Metropolis at Metrotown

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Metropolis at Metrotown
Metropolis at Metrotown logo
Metrotown-ctrlblvd.jpg
Metropolis at Metrotown's entrance facing Central Boulevard and the SkyTrain station.
Location Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Opening date 1986
Developer Ivanhoe Cambridge / Cal Investments
Management Ivanhoé Cambridge
Owner Ivanhoé Cambridge
No. of stores and services 362
No. of anchor tenants 15
Total retail floor area 1,783,005 sq ft (165,646.6 m2)
No. of floors 3
Parking 8,500
Public transit access Metrotown Station
Website metropolisatmetrotown.com
Metropolis at Metrotown as seen from the Metrotown SkyTrain Station.

Metropolis at Metrotown (commonly referred to as Metrotown or Metro, and formerly known as Metrotown Centre, or Eaton Centre Metrotown) is a four-storey shopping mall complex in Metrotown, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. With over 450 shops and services, the anchors are Hudson's Bay, Sears, Toys "R" Us, T & T Supermarket, Sport Chek/Atmosphere, Chapters, Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy, Real Canadian Superstore, Urban Behavior, Winners/HomeSense, Zara and Cineplex Cinemas.

It is the largest mall in British Columbia, and the third largest in Canada. The mall is located adjacent to Metrotown Station on the SkyTrain rapid transit system. Three office buildings are part of the complex along Central Boulevard.

27 million customers visit the mall annually.[1]

Anchor tenants[edit]

Former anchors[edit]

  • Rainforest Cafe - closed in October 2001
  • Zellers 440 - formerly Woodward's (closed February 11, 2013, was replaced by Target on November 13, 2013)
  • Target - formerly Zellers (opened November 13, 2013 in former Zellers space, closed April 11, 2015)
  • Woodward's - replaced by Zellers & T&T Supermarket (see above) later Target, now vacant
  • Eaton's - closed in 1999 replaced with mall stores Zara and Sport Chek
  • Home Outfitters - closed in 2015
  • Famous Players SilverCity - later Cineplex SilverCity, now renamed Cineplex Cinemas

Expansions[edit]

Metrotown Centre opened in 1986 — attached to a new Woodward's department store, and a Sears Canada department store that had been operating there since the early 1950s - on land that had held a Ford Canada motor factory,[3] warehouses, other light industry, and a supermarket, and which was adjacent to the former Vancouver Interurban Rail line (now the route for the SkyTrain). The mall has been expanded and renovated several times, and has contributed to the rapid growth of the area's population. A new Bay store and an expansion wing was added in 1992.

Two additional shopping centres were constructed adjacent to the original Metrotown—Eaton Centre and Station Square. These three different malls were connected by skyways, as were the two office towers known as the Metrotowers. In 1998, Eaton Centre added Metropolis, a collection of stores aimed towards younger shoppers, including SilverCity which opened in 1998 and Rainforest Cafe which opened in June 1998 closed in October 2001. The name Metropolis came to apply to Eaton Centre once its main tenant, Eaton's department store, shut down. In 2005, a major expansion project combined Metrotown and Metropolis into a megamall, and added many new stores and Western Canada's largest food court. Following this expansion, the two malls became one entity under the name "Metropolis at Metrotown". Station Square, however, has not been included in this megamall, and as of 2013, it is being demolished to make way for a new high-rise complex, to be named after Station Square.

Construction on Metrotower III, located immediately south of the other two office towers, began in the summer of 2008, was put on hold, and was completed in April 2014.[4]

Surrounding neighbourhood[edit]

The Metrotown neighbourhood is home to a number of smaller shopping centres. Although connected to Metropolis by a skyway, Station Square has remained separately managed. The Asian-themed Crystal Mall opened near Metropolis in 2000, but has no direct connection. Old Orchard Centre is another shopping centre located nearby that is considered part of the Metrotown district. It is a strip plaza that predates the other shopping centres in the neighbourhood.[5]

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Coordinates: 49°13′35″N 123°00′00″W / 49.226496°N 122.999904°W / 49.226496; -122.999904