopment was announced which would include the replacement of the centre court clock tower with "an outstanding and iconic glass sphere 283 feet in circumference" that would open up sightlines and increase the amount of natural light. This renovation would be the first major renovation, since mall opening in 1989. Other renovations would include elevating the skylights and replacing them with modern clerestory windows, new LED lighting, new European limestone flooring and a new main entrance. The food court was completed in Spring 2015 and was completely redesigned and expanded. It featured high ceilings and large windows. Many stores, including Shoppers Drug Mart, were renovated for a modern look, matching the redevelopment. The remainder of the redevelopment is expected to be completed this Fall, with the last phase underway.[6][7][8]

The construction developer was Broccolini Construction Inc. and mandated by 20Vic Management, renovating approximately 800,000 square feet (74,000 m2) and adding an extra 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of expansion through the food court and other shopping areas. Erin Mills Town Centre remained open throughout the redevelopment, but opened at 8:00 AM every weekday.[9]

Incidents[edit]

Erin Mills Town Centre has not had many incidents since opening in 1989. But the mall did have a few incidents and they include:

2012 Robbery[edit]

The 2012 robbery at Erin Mills Town Centre was the first crime to occur at the mall. It happened shortly after 8 p.m. on October 16, 2012 at the Peoples Jewellers store at the mall. The robbers managed to take an undisclosed amount of money, and jewellery. Fortunately, there were no injuries.[10]

Renovation Incident[edit]

During the $100 million mall renovation, there was one incident, injuring a worker. On June 11, 2014, shortly after 11 p.m., a roof truss collapsed, causing other beams to fall, one falling on the worker, pinning him under a steel beam. The worker was airlifted from Credit Valley Hospital, by Ornge air ambulance to a nearby trauma centre in Toronto.[11]

Anchors and majors[edit]

View from the second floor food court down to the centre of the mall (prior to redevelopment)

Interior:

Exterior:

Films & TV[edit]

Erin Mills Town Centre has been used as a filming location for several films, including Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992), Hedwig and the Angry Inch[15] (2001), and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) starring Lindsay Lohan. The now-closed Erin Mills Cineplex Odeon theatre was also used as a set for the film Dirty Work (1998).

Erin Mills Town Centre has served as the scene for the Canadian game show Instant Cash.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erin Mills Town Centre celebrates prom with the Sparkle Project". Mississaugalife.ca. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Case Studies: Erin Mills". Case Study. Condrain Group. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Kovessy, Peter. "Pension Buys Mississauga Mall for $370M". Business Journal. Ottawa Business Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Information". Erin Mills Town Center. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Erin Mills Town Centre Directory". 
  6. ^ "ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE LAUNCHES $100 MILLION TRANSFORMATION" (PDF) (Press release). July 10, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  7. ^ Flavelle, Dana (July 11, 2013). "Erin Mills Town Centre to get $100 million makeover". Toronto Star. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Erin Mills Town Centre Expansion Will Be Complete This Fall". Urban Toronto. January 27, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Erin Mills Town Centre". January 25, 2014. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ Johnston, Paul. "New video shows suspects in mall robbery". CP24. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  11. ^ "Man in hospital after roof support collapses at Erin Mills Town Centre | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  12. ^ "Erin Mills Town Centre" (PDF). 20 VIC Retail. 
  13. ^ "Erin Mills home to new LCBO". www.mississauga.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  14. ^ "Indigo Books added to Erin Mills Town Centre". Accessmylibrary.com. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  15. ^ Fleischer, David. "Reel Toronto: Toronto Sings!". Article. Torontoist. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 

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Coordinates: 43°33′31″N 79°42′45″W / 43.558509°N 79.712452°W / 43.558509; -79.712452