This is Our Place: Burlington Centre Celebrates 50th Anniversary and a Freshly Renovated Shopping Centre with Grand Opening Festivities
Burlington Teen Tour Marching Band, Mayor Goldring, and the city’s own Rich Cloke and Patty Sullivan each lend a hand to the celebrations
October 29, 2018 (Burlington) – Nearly two years of renovations culminated with a community-focused celebration inside the pristine corridors of the freshly renovated Burlington Centre on Saturday. The famed Burlington Teen Tour Marching Band was on hand alongside Burlington-born TV personality Patty Sullivan, Mayor Goldring, Karina Gould MP, Jane McKenna MPP and others, to officially mark the Grand Opening of Burlington Centre following a complete interior and exterior $60 million renovation. The day-long celebration, which included a kids-zone, in-mall stretch and the launch of a permanent community space, The Hub, coincided with the 50th anniversary of the shopping centre. A Pop-Up museum detailing the history of the shopping centre was unveiled during the Grand Opening and remains on display at Burlington Centre.
“We wanted the Grand Opening to be an occasion where we could celebrate with the community and collectively look forward to the next 50 years in Burlington. But it was equally important to recognize our history, and the role this property has played in the city over the last half century,” says GM Heidi McGaw. “When Burlington Mall opened its doors in October of 1968, the Teen Tour Marching Band was marching through the halls. We’re honoured to be continuing the tradition of welcoming the city’s leaders and the local community into our centre.”
Betty Anne Millar, who was an administrative assistant at the mall when it first opened its doors and later became the first female General Manager of the mall in the 1970’s was present as a special guest. She was flanked by Mayor Goldring, incoming Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, Karina Gould MP, Jane McKenna MPP, Heidi McGaw and RioCan COO Jonathan Gitlin, during a ribbon cutting ceremony that officially marked the opening.
“RioCan and our partners at KingSett believe Burlington Centre is a model for how community shopping centres can operate going forward,” says Gitlin. “As retail continues to evolve, it’s even more important for properties such as this to serve as a gathering place for the community. We were mindful to ensure the changes we made to our branding, tenant mix and physical space were reflective of the preferences of shoppers and changes in the community.”
As a result of the renovations, Burlington Centre has welcomed a series of new tenants into the property. Specialty grocery store Denninger’s, a new Indigo and Indigo Kids with a Starbucks, and the revamped Winners were among the first of the new stores to open. They will be joined by a series of new food offerings, including East Side Mario’s, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Blaze Pizza and Mr. Greek, as well as a new Freshii that just opened in the revamped food court.
The opportunity to re-think Burlington Centre’s retail and community offerings was presented when Target exited the market. Rather than pursue another large tenant, the team saw the benefits of redeveloping the property to better suit the changing needs of the community. New upgrades and amenities include, beautifully upgraded washrooms, including a nursing and family room as well as the addition of secondary washrooms, improved free Wifi, enhanced wayfinding and digital directories, new comfortable furniture with electrical outlets for charging, updated food court design with new furniture and charging outlets, enhanced Guest Services, including a new kiosk and the Community Hub. The resulting renovations and curated tenant mix culminated in a re-branding to Burlington Centre, in August, 2018.
In the spring, Burlington Centre kicked-off a year-long campaign supporting local organizations, hosting and participating in community events as part of ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary and the transformation of the property. These efforts debuted with BurlingtonGreen’s, Clean-Up Green Up and ewaste event for Earth Day. Shortly after, Burlington Centre teamed up with Sound of Music Festival to host two pop-up concerts at the property ahead of the 2018 festival. Recently the centre helped launch the Gift of Giving Back’s summer campaign with BOMBA baseball and was present at the 2018 Terry Fox run in Spencer Smith Park.
“We are proud of our history here, and excited to provide what the community is looking for in the near and long-term,” says McGaw. “We look forward to being part of the continued growth and prosperity of Burlington.”
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About Burlington Centre
Burlington Centre, which first opened its doors 50 years ago, has always been a hub for friends, families and the neighbourhood to shop, eat and socialize. But it’s time to look ahead. With an investment of $60 million to redevelop and redesign the iconic centre making space for new and redeveloped stores as well as a new guest experience, Burlington Centre brings new life and energy to the community.
RioCan is one of Canada’s largest real estate investment trusts with a total enterprise value of approximately $13.7 billion at June 30, 2018. RioCan owns, manages and develops retail-focused, increasingly mixed-use properties located in prime, high-density transit-oriented areas where Canadians want to shop, live and work. Our portfolio is comprised of 267 properties, including 17 development properties, with an aggregate net leasable area of approximately 42 million square feet. To learn more about how we deliver real vision on solid ground, visit www.riocan.com.