The Pen Centre

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The Pen Centre
Location 221 Glendale Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2T 2K9
Opening date 1958
Management 20VIC
Owner Cushman & Wakefield
No. of stores and services 180
No. of anchor tenants 4 (2 open, 2 in process of redevelopment)
Total retail floor area 1,036,696 sq ft (96,312.2 m2)
No. of floors 1
Parking 5000
Website The Pen Centre
Exterior shot of the Pen Centre viewed from the south-east.

The Pen Centre (originally The Niagara Peninsula Shopping Centre) is the largest mall in the Niagara Region, located in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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Opened in 1958,[1] The Pen was at one point the fourth largest mall in Canada,[2] with over one million square feet of floor space. Located next to the Highway 406, it features over 180 stores, a major department store, a supermarket, a ten-screen movieplex, and several large format anchors.[3]

In 2011, the mall began a $13 million renovation of the common space, including 3,600 sq. ft. of new skylights, a new food court, floors and ceiling treatments.[4] The renovations were completed in 2012.[5]

The mall previously housed several large retailers:

  • Sears (194,611 sq ft.) Closed its store in January 2018.
  • Eaton’s (converted to mall space in the late 1990s)
  • Target (126,690 sq ft.)[6] - Vacated spring 2015. - Formerly Kmart and Zellers. To become a Walmart in the future.

Target announced that it was opening a store in the Pen Centre’s former Zellers location in 2013. Just over a year later, in April 2015, Target shuttered all of its Canadian stores.[7] Later in 2015, the location was sold to Walmart Canada[8], which began construction on a newly revamped building in February 2018, and there is no opening date yet. Sears closed its store along with all other Canadian stores in January 2018[9] [10], and as of June 2018, it is not yet known who will replace the former Sears store space.

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Coordinates: 43°08′10″N 79°13′30″W / 43.136°N 79.225°W / 43.136; -79.225