Lawrence Plaza

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Lawrence Plaza Mall
Location 534 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Opening date 1953
Owner Lawrence Plaza Equities
No. of stores and services 30
No. of anchor tenants 2
No. of floors 1 to 2 floors

Lawrence Plaza is a shopping centre in Canada located on the northwest corner of Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue West in Toronto. It is also the name of a small shopping plaza in Santa Clara, California serving the Korean community with a grocery store, bakery, coffee shop, and a food court; this article describes the shopping centre in Toronto.

History[edit]

It was built around 1953 and was visited by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s. The land was still cow pastures in 1951 as the homes in the area were being built in the 1950s.[1] The mall serves the neighbourhood of Lawrence Manor.

The plaza consists of a single level with offices on the second floor, except for the two-level building on the corner, which was originally occupied by Morgan's and then the Hudson's Bay Company (The Bay), the Dominion Save-a-Centre, Metro and Winners.

The kosher-style (but not kosher) dairy restaurant United Bakers moved to the plaza in 1986.

Around 1995, a major renovation was planned that would have resulted in a staged demolition and rebuild of the entire premises. This renovation was cancelled and no additional parking has been added to the mall since its construction.

It is served by two Toronto Transit Commission bus stops on Lawrence Avenue directly adjacent to the plaza, and two more stops on Bathurst Street. In addition, there is a local wheelchair-accessible community bus stop within the plaza, and the Lawrence West subway station is nearby.

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Coordinates: 43°43′11″N 79°25′54″W / 43.71972°N 79.43167°W / 43.71972; -79.43167