What was once a farmer’s field transformed into Brampton’s first indoor mall: Shoppers World, a central shopping destination in the city.

The mall at Main and Steeles first opened in 1969, with 25 stores and Kmart, Dominion and Canada Safeway as main tenants.

Big things were planned for the mall at the time including a movie theater, a bowling alley and plans to expand to over 50 stores.

After a time, the movie theater closed and was gutted in favour of a Jumbo Video

In 1971, Simpsons Ltd. invested over $2 million to build one of its department stores at Shoppers World.

By then the mall had expanded to 118 stores and well over 600,000 sq ft, almost double its initial size.

In subsequent years the mall continued to grow, adding another 30 stores in the early 1980s.

At one point Shoppers World even had a water slide and an arcade, frequented by Bramptonians looking for entertainment.Shoppers World underwent redevelopment again over the 1980s and into the

Shoppers World underwent redevelopment again over the 1980s and into the 1990s and even changed ownership a number of times. It eventually came to rest in the hands of RioCan.

 

in recent years Shoppers World has taken a backseat to newer malls and developments in the area, including Bramalea City Centre, Square One Shopping Mall, and Heartland Town Centre.


Over the years the mall has played host to an array of big box department stores, including a number of American business that have long since left Canada:

The 1970s – K-Mart and Simpsons
The 1990s – Marks and Spencer
The early 2000s – The Bay
2012 – Zellers, replaced by Target
2015 – Target

Over the last decade, the presence of Canadian Tire as a main anchor has brought traffic to the mall.

The section of the mall along Main Street has undergone more recent renovations, bringing with it Bad Boy Furniture and a new location for Winners.

Now a new crop of stores is set to take over the space one held by Target including a GoodLife Fitness and furniture/home store JYSK.

Shoppers World lives on.

Images provided by Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives

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