Oakridge Centre Mall is a mid-sized upper-scale shopping centre in Vancouver, BC. Since late 2020, most of it is closed due to major renovations.
Prior to the mall’s current renovations, it has been the Lower Mainland’s twelfth largest shopping centre, and the second largest within the City of Vancouver (after Pacific Centre). After all the upgrades and expansion are complete, however, with around 900,000 square feet of retail space, it will be a huge multi-purpose development and the region’s fifth or sixth largest mall.
OAKRIDGE MALL REDEVELOPMENT
Since starting in September 2020, Oakridge Mall is going through a major redevelopment. The mall is being renovated into a “mixed-use community” with retail space, residential buildings, a community centre and a large park. Before that it was just a mall.
The original plan was for the mall to be closed in phases; however, in order to speed up the development process, many retailers volunteered to close their doors early. Up until Christmas Eve, 2020, stores that remained open included the Hudson’s Bay, Crate&Barrel and some food court options. Since December 25th, however, the entire food court is also now closed.
Once complete, the mall will feature an outdoor public park, rec centre, library, seniors’ centre, performing arts venue, residential towers and other amenities. It promises to be impressive.
For updates on the ongoing redevelopment visit the Oakridge Centre Construction page.
Oakridge Centre Mall and Urban Development
Located within the city of Vancouver, Oakridge Mall is one of the most profitable malls in Canada. The place originally opened in 1959 with a Woodward’s department store which was later converted into a Hudson’s Bay.
The mall is currently being redeveloped and, as a result, the majority of its stores and services are currently closed.
Oakridge Centre can be found at the intersection of West 41st and Cambie Street. Its address is 650 West 41st Avenue. The mall is less than a 5-minute drive from both VanDusen Botanical Garden and Queen Elizabeth Park.
Opening hours for the mall in normal times are from 11 am until 7 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 12 to 5 pm on Sundays. Due to the mall’s redevelopment, hours of operation for Crate and Barrel and The Bay may vary.
Oakridge Mall is normally home to a variety of retailers ranging from fashion to home goods and more. However, due to the ongoing redevelopment the only two stores currently in operation are the Hudson’s Bay and Crate&Barrel.
The Hudson’s Bay is the mall’s large department store anchor. The Bay sells a variety of items from clothing to shoes to home goods. Opening hours for The Bay are usually from 11 am to 6 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 11 am to 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Crate and Barrel is a luxury home goods retailer. Opening hours for this store are from 10 am until 8 pm every day except Sundays when the store is open from 10 am until 7 pm.
Events at Oakridge Centre
The same as other shopping malls in Metro Vancouver, Oakridge Centre hosts a number of smaller events at different times of the year. There is usually a Santa Claus for kids to visit at Christmas for example (although not in 2020 because of COVID-19).
Around Chinese New Year, in either January or February depending on the year, Oakridge Centre is normally one of the venues where Lunarfest activities take place. There is usually a display of some kind at the mall during the festival, plus sometimes crafts or other activities. Because of the mall’s renovations, no Lunarfest or Chinese New Year activities take place at Oakridge in 2021.
For more details visit the Oakridge Centre Mall website.
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