Montreal Eaton Centre

The Montreal Eaton Centre is a shopping mall located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the heart of Downtown Montreal in the underground city, and is connected to the Montreal Metro via McGill station.

Montreal Eaton Centre
Atrium of Montreal Eaton Centre
Coordinates45.503°N 73.572°W / 45.503; -73.572
Address705, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3B 4G5
Opening date1990[1]
ManagementIvanhoé Cambridge
OwnerIvanhoé Cambridge
No. of stores and services162[1]
Total retail floor area26,603 m2 (286,350 sq ft)[1]
No. of floors5
ParkingMetropolitain Parking (492 spaces underground)
WebsiteMontreal Eaton Centre


Montreal Eaton Centre is located on Saint Catherine Street, and is adjacent to the former Eaton's department store (now a shopping and office complex known as the Complexe Les Ailes). The centre is connected to McGill Metro station and the Montreal Underground City. Its main entrance is on the north side of Saint Catherine Street, just east of Place Montreal Trust.

The mall has four levels open to the public and contains more than a hundred stores and shops, and a food court.


The site that the Montreal Eaton Centre occupies was previously the Les Terrasses mall, which operated from 1976 to 1987. It was built atop the now-defunct Victoria Street, the road and its buildings having been expropriated for construction of the mall.

As with the existing mall, Les Terrasses was connected to the Metro, the Underground City and the now-defunct Eaton's department store; however, it differed in many respects from the current Eaton Centre. In particular, the mall layout was a triangular spiral, with gradually-rising interconnected floors, approximately 45 feet (14 m) high in total. Though it had three escalators, one at each point of the triangle, patrons could gradually walk to the top of the mall.[2] Floors were colour-coded and the mall was adorned with trees, plants and ivy. It housed 140 stores,[3] each facing towards the centre of the triangle. It was demolished after only one decade of use and, following extensive construction, reopened as the Montreal Eaton Centre in 1990.[1] Eaton's department store, for which it was named, closed in 1999.[4]

Les Terrasses/Montreal Eaton Centre was managed by Rouses Quebec Corporation Development and York Hannover Development (from 1978 to 1993). In September 1997, after the demise of Services de Gestion CEM Inc., Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. took over the shopping centre.[5]

On July 2000, Ivanhoé Cambridge (then known as Ivanhoe) acquired the mall through an exchange of assets. Cadillac Fairview ceded the Montreal Eaton Centre in exchange of Ivanhoe's stakes in Carrefour Laval and Promenades Saint-Bruno.[6][7]

On April 19, 2013, Musée Grévin Montreal, the first overseas Grévin was opened on the fifth floor of the mall.[8]

Complexe Les Ailes merger

The mall owner, Ivanhoé Cambridge, announced in March 2014 that it will merge the Montreal Eaton Centre with the neighbouring Complexe Les Ailes mall, and the newly merged complex would be renamed. The two malls will be renovated so that they will have the same "look and feel" once merged.[9] In January 2018 it was revealed the project will cost $200 million and be completed by 2020, however, in a reversal decision, the newly merged and renovated malls will retain the "Montreal Eaton Centre" name. While the adjacent Complex Les Ailes and name has disappeared, it will restore the historic Eaton name back to what once was Montreal's flagship Eaton's building.[10]

See also


  1. "Eaton Centre Montreal - Shopping Centre in Montreal, Canada". Ivanhoe Cambridge.
  2. "The Montreal Gazette - Google News Archive Search".
  3. "The Montreal Gazette - Google News Archive Search".
  4. numérisées, Internet et Services numériques, Archives. "Eaton tire sa révérence, rue Sainte-Catherine - Les Archives de Radio-Canada".
  5. "Centre Eaton: nouveau propriétaire". Le Devoir (in French). Montreal. Apr 10, 1997. p. C3. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  6. "Le Centre Eaton racheté". La Presse (in French). Montreal. July 5, 2000. p. D1. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  7. "Le Centre Eaton racheté". La Presse (in French). Montreal. Jul 5, 2000. p. D2. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  8. Fournier, Marie-Eve (21 March 2014). "Les Ailes fermeront aussi à Brossard et à Sainte-Foy". La Presse (in French). Archived from the original on 2014-03-24. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  9. Montreal Eaton Centre Overhaul Details Revealed
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