The shopping centre building complex is also home to Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus, as well as a large office tower.
MALL STORES AND COVID-19
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many places were closed during the spring of 2020. As of the fall, most stores in Central City remain open, but with reduced hours (although with longer hours during the Black Friday and Christmas shopping season).
For health and safety reasons, the play area at the mall is closed and the food court has less seating to help promote physical distancing.
For up-to-date information about mall hours and a list of retailers that are currently open, see the Central City website.
Central City Mall in Surrey
The mall at Central City isn’t huge, but features major retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, Winners and more. The building’s design is interesting since it houses stores, offices and a university campus. This generates a rather unique atmosphere and differentiates it from most other malls in the Lower Mainland.
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the shopping centre is typically open from 10 am to 7 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. It is open from 10 am to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Sunday hours are from 11 am to 6 pm.
Central City Location
Central City’s address is 10153 King George Boulevard. It is across the street from Holland Park, and only one block away from Surrey’s City Hall and Public Library.
There are tons of free parking spaces on the property, including both outdoor and underground lots.
Surrey Central Bus Loop and SkyTrain Station are just outside the building, which makes transiting to and from the mall very easy.
Central City Stores
This shopping centre is much smaller in size compared to Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, or even Surrey’s Guildford Town Centre. However, having fewer stores does come with some benefits. Central City is noticeably less busy than the aforementioned malls. This means that finding parking or even a particular item to purchase may be faster than at other places.
Central City’s large anchor stores include Walmart, Best Buy, Winners, The Brick, and T&T Supermarket (which is a large, interesting Chinese/Asian-influenced grocery store). Other stores worth noting include Urban Planet, Soccerplus and Craving for a Game. Craving for a Game is especially interesting. It offers a large selection of non-electronic games in addition to a play area where you can try out hundreds of products. The mall also features a Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness.
There are quite a lot of places to eat at within the mall. The food court has an A&W, Freshslice Pizza, Quesada, Thai Express and more. The mall also has a Starbucks and Tim Hortons, along with Boston Pizza, Ricky’s Restaurant and Neptune Seafood Restaurant. Central City Brew Pub is located on the northeast side of the mall too.
SFU at Central City
Surrey’s Simon Fraser University campus is located on the second floor of the building and can primarily be accessed from the north plaza. The building’s award-winning architecture features a loop that overlooks the mall. Over eight thousand students attend classes here and likely find it convenient to fulfill educational, shopping and food needs all in one building.
To learn more about Central City, see the Central City website.
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Large events that take place within walking distance of the mall at various times of the year include the following:
- Party for the Planet – an Earth Day-themed festival with live music and family-friendly activities outside Surrey City Hall.
- Surrey Fest Downtown – a small festival in June with live entertainment and community booths at Holland Park.
- National Indigenous People’s Day – an event celebrating First Nation’s culture at Holland Park in June.
- FVDED in the Park – a music festival featuring Alternative, Electronic, R&B and Hip-Hop music at Holland Park in July.
- Surrey Fusion Festival – a multicultural event with live music and food at Holland Park in July.
- Diwali Fest – an East Indian-themed festival in October with events in both Vancouver and Surrey (including in the plaza outside Central City Mall most years).
- Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – an event marking the start of the Christmas season outside Surrey City Hall in late November.