Vaughan Mills

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Vaughan Mills
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Location Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Address 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Concord, Ontario L4K 5W4
Opening date November 4, 2004
Owner Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.
No. of stores and services 245[1]
No. of anchor tenants 16
Total retail floor area 1,274,000 square feet (120,000 m2)[2]
Website Vaughan Mills

Vaughan Mills is one of the largest shopping centres in Canada located at the southeast corner of Highway 400 and Rutherford Road, in Vaughan, Ontario about 32 km north of downtown Toronto. The mall is located adjacent to Canada's Wonderland. Vaughan Mills opened on November 4, 2004, and was the first regional enclosed shopping complex in the Greater Toronto Area since the Erin Mills Town Centre opened in 1990. It has almost 1.3 million square feet (110,000 m²) of retail space.

The shopping centre was designed and built by Ivanhoe Cambridge and the Mills Corporation, the latter of which owns a portfolio of malls across the United States. JPRA served as the design architect for the center, with Bregman + Hamann Architects as the project architect. Like its American counterparts, Vaughan Mills incorporates a "race track" layout to maximize the exposure of the mall tenants. The complex has over 200 retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment outlets. Fifteen anchor retailers are present, including Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, H&M, The Children's Place, and Urban Planet. Entertainment located on the site includes Lucky Strike Lanes and the first Legoland Discovery Centre in Canada.[3]

In August 2006, the Mills Corporation sold its stake in Vaughan Mills to partner Ivanhoe Cambridge. In January 2013, plans were announced to add 150,000 square feet and 50 new stores to the mall which opened on fall of 2014.[4]

Vaughan Mills is the 15th largest mall in Canada.[when?]

YRT buses connect to this mall at Vaughan Mills Terminal.


Vaughan Mills site, October 2000

When Vaughan Mills was conceived in fall 1999, it was meant to be a slightly larger complex at 1.4 million square feet (130,000 m²), with up to 18 anchor retailers and a combined 245 stores and services.[1]

The shopping centre was intended to be a stepping stone for American retailers wanting to enter the Canadian market, however Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World was the only U.S. retailer to make its exclusive launch there, while other anticipated retailers such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Off 5th Saks and Burlington Coat Factory ending up never came to Vaughan Mills.[5] In September 1999, Bed Bath & Beyond and Sun & Ski Sports were among the six American retailers that were announced as Vaughan Mills' first anchor tenants. An ESPN X Games Skatepark was also planned as the main entertainment venue on the site. The mall had a projected opening date of Fall 2001.[citation needed]

The mall had its 2 millionth visitor less than 2 months after its opening.[6]

On October 23, 2014, the expansion of the mall with 50 new stores opened.[citation needed]

On May 6, 2015, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th announced they would be opening a 35,000 sq. ft store in the mall in 2016.

Vaughan Mills visit over 13.5 million people per year.[1]


Outdoor World
Toys "R" Us at Vaughan Mills
Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto

Two anchors closed in early 2012: Style Sense (20,703 sq ft (1,923 m2) and NASCAR SpeedPark (39,691 sq ft (3,687 m2)., 15,134 sq ft (1,406 m2). mezzanine, 54,503 sq ft (5,063 m2). total).

Exemptions to the Retail Business Holidays Act[edit]

The Region of York passed an exemption to Ontario's Retail Business Holidays Act to allow businesses in Vaughan to open on the following statutory holidays: New Year's Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day.[7]

Vaughan Mills closes its doors only three days a year: Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.[7]

Similar malls in Canada[edit]

CrossIron Mills, located outside of Calgary, Alberta, opened on August 19, 2009. It has a number of the same retailers as the Vaughan Mills Mall, including Bass Pro Shops. The CrossIron Mills location opened in the spring of 2009, several months ahead of the main mall. The construction, leasing, and opening of the mall has paralleled Vaughan Mills to a degree, as it, too, has occurred during an economic recession. CrossIron Mills has a larger footprint than Vaughan Mills, but lacks any direct access to local transit services.[citation needed]

The other locations being considered include:

See also[edit]

Other outlet malls in the Greater Toronto area:


  1. ^ a b c Vaughan Mills, Quoted: 28 June 2015.
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  4. ^ McDiarmid, Jessica (16 January 2013). "Vaughan Mills mall to add 50 stores". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
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  7. ^ a b "Retail Business Holiday Act Exemptions". Bylaw LI-8-95-76. Regional Municipality of York. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 

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Coordinates: 43°49′31.75″N 79°32′20.32″W / 43.8254861°N 79.5389778°W / 43.8254861; -79.5389778