Hazeldean Mall

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Hazeldean Mall
Hazeldean mall aerial.jpg
Location 300 Eagleson Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K2M 1C9
Opening date October 30, 1979
Owner Bentall Retail
No. of anchor tenants 2
No. of floors 1
Website Official Site

Hazeldean Mall is a shopping centre located in the Kanata district of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located at the intersection of Eagleson Road and Hazeldean Road, where Hazeldean Road turns into Robertson Road. It was the first enclosed shopping centre constructed in Kanata. The development of the mall was approved shortly before the incorporation of the (then) City of Kanata, and its approval lead to a legal battle between the constituent parts of the new municipality over the appropriate location of what would at that time be the new city's main commercial hub.[1]

History[edit]

The site of the mall was zoned for commercial uses in 1962 at the time that the surrounding community of Glen Cairn was planned.[2] The "Glen Cairn Shopping Centre" proposal was approved in 1978 by Goulbourn Township, only months before Glen Cairn ceased to be part of Goulbourn and was amalgamated with March Township and parts of Nepean Township into the new City of Kanata. March Township Council initiated legal action, ultimately unsuccessful, to significantly reduce the size of the Glen Cairn Shopping Centre development on the grounds that it would adversely affect the market potential for March's own Kanata Town Centre development proposal. March Township officials hoped that the Town Centre, located closer to the geographic centre of the new municipality than the Hazeldean Mall, would spur development of a new retail and office core for Kanata.[1][3] The competing Town Centre project eventually obtained final approvals in 1980, after the Hazeldean Mall had opened.[4]

The official opening of the Hazeldean Mall was October 30, 1979. It was anchored by Steinberg's and Towers, and also contained a TD Bank branch, liquor and beer outlets, and 50 other stores.[5]

In the early 1990s, the Steinberg's chain closed, and was replaced by Your Independent Grocer. Around the same time, Towers was purchased by the Hudson's Bay Company which transformed many Towers stores, including the one at Hazeldean Mall, into Zellers stores. Drug City was also a major tenant during the 1980s, until it was replaced in the early 1990s by Pharma Plus.

Starting in the mid-1990s, the Kanata Centrum shopping area on Terry Fox Drive opened. With its big box store concept, the Centrum lured customers away from Hazeldean Mall. Toward the end of the decade, the mall underwent an extensive period of renovations, which completely removed the brick floors and wood panels, replacing them with much lighter coloured hues, and also installing a fountain. Pharma Plus expanded into the space formerly occupied by the TD Bank, also receiving a larger door leading directly to the outside.

Current centre[edit]

The mall is currently anchored by Your Independent Grocer.[6] Target Canada has filed for bankruptcy and the Hazeldean Mall store was closed in early April, 2015. Its former space is empty with no tenant.

Transit services[edit]

The following routes serve the Hazeldean Mall:
61 118 161 164 168

  • Express route 61 doesn't actually enter the mall itself, but is available on nearby Abbeyhill Drive, located just south of the mall, and Carbrooke Street, located just west of the mall. It provides residents with connections to downtown Ottawa, Tunney's Pasture, Lincoln Fields, and Bayshore. This route also travels through the communities of Katimavik-Hazeldean and Bridlewood. A premium fare is required for this route.
  • Crosstown route 118 operates 7 days/week. This route provides connections to the Kanata Centrum, Hazeldean Road, Bells Corners, the Queensway-Carleton Hospital, Baseline Road, Algonquin College, Billings Bridge, Riverside Hospital, and Hurdman Station. It also provides a connection to the O-Train's Trillium Line at Confederation Station, located at the corner of Heron Road and Bronson Avenue.
  • Local route 161 operates 5 days/week. This route provides connections to the Kanata Centrum, the communities of Katimavik-Hazeldean, Glencairn, Bridlewood, and the new Walmart located in South Kanata.
  • Local route 164 operates during peak periods only. This route provides connections to the Kanata Centrum, Teron Station, Eagleson Station, and the new Walmart located in South Kanata. It also provides residents with connections to major streets as Campeau Drive, Eagleson Road, and Hope Side Road.
  • Local route 168 operates 7 days/week. It provides connections to the Kanata Centrum, Teron Station, Eagleson Station, and the new Walmart located in South Kanata. This route also travels to the communities of Beaverbrook, Bridlewood, and Glencairn (weekends only).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Conners, Stanikys. Hazeldean Mall gets green light from Goulbourn, Ottawa Journal, 9 August 1978, page 13; Jackson, Wendy. Glen Cairn shopping centre approved, Ottawa Citizen, 9 August 1978, page 4.
  2. ^ March carrying on the fight over Hazeldean shopping mall, Ottawa Journal, 16 August 1978, page 3.
  3. ^ Planners praise town centre plan, Ottawa Citizen, 30 August 1978, page 4.
  4. ^ Batt, Diana. Kanata Town Centre Plan Finally Approved, Ottawa Citizen, 18 January 1980, page 4.
  5. ^ "Mall Opens Doors in October". Ottawa Citizen. 28 August 1979. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "Store Directory". Hazeldean Mall. Archived from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 45°18′07″N 75°52′41″W / 45.302°N 75.878°W / 45.302; -75.878