Erin Mills Town Centre
|Location||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|Address||5100 Erin Mills Parkway|
|Management||Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services|
|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|
|Public transit access||Erin Mills Town Centre Bus Terminal|
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.
Erin Mills Town Centre was built on a land that had been accumulated by E. P. Taylor's "Don Mills Developments" in 1954. 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). 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. 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.
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. The removal of the clock tower also allowed for a true centre court and glistening infinity fountain to be installed. The centre court is now considered the ultimate place to meet and greet by the community and beyond. The centre court is also used to host events and activities for visitors to enjoy, as well as a spectacular Christmas tree and Santa village during the holidays. 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 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.
Erin Mills Town Centre has not had many incidents since opening in 1989. But the mall did have a few incidents and they include:
A 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. There were no injuries.
On June 11, 2014, during the $100 million mall renovation, there was an incident, injuring a worker. 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.
Films & TV
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 (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.
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