Tsawwassen, British Columbia, October 5, 2016 – Tsawwassen Mills, the newest shopping centre in Greater Vancouver and the largest built in Canada since 2009, officially opened its doors at 10 a.m. this morning.
Among those in attendance at the grand opening event were Ivanhoé Cambridge executives, Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams and the Honourable John Rustad, British Columbia Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. The event was also attended by a large crowd of enthusiastic shoppers who began lining up early in the morning to take advantage of special Grand Opening giveaways, contests and sales.
“Today is a day of enormous pride at Ivanhoé Cambridge. Tsawwassen Mills delivers on our promise made and more: a terrific retail mix in a state-of-the-art property”, said Daniel Fournier, Chairman and CEO, Ivanhoé Cambridge. “We thank our friends of Tsawwassen First Nation for the spirit of cooperation since the very beginning of this great project.”
Chief Bryce Williams, Tsawwassen First Nation declared: “The opening of Tsawwassen Mills represents the end of one journey and the beginning of a new one for the Tsawwassen people. We are now welcoming everyone onto Tsawwassen Lands, to come to this great location and discover what Ivanhoé Cambridge has built together with our community. As you visit this terrific project, you will see that we have built community, built culture, and built our Nation’s pride through this partnership. This is reconciliation in action, and we invite everyone to come and witness.”
Tsawwassen Mills is a fully-enclosed centre with five distinct shopping neighbourhoods – Fashion, Outdoor Life, Coast Salish, City, and Nature – each featuring its own custom artwork and design elements. 180 brands are confirmed, including 18 that are first-to-market such as: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, DSW–Designer Shoe Warehouse, Pro Hockey Life, Saks OFF 5TH, The Outlet by Harry Rosen, Michael Kors Outlet, lululemon athletica outlet, Browns Outlet and more.
The centre includes a 1,100-seat food hall, four traditional sit-down restaurants, a children’s play area, a sports dome and six public entrances, each with its own special design features. Additionally, several stores offer unique entertainment options, including a skate park in West 49 and a themed bowling alley in Bass Pro Shops.
Tsawwassen Mills by the numbers:
- More than $600M invested by Ivanhoé Cambridge
- 180 brands confirmed
- 13 anchor stores at opening
- 1.2 million ft2 (111,500 m2) of retail space (gross leasable area – GLA)
- 1.4 million ft2 (130,000 m2) total footprint
- 1,100-seat food hall
- Approximately 3,500 full-time and part-time jobs created
- 5 distinct shopping neighbourhoods: Fashion, Nature, City, Coast Salish and Outdoor Life
- 5 courts: Community Court, Play Court, Bird Court, Festival Court and Sport Court
- 6,000–stall parking lot
- 14 electric vehicle charging stations
- 2,000 trees planted on the property
- 20% of the materials used to construct the property contain recycled materials
- Pre-certified LEED® Canada
Tsawwassen Mills’ ideal location at Highway 17 and 52nd Street – just 30 minutes north of the Washington State border and less than 5 km from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, with easy access from Richmond, Vancouver, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Burnaby and New Westminster – makes it a retail destination of choice for shoppers from the Metro Vancouver area, Vancouver Island and the U.S.
Please visit tsawwassenmills.com
Jenna Livergant, National Public Relations
Ivanhoé Cambridge Public Affairs