Midtown Plaza (Saskatoon)

Midtown Plaza (Saskatoon)
Midtown Plaza
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Midtown Plaza main entrance showing CN tower
Location 201 1st Avenue South – Central Business District, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Opening date 1968 (Simpson-Sears only); July 30 1970 (full mall); renovated 1990
Owner Oxford Properties
No. of stores and services 131
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 616,282 sq ft (57,254.5 m2) / 96,883 sq ft (9,000.7 m2) retail
Parking 1,000 surface north, south and Sears lot and 796 underground
No. of floors 2 (mall)
12 (tower)
Website http://www.midtownplaza.ca/

Midtown Plaza is a shopping mall in Downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, that is owned by the Oxford Properties Group. [1] The two main anchors are Sears Canada and The Bay and the shopping centre has a total store count of approximately 130 stores, making it the largest shopping centre in Saskatchewan. The mall was built on the former site of the city's main railway station as part of a major inner city redevelopment project in the 1960s that also saw construction of a freeway, the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge, and TCU Place a major arts-convention complex.

The mall officially opened with a full complement of 51 stores and services on July 30, 1970; however, one of its anchor tenants, Simpson-Sears (now Sears Canada) opened for business in 1968.[2]

Also part of the Midtown Plaza complex is CN Towers – renamed in 2006 "The Tower at Midtown", an office block that was for most of the 1970s the tallest building in Saskatoon. The 12-story tower is 57 m (187 ft) in height.[3] Besides professional offices, from the 1970s to the early 2000s it also housed the broadcast facilities for the city's Canadian Broadcasting Corporation affiliate, CBKST.

The mall is served by the province's largest underground parking garage and two above-ground parking lots to the north and south of the mall.

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History

Midtown Plaza opened in 1969 as a single-level mall with approximately 60 stores, with its official grand opening occurring on July 30, 1970. Initially, the mall's anchor tenants were the department stores Sears Canada (then known as Simpson-Sears) and Eaton's, with Kresge's discount department store serving as a junior anchor. A Dominion grocery store and a branch of the Famous Players movie theatre chain were added to the mall in its early years. The Midtown 2 was a two screen theatre that operated from 1970-2000. [4] In the mid-1980s, Dominion closed its Saskatchewan locations and the space was used as special events show room for a time (best known for hosting extravagant Christmas season displays) before being renovated into a food court in the late 1980s; the redevelopment of this part of the mall sparked the full-scale renovation that resulted in the addition of a second floor in the early 1990s, as well as an alteration of the building's facade into a design based upon the lines of the original rail station.

On August 16, 1976, a one-ton piece of concrete fell off the side of the CN Towers, crashing into the mall below; the mall and the office block were subsequently closed for several days while engineers assessed the building's integrity.[5]

The Eaton's store closed after that chain's collapse in the late 1990s and a few years later was replaced by The Bay, which vacated its five-storey location on 2nd Avenue North in favor of moving into the mall. The movie theatre closed in the late 1990s as well, and after standing unoccupied by a permanent tenant for a number of years, by the late 2000s a portion of the theatre location was taken up by smaller retailers.

In the early 1980s a small boutique-style shopping centre called Midtown Village opened adjacent to the west side of the mall on Idylwyld Drive. In 1989 it was purchased by Midtown Plaza but remained mostly vacant before being leased by Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation Community Services. It was demolished in 2007 and turned into additional mall parking. Another addition to the complex was the construction of a Toys "R" Us store in the late 1990s. This store is not physically connected to the mall, being built on a section of the plaza's south parking lot and separated from the mall by 20th Street, but is still considered part of Midtown Plaza.

Stores and services

List of stores and services as of March 2008:

Food services

Women's clothing

Men's clothing

Men's and women's clothing

-Eddie Bauer -Urban Planet (UP)

Health and beauty

  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Sangsters Health Centres
  • Lush
  • The Body Shop
  • Angles Salon Spa
  • Hair Affair & Chatters
  • Midtown Stylists
  • Dr. Strelioff - Optometrist
  • General Nutrition Centre
  • Pearle Vision
  • First Lady Products
  • Fruits and Passion

Shoes, bags, and accessories

Telecommunication services

Electronics, music, movies and games

Jewellers

Children's clothing

Greeting cards, books and travel agents

Department stores

Banks

Sports equipment

Toys

Miscellaneous

  • Apple Art Works
  • Quarks
  • Quilts Etc.
  • Stokes
  • Stitch It
  • Sears Keys & Engraved Gifts
  • Things Engraved

Location

Coordinates Coordinates: 52°7'39"N 106°40'3"W Coordinates: 52°07′39″N 106°40′03″W / 52.127500°N 106.667500°W / 52.127500; -106.667500

References

  1. ^ Oxford Properties Group
  2. ^ Midtown Plaza grand opening supplement, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, July 29, 1970
  3. ^ "Canada Building". emporis.com. http://www.emporis.com/application/?nav=building&id=canadabuilding-saskatoon-canada. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  4. ^ Saskatchewan Movie Theatre History
  5. ^ Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, August 17, 1976

External links

See also


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