Rideau Centre

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Coordinates: 45°25′27″N 75°41′27″W / 45.4243°N 75.6907°W / 45.4243; -75.6907

CF Rideau Centre
Rideau CentreXmas (2).jpg
The Rideau Centre at Christmas before renovations
Location 50 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 9J7
Opening date March 16, 1983
Developer Viking Rideau, Eaton's
Management Cindy VanBuskirk
Owner Cadillac Fairview
No. of stores and services 180[1]
Total retail floor area 1,545,113 sq ft (143,545.7 m2)
No. of floors 4
Parking 1,590 spaces in two indoor lots and a surface lot
Public transit access Ottawa - Line 1 Confederation Line.svg Rideau (opens 2018)
Website http://www.rideaucentre.com/

The Rideau Centre (French: Centre Rideau) (corporately styled as "CF Rideau Centre") is a four-level shopping centre on Rideau Street in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It borders on Rideau Street the ByWard Market, the Rideau Canal, the Mackenzie King Bridge, and Nicholas Street in Downtown Ottawa. Over 20 million people visit the mall annually.[1]


During its construction from 1981 to 1982, the Rideau Centre instilled some controversy: a whole block of stores was torn down to make room for the new building, with many people opposed to their destruction.[citation needed] Others feared the impact of increased traffic and buses on the area. The Eaton's department store chain, one of the partners in the development, caused further controversy when it attempted to rename the mall the "Rideau Eaton Centre" while it was under construction; the company backed down in the face of local opposition to the name change.[2] This mall was officially opened on March 16, 1983. In September 2013, the mall began a massive redevelopment and expandsion project which was completed in August 2016. New floors, guard rails, ceilings and lighting were a major part of the renovation. A new food court opened in late July 2014 on the first level of the former Sears location, and Canada's second Nordstrom opened in the upper two levels of the former Sears. The two former pedestrian bridges crossing Rideau St were taken down, with one being demolished and the other rebuilt in a more modern style. Many new retailers were added to the mall during this time. On the morning of June 8, 2016, the Rideau Centre was evacuated after a sinkhole opened up on Rideau Street.

Features and surroundings[edit]

The Rideau Centre complex has approximately 180 retailers, the 487-room Westin Hotel, a rooftop park, and the Shaw Centre (Ottawa Convention Centre). At 740,757 sq ft (68,818.6 m2) in size, it is the largest shopping centre in Ottawa and the National Capital Region.

The Rideau Centre and the adjacent National Defence Headquarters building are served by OC Transpo's Mackenzie King Transitway station, which is served by several major bus routes.

The City of Ottawa is currently in the midst of completing the O-Train Confederation Line rapid transit project. Once the line opens in mid-2018, the Rideau Centre will feature two direct connections to the Rideau LRT station.


Rideau Centre security and maintenance staff have been the subject of a number of controversies. In 2002, security staff handcuffed and detained two men for carrying an Israeli flag to enforce a mall rule prohibiting political signs.[3] The men claimed that abusive comments were made towards them as Jews, but a police investigation was unable to sustain the allegations of anti-semitic abuse.[4] In 2011, security staff handcuffed and detained a man who was attempting to cancel a gym membership.[5] The man was released when police arrived, and the Rideau Centre's tenant GoodLife Fitness suffered a media backlash over the incident.[6][7][8] That year, nine people, including a former Speaker of the House of Commons and other dignitaries, were trapped for more than an hour and a half in the mall elevator.[9] A former Senator criticized the Rideau Centre for its slow response time.[10]

Redevelopment project[edit]

On September 26, 2013, Cadillac Fairview announced plans to expand the 30-year-old shopping centre. The redevelopment project expanded the Rideau Centre by 230,000 square feet and renovated retail and dining spaces.[11] A key feature of the redevelopment project was a 35,000-square-foot dining hall offering 16 premium eating establishments, seating for 850 people, and reusable dinnerware, glassware, and metal cutlery.[11] The projected cost of the redevelopment project was $360 million.[11] As part of the renovation, three major retailers will enter the centre. New tenants in the high-end market include Tiffany & Co., Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman.[12] Large retailers include added during the redevelopment include a 153,725 sq. ft. Nordstrom[13] and a 103,874 sq. ft. Simons.[14] The Hudson's Bay Company announced plans for major renovations following the announcement of Nordstrom's opening; the 335,000 sq. ft. downtown flagship will be completely overhauled.[15] This expansion has prompted many retailers already in the Rideau Centre to pursue renovations. Stores such as Harry Rosen have undergone major renovations, capitalizing on the Ottawa area's density of high income salaried government employees.[11][12] While the Rideau Centre does not have plans to focus on high-end luxury, the company says that the city is more of an “aspirational luxury” marketplace, one step removed from shops such as Louis Vuitton and Prada.[16] Aside from the retail and interior space additions and renovations, the redesigned centre will include significant façade enhancements along Rideau Street including a refurbished Charles Ogilvy heritage façade, and a complete interior renovation that will feature new quartz flooring, enhanced lighting, glass guardrails and modern amenities.[11]

The expansion at the Rideau Centre opened to the public on August 11, 2016, bringing the total retail floor area to over 969,000 sq. ft.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rideau Center located in Ottawa, Ontario (location, hours, store list)". Shopping Canada. 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  2. ^ Ottawa, The (2006-04-16). "Sens, Habs rivalry may have to do". Canada.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Wednesday, April 24, 2002 Israeli backer slams mall cops - Pushed, cuffed, locked up and insulted because he's Jewish?". IMRA. 2002-04-24. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  4. ^ "American Jewish Year". Books.google.ca. p. 314. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  5. ^ "Attempt to cancel gym membership turned violent, client says - Ottawa - CBC News". Cbc.ca. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Gym Guards Beat Man To Pulp When He Tried To Cancel – Consumerist". Consumerist.com. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ https://archive.is/20120707143438/http://blog.soshalgroup.com/post/6692016605/social-media-the-accountability-machine. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  10. ^ "580 CFRA News Talk Radio :: Homepage". Cfra.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Rideau Centre Launches $360 Million Redevelopment Project". Cadillacfairview.com. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  12. ^ a b "3 high-enders coming to Rideau Centre". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  13. ^ "Nordstrom opens at Rideau Centre - Retail - Ottawa Business Journal". Obj.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  14. ^ "Simons department store prepares for August opening in Gatineau". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  15. ^ "Hudson's Bay Initiates Unprecedented Store Renovations". RETAIL INSIDER. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  16. ^ "Rideau Centre GM gives update on redevelopment project - Local - Ottawa Business Journal". Obj.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  17. ^ "Rideau Centre welcomes 25 new retailers". Retrieved 2016-08-12. 

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