Oshawa Centre expansion now open

Photograph by Dan Koehler

The expansion at the Oshawa Centre (OC) is now fully open to the public.  The growth includes 60 new retail stores, new entrances, upgraded washrooms, a food court with seating for 1,000 and two fully-serviced restaurants, Kelsey’s and Baxter’s Landing that will be opening in December. It also includes an underground parking garage that can hold 250 vehicles.

The mastermind behind the development, Daniel Fournier, the chair and CEO of Ivanhoe Cambridge, a global real estate industry, says $230 million was put into this expansion.

Fournier says the OC addition opens up many job opportunities for the community. According to Fournier, Ivanhoe Cambridge supported the OC redevelopment because, “we invest in cities and we always know who our partners are. With Oshawa, we look at if we are important to the Oshawa community, and the answer was yes.” The OC is now Ivanhoe Cambridge’s largest mall in Canada ahead of Vaughan Mills, in Vaughan, Ont. and Fairview Mall, in Kitchener, Ont.

Construction on the project started in March, 2014 and the new portion officially opened Sept. 29. Oshawa shoppers are ecstatic.

Midfield, an interactive marketing agency that specializes in brand experiences, planned a big event at the opening of the expansion. A Midfield employee, Cassia Bommarito, was at the opening, giving away custom tote bags with a bunch of goodies inside valued at $100 for customers who spent at least $300 at the mall.

“About 50 to 60 have come by and grabbed these bags, it’s pretty impressive for spending that much money,” she explained, “I live in Hamilton so I’ve never actually been to this mall, it’s my first time and it’s absolutely beautiful and stunning.”

She was having a wonderful time seeing all the shoppers. Bommarito is not the only one loving the enhancement of the mall.

Kevin Somerville and Morgan Kelly had pleasant things to say about the OC. “I’m really excited about Forever 21,” Kelly explained.

They both agree the mall is more spacious now than before.

“I’m looking forward to Guess and the cafeteria looks so nice,” says Sommerville. There were also free giveaways, free cotton candy, face painting and balloon animals.

Lynn Barry Worthington, dropped off his wife at work and thought he would check out the new upgrade as well. “It’s awesome, it has really great deals today,” he explained, with a great big smile on his face while holding a balloon animal.

Worthington said his favourite store that day was Rogers, because they were giving away free candy.

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