Polo Park


Polo Park

infobox shopping mall
shopping_mall_name = Polo Park


caption =
location = Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
opening_date = May 1, 1959
developer =
manager = Cadillac Fairview
owner = Cadillac Fairview
number_of_stores = 200+
number_of_anchors =
floor_area = convert|1202000|sqft|m2
floors = 3
website = [http://www.polopark.ca www.polopark.ca]
parking =

Polo Park is Winnipeg's largest retail and entertainment district. Largest mall out of the eight malls (counting itself) in the city. Situated on the former Polo Park Racetrack, the Polo Park Mall was one of the first enclosed shopping malls in Canada. The mall of Polo Park has over 200 stores including Zellers, The Bay, Sears and the SilverCity movie theatres. It is the largest shopping centre in Canada between Toronto and Edmonton.

The original mall department store anchors were Eaton's and Simpsons Sears.

The district was also the home of the Winnipeg Arena (demolished) and continues to be the home of the Winnipeg Stadium (now the Canad Inns Stadium). The Winnipeg Velodrome was adjacent to the arena and the stadium. It was torn down in the 1990s to make way for a strip mall that includes Home Depot and Chapters.

The CKY building was situated near the stadium and the arena. Until 2006, it housed the city's CTV television network affiliate, CKY-TV. For many years, it was also the home of CKY radio and FM 92 CITI. The building was also the original home of the WTN network.

Expansions

In 1986 the mall got a $75 million renovation that added a second story. Some downtown Winnipeg merchants foresaw how it would negatively affect their stores and spoke out about it during city hall hearings in 1984. [cite news | title = Downtown merchants criticize Polo Park expansion plan | publisher = Winnipeg Free Press| page = 3 | date = September 7, 1984] However Council approved of the expansion plan regardless. [cite news | title = Polo Park expansion approved by council | publisher = Winnipeg Free Press | page = 1 | date = September 6, 1984] . The expanded shopping centre opened in mid-August 1986. [cite news
title = Refurbished Polo Park mall overwhelms shoppers | publisher = Winnipeg Free Press | page = 2 | date = August 14, 1986
]

In 2007 Polo Park earned itself a $30 million expansion and renovation, adding convert|20000|sqft|m2. There are talks about Polo Park expanding and attaching to the new proposed Canad Inns Stadium if the stadium is built in the upcoming future.

Anchors & Majors

*Sears (256,243 sq ft.)
*The Bay (212,086 sq ft.)
*Zellers (97,201 sq ft.)
*Silver City (77,567 sq ft.)
*The Gap/Gap Kids (10,350 sq ft.)
*Polo Park Lanes (15,132 sq ft.)
*Safeway (39,989 sq ft.)
*Sport Chek (20,004 sq ft.)
*McNally Robinson opened 2008
*P"HAT" (945 sq ft.)

External links

* [http://www.polopark.ca Polo Park website]

References


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