Place d'Orléans

Place d'Orléans is a large shopping mall and office building in the eastern end of the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in the suburb of Orléans in the former city of Gloucester. The property is about 740,000 sq ft (69,000 m2).[1] It has approximately 132 stores, including a food court and a gym (GoodLife Fitness).

Place d'Orléans
Place d'Orléans from the Sport Chek entrance
LocationOttawa, Ontario
Coordinates45°28′40″N 75°30′59″W
Address110 Place d'Orléans Drive
Opening date1979
ManagementPrimaris
OwnerPrimaris REIT, a division of H&R REIT
No. of stores and services175
No. of anchor tenants3
Total retail floor area734,477 sq ft or 68,235.1 m2
No. of floors2
Websiteplacedorleans.com

History

Place d'Orléans was originally constructed in 1979 and underwent major expansions in 1984, 1988, and 1990 to arrive at its current size and configuration. Place d'Orléans was one of the last enclosed malls built in Canada. Like many of its counterparts in North America, Place d'Orléans has been struggling to survive in the era of the big-box "power centres". Hudson's Bay expanded in 1999, taking over a large section of the north side's upper level, and reducing the number of smaller stores.

Over the years it has seen anchors come and go, such as Eaton's, Woolco, Robinson's, Consumers Distributing, Walmart, Zellers, and then Target before being demolished in 2017. Place d'Orléans has taken on non-traditional tenants: a large portion of the second floor was leased to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) until 2015. In 2016, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) took over the space that had been occupied by the RCMP. Walmart has since been relocated to Innes Road, which opened as a Walmart Supercentre in the summer of 2005. The food court underwent a renovation which was moved to the first floor of the mall and it was opened on November 1, 2019.

It is also the Orleans hub for OC Transpo, with a station connecting local routes to the Transitway. There is a passenger bridge from Place d'Orléans station to a park and ride facility on the opposite side of Regional Road 174.[2]

Walmart used to be the one of the main anchors of the mall. In early May 2006, Zellers opened a new store in the large retail space vacated by Walmart. In 2013, Zellers closed and was replaced by Target, which then closed in 2015 due to negative profits in Canada.[3]

References

  1. Oxford Properties
  2. http://www.octranspo.com
  3. Phil Wahba, "Why Target failed in Canada", Fortune, January 15, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
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