Vaughan Mills Mall has officially opened its doors to reveal its $87-million expansion project last week.
We stopped by the grand opening event which featured live music, a live graffiti artist installation, and special performances which was hosted by ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey. The 200,000-square-foot (18,600 m2) expansion on the east side of the property features a dynamic Event Court, a futuristic Digital Lounge and an entertaining Sport Neighbourhood. Vaughan Mills also boasts 50 additional retail concepts, together offering an unparalleled shopping experience in Canada. The new expansion is beautiful and the opening day was extremely well receieved, with customers lining up for the opening of their favourite shops! You can find more details about the new shopping experience destinations below.
As we approach Vaughan Mills’ 10-year anniversary, we continue to focus on building momentum and are excited to celebrate our milestone with this expansion
“Our vision was to grow an already successful property and cultivate a one-of-a-kind modern shopping experience that offers impressive retailers and a connected destination.”says David Baffa, Senior Vice President, Retail Development, Ivanhoé Cambridge.
The expansion includes an innovative and contemporary setting with the Event Court featuring custom lighting and lounge seating. With 37-ft (11 m) ceilings and a seating capacity for about 50 people in soft, comfortable seats, the space can accommodate special events, and on occasion, shoppers will enjoy a variety of live entertainment programs, including fashion shows, displays, celebrity appearances and small performances.
Driven by innovation and state-of-the-art technology, the expansion will also feature a fully Wi-Fi-connected Digital Lounge with full interactive capabilities, such as touch and gesture, designed in partnership with Cineplex Digital Solutions. To complement the shopping ambience, the Digital Lounge offers a fully connected experience, great for group collaboration and independent surfing.
For sports enthusiasts, the expansion includes a Sports Court where consumers can catch televised sporting events on 12 large format television screens.
A distinctive entrance leading to the new Sport Neighbourhood showcases bold colours and an eye-catching numerical icon. In addition to the features of the new Neighbourhood, a strong retail mix is added including brands such as PUMA, Reebok Outlet, ASICS Outlet, ivivva athletica, Atmosphere, Mountain Warehouse and Running Room.
At 1.27 million square feet (118,000 m2), Vaughan Mills is now home to 250 stores, 6,500 parking spaces, a new Neighbourhood, two new event courts, a Digital Lounge and three new anchors.
So whats next for this growing, premiere retail destination? Well, the final phase of the project will be completed in 2015 and includes a redesigned food court offering new dining options. It will also expand service capacity in the 1,000-seat floor plan and allow for improved traffic flow by creating a new central Speed-Lane feature. Additionally, a free Wi-Fi hot-spot will enhance the property’s amenities.