Guildford Town Centre

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Guildford, British Columbia
North facing view of Guildford Town Centre on 152 Street
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
RegionLower Mainland
Regional DistrictMetro Vancouver
CitySurrey, British Columbia
Government
 • MayorDianne Watts
Population
 • Total59,542
 June 2009
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
Postal code span
 
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Guildford, British Columbia
North facing view of Guildford Town Centre on 152 Street
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
RegionLower Mainland
Regional DistrictMetro Vancouver
CitySurrey, British Columbia
Government
 • MayorDianne Watts
Population
 • Total59,542
 June 2009
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
Postal code span

Guildford Town Centre is a town centre of Surrey, British Columbia. It is a neighborhood of Surrey and is known for its retail corridors down 104 Avenue and 152 Street, at the intersection of which is found the 200-store Guildford Town Centre Mall (also known as the Guildford Shopping Centre). The community is named after Guildford in Surrey, England. Guildford occupies the north-eastern corner of the city of Surrey with its northern border the shores of the Fraser River, its western border extending to roughly 144th Street and the east adjoining the city of Langley at 196th Street. Its southern borders with the neighborhood of Fleetwood extends roughly to 96th Avenue while its southern border with the neighborhood of Cloverdale extends to roughly 84th and 80th Avenue. Although its land area is extensive, in local vernacular terms, the Guildford "area" centers roughly around the Guildford Town Centre Mall and its surrounding blocks. According to the 2001 census, the population of Guildford was 50,175. A notable landmark in Guildford is the 86 metre (280 ft) tall flagpole, which was previously located at the Expo 86 fairgrounds, and was then the record holder for world's tallest flagpole.[1] It is also home to the Guildford Recreation Centre which is owned and operated by the City of Surrey to serve the recreational needs of local residents. The head office of the Coast Capital Savings credit union is also located within Guildford.

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Guildford Town Centre Mall

Guildford Town Centre shopping mall depicting the old Walmart site prior to its expansion currently (2012) under construction
Guildford recreation centre - not attached to the mall itself

Guildford Town Centre Mall was built in 1966 and is owned by Ivanhoe Cambridge, a Quebec-based investment firm. The mall's original anchor tenants were a Woodward's Department store, Woolco (acquired by Walmart) and an Eaton's Department store. The mall has over 200 stores, services, and restaurants with a gross leasable area of 91,538 m² (985,306 sq ft), and its anchors include The Bay, Sears, Walmart, London Drugs, Old Navy, Sport Chek, and Lordco Auto Parts.

Anchors

Mall expansion

A three-phase redevelopment project began in June 2010. The first phase, completed on October 28, 2011, involved building a new Walmart Supercentre and two-level parkade structure. The second and third phases will result in a complete renovation of the mall's interior and the construction of an expansion on the south side of the existing building which will include seventy-five new stores along with a new food court. The mall is expected to be completely renovated and done by 2013. [2]

Neighbourhood

The northern most part of Guildford is also known as Fraser Heights. It is a neighbourhood with a population of about 4,000 people. The residents of Fraser Heights consist mostly of middle to upper-income families and the housing consists of large single family homes. Fraser Heights is on the shores of the Fraser River, with most homes having a view of the Fraser River and Coquitlam mountain. Fraser Heights has a recreation centre, a small shopping centre, and a few schools.

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