Oshawa Centre completed its $230 million expansion and redevelopment and marked the occasion with a grand reopening Thursday attended by Oshawa Mayor John Henry and Claude Sirois, president, retail for Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate company which owns and operates the mall, among others.

The redevelopment involved 375,000 square feet of retail space including growing the center by 260,000 square feet to 1.2 million square feet, bringing in 60 new brands, creating a new food court, adding two full-service restaurants, a 500-foot long “living wall” which provides a screen to the parking area, and two electric vehicle charging stations. Parking was expanded and common areas were upgraded.

Said David Baffa, senior vice president, retail development, Ivanhoé Cambridge, “The expansion impacts the community by providing more great stores to choose from, an environmentally-responsible design and brings approximately 1,000 new full-time and part-time jobs to the region.”

Among the new retailers: Adidas, Forever 21, Hot topic, Lindt and Skechers. Zara will open next year. The 60-year-old center is among Canada’s top sales performers and attracts over nine million shoppers annually. Oshawa Centre is located in the city of Oshawa, northeast of Toronto.

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