— The mall at Markham, Ont., that was slated to open next week after years of delays is now open, with all entrances and exits open.
The mall will open for shoppers Saturday, April 7 at noon, said mall manager and executive director Brian Davenport.
Davenport said mall workers have been hard at work since the start of the month, with an estimated 2,500 hours of work on the project.
He said a major portion of the work has been done inside the mall, with most of the major projects, like the new entrance and exit to the parking lot, finished.
The project was originally slated to be completed by late June, but the mall board voted to delay the opening until after the summer holidays.
The company that built the mall and the city of Markham decided to build the mall instead of having the mall built on a different site, Daventon said.
It was the city’s preference to do it on their own property, he said.
The $300 million mall will include restaurants, stores, retail, a health-care complex, office space, offices and apartments.
It will be one of Ontario’s largest indoor malls, with more than 200 stores.
This will be the third mall in Markham.
The first, the Mall of Canada, opened in 2008.
At this time, Markham is the only mall in Ontario to be closed for renovation.