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Shoppers World Brampton is a shopping mall in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Now 40 years old, it was at one point in the 1970s Canada's top selling mall, per square foot. It is host to over 190 stores, including Canadian Tire, Winners, Zellers and Staples/Business Depot.
The parking lot is outfitted with a fully functional bus terminal which features connections to Brampton Transit as well as Mississauga Transit systems. There is also a GO Transit bus stop located on the opposite end of the parking lot.History
In 1961, Elder Mines & Development Ltd. and Peel Village Developments (both of which would eventually merge into Peel-Elder Limited) created Shoppers World Danforth, anchored by a T. Eaton Co. Ltd. store as anchor. Targeted completion date was March 1962.
The site of Shopper's World was a farmer's field purchased by Canadian developer Charles F Watson of Peel Elder Ltd., and was developed by Peel Elder Ltd., the developer of the Brampton's Peel Village community. As of 1961, planned tenants were Loblaws, Zellers, Yolles, Bata Shoe, a Maher shoe store, Lady Ellis dress shop, Bi-Rite Drugs, Tip Top Tailors and banks. In all, it planned 55 stores, plus a department store, bowling alleys and a movie theatre.
It opened in 1969 as Brampton's first indoor mall. Major tenants at the time were Kmart, Dominion and Canada Safeway. There was also a movie theater at one time, which closed after several years. It was gutted, and re-opened as a Jumbo Video. The projection booth served as the manager's office.
In 1971, Simpsons Ltd. decided to build a location of their department store at the mall, at a cost in excess of $2 million. The first of six scheduled locations, it was to open in August 1972. Simultaneous to this announcement, Peel-Elder Ltd. promised to expand the mall and their Peel Village development. In addition to high rise apartments and town houses, the developer intended to build a "motel-hotel convention centre and an office building", on 185 acres (0.75 km2) purchased for expansion purposes, back in 1959. Peel-Elder owned the facility until at least 1979.
As of 1997, the mall was owned by Pensionfund Realty Limited, a privately held real estate company owned by Morguard Investments.
There has been a recent massive renovation of the shopping complex, causing a new wave of customers to come in and a new generation's interest to be piqued. It is also notable that Shoppers World Brampton is home to some of Brampton's oldest family-operated businesses.
The addition of a Canadian Tire big-box store to the Main Street side of the mall greatly changed the facade of the mall. Many smaller stores were moved or closed to allow for the inclusion of this additional anchor store. Staples Business Depot, another big-box format store, also moved into the mall in the locations previously held by Winners and Fabricland. The Bay closed in May 2007, and Price Chopper closed a few months later, and has since been replaced by the multi-ethnic Ocean's Fresh Food Market, which opened in July 2008.
The former Bay store was demolished in October–November 2010, with plans submitted to the City of Brampton to redevelop the north end of the mall.Anchors
- Zellers (121,490 sq ft (11,287 m2))
- Canadian Tire (83,500 sq ft (7,760 m2))
- Oceans Fresh Food Market (42,150 sq ft (3,916 m2))
- Winners (30,357 sq ft (2,820 m2))
- Staples Business Depot (26,590 sq ft (2,470 m2))
- 1977: K-Mart, Simpsons, Supersave Drugs, two supermarkets
- 2007: The Bay, Price Chopper
- At one point, the mall included a waterslide and an arcade.
The Brampton Transit operated bus station, which serves the central area of the city, is located on Steeles Avenue in the southwest corner of the mall property. According to Brampton Transit, the terminal will be moved closer to Main Street and Steeles Avenue to serve the new Züm 502 Main/Hurontario bus rapid transit route, scheduled to open in September 2011.