Metropolis at Metrotown

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This article is about the shopping mall. For the adjacent SkyTrain station, see Metrotown Station.
Metropolis at Metrotown
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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 Ivanhoe Cambridge
No. of stores and services 450
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 simply Metrotown or Metro, and formerly known as Metrotown Centre, or Eaton Centre Metrotown) is a 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, Home Outfitters, Old Navy, Real Canadian Superstore, Urban Behavior, Winners/HomeSense, Zara and Cineplex.

It is the largest mall in British Columbia, and the 2nd largest in Canada. The mall is connected by a skyway to the Metrotown Station on the SkyTrain rapid transit system. Three office buildings are part of the complex.

27 million customers visit the mall annually.[1]

Anchor tenants[edit]

Former Anchors[edit]

  • Zellers - 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 1999 replaced with mall stores (Zara) and Sport Chek
  • Home Outfitters - closed 2015

Expansions[edit]

Metrotown Centre first opened in 1986 — attached to a new Woodward's department store, and a Sears Canada department store operating at that location since the early 1950s — on land that had previously held a ford motor factory,[2] 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. The name Metropolis came to apply to Eaton Centre once its main tenant, Eaton's, shut down. In 2005, a major expansion project ended that saw Metrotown and Metropolis combined into one single megamall, as well as the addition of 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 combined megamall, and as of 2013, it is under the process of being demolished to make way for a new high-rise complex, to be named after Station Square.

Metrotower III, located immediately south of the other two office towers, began construction in the summer of 2008. It had been on hold, but as of 2012 is again under construction. The tower was completed in April 2014.[3]

Surrounding neighbourhood[edit]

The Metrotown neighbourhood is also home to a number of smaller shopping centres. Although connected to Metropolis by a skyway, Station Square has remained separately managed. Another shopping centre, the Asian-themed Crystal Mall, opened near Metropolis in 2000, although it has no direct connection. Old Orchard Centre, is yet another shopping centre located nearby that is considered part of the Metrotown district. Old Orchard Centre predates all of the other shopping centres in the neighbourhood and is a strip mall, as opposed to an enclosed mall.[4]

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