Scarborough Town Centre

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Scarborough Town Centre
Scarborough Town Centre Front.jpg
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°46′35″N 79°15′30″W / 43.776354°N 79.258279°W / 43.776354; -79.258279Coordinates: 43°46′35″N 79°15′30″W / 43.776354°N 79.258279°W / 43.776354; -79.258279
Address300 Borough Drive
Opening dateMay 2, 1973
DeveloperTrizec Corporation
ManagementOxford Properties
OwnerAlberta Investment Management Corporation and OMERS
No. of stores and services250+[1]
No. of anchor tenants4 (3 open, 1 in the process of redevelopment)
Total retail floor area121,000 m2 (1,300,000 sq ft)
No. of floors2
Parking3000 spaces
Public transit accessTTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg Scarborough Centre metro station and bus terminal
Websitescarboroughtowncentre.com

The Scarborough Town Centre (STC) is a shopping mall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Central to the Scarborough City Centre in the former city of Scarborough, it is adjacent to the Scarborough Centre station and Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal.[2] It was constructed by Oxford Properties and opened in 1973 to become the sixth largest shopping mall in Canada, fourth largest in Ontario and third in Toronto by retail space.

Description[edit]

The mall is located on the north side of Albert Campbell Square, across from the Scarborough Civic Centre.[2]

The mall is served by Highway 401 and can also be reached through a turnaround ramp on McCowan Road, Progress Avenue, and Brimley Road. The TTC's Line 3 Scarborough also has a station adjacent to the mall, Scarborough Centre, opened in 1985 with service running southwest to Kennedy station on the Bloor–Danforth line and east to McCowan Station.[2]

Scarborough Town Centre currently includes Hudson's Bay, Walmart, and Cineplex Cinemas as its anchors. It has more than 121,000 m2 (1,300,000 sq ft) and about 250 plus stores, making it the fourth-largest shopping centre in Greater Toronto, after Square One Shopping Centre, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and Toronto Eaton Centre. Scarborough Town Centre is Toronto's east end's most important transportation hub. In addition to the RT, Scarborough Town Centre is a busy terminal for a number of TTC bus routes, as well as GO Transit.

The mall itself and most of the land surrounding it are owned by OMERS (the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) pension fund under their Oxford Properties division.

Scarborough Walk of Fame[edit]

In 2006, ten prominent members of Scarborough's community were inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame, and this was the first annual ceremony. The stars (plaques) of the Walk of Fame are located behind the main atrium, in front of H&M. Formerly, they were located on a walkway between the food courts of the mall, on the upper level.

The first inductees were burn-unit founder Dr. Lloyd N. Carlsen, educator Dr. R. H. King, NBA player Jamaal Magloire, pulmonary scientist Dr. Charles C. Macklin, artist Doris McCarthy, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and former television personality, The Honourable David Onley, Olympic hockey player Vicky Sunohara, pioneer David Thomson, hip-hop artist Wes Williams, and geriatric care entrepreneur Dr. Joseph Yu Kai Wong.[3]

History[edit]

Centre Court, 2015

The mall was constructed in 1972 and was opened on May 2, 1973. At that time it included two major Canadian department stores, Simpson's and Eaton's. Miracle Food Mart, a supermarket was also located in the mall; part of the Steinbergs chain it was co-located with a Miracle Mart, a discount department store, It was designed to serve as part of the civic and commercial centre of what was then the Borough of Scarborough. Scarborough Town Centre opened with 130 stores adjacent to the borough's administration buildings. It provided a central landmark in an otherwise newer suburban area of Toronto.[4]

Originally Y-shaped, with its stem towards the Civic Centre, a second phase of construction added the northern department store (former The Bay Store) and two wings. The construction added 22,000 m2 (240,000 sq ft) of retail space, and was opened on August 8, 1979.[5] In 1998-1999, the mall was expanded once again to allow more anchor stores and retail space.

The mall's latest renovation in 2010, branded "Lighten Up," gave retailers such as Victoria's Secret interests in retail space.[6] Victoria's Secret have opened one of Canada's first Pink stores in the former Disney Store in July 2010. Other major retailers, Forever 21 and Aritzia, have replaced Sport Chek and Birk's. The mall has the largest Zara store in the east GTA at 2,200 m2 (24,000 sq ft).[4]

On August 4, 2016, the new food court opened below the existing food court and was branded as TASTE MRKT. The upper level of the food court is now closed and has reopened as a mall space with unique dining atmosphere for shoppers by offering more upscale, interior-patio style seating underneath the existing skylight.[7]

The Sears store closed in late 2017 as part of the liquidation of Sears Canadian operations. The Sears store is expected to be redeveloped by the mall in the future, though they have not yet said what is planned. The 1st floor has been remodeled into Urban Behavior. In 2018, the mall opened a Muji store near the Centre Court. The store is the 5th in the GTA. A Miniso also opened outside of Walmart, in the former Roots Canada, which has relocated next to Aritzia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scarborough Town Centre - Specialty Leasing". Scarborough Town Centre.
  2. ^ a b c "Directions & Map to East GTA's Premier Mall". Scarborough Town Centre. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Scarborough Walk of Fame - Inductees". Scarborough Walk of Fame. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Scarborough Town Centre located in Toronto, Ontario (location, hours, store list) - Shopping Canada". www.shopping-canada.com.
  5. ^ "Scarborough Town Centre - 250+ Shops, TASTE MRKT & Restaurants and Cinema". www.scarboroughtowncentre.com.
  6. ^ "Scarborough Town Centre".
  7. ^ "TASTE MRKT: Opening August 4". www.scarboroughtowncentre.com.

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