Aberdeen Centre

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Aberdeen Centre
時代坊
Aberdeen Centre logo
Aberdeen-night-exterior.jpg
Exterior view of Aberdeen Centre, at night
Address 4151 Hazelbridge Way,
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Opening date 1989 (original building)
2003 (current building)
Developer Fairchild Development
Management Fairchild Group
Owner Fairchild Group
Architect Revery Architecture
No. of stores and services 160+
No. of anchor tenants 1
Total retail floor area 380,000 sq ft (35,000 m2)
No. of floors 3
Parking Yes, multi-leveled
Public transit access Translinkcanada.svg Aberdeen
Website http://www.aberdeencentre.com

Aberdeen Centre (traditional Chinese: 時代坊; simplified Chinese: 时代坊; Jyutping: si4 doi6 fong1; pinyin: Shídàifāng) is a shopping mall in Richmond, British Columbia. It is located in the Golden Village district on Hazelbridge Way, bordered by Cambie Road to the north.[citation needed]

History

Image of the original Aberdeen Centre

The original Aberdeen Centre was built in 1989. It contained about 50 to 75 stores.[citation needed] The original Chinese name was "香港仔中心", which refers to the Chinese name of Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

The old Aberdeen Centre logo

As new Asian malls such as Yaohan Centre and President Plaza opened, it soon became apparent that the original Aberdeen Centre was too small to compete. It was demolished in 2001, and was rebuilt for approximately $130 million.[citation needed]

The current Aberdeen Centre, opened in 2003, is about three times the original mall's size and has around 100 stores.[citation needed]

The new mall's primary anchor store is Daiso, which is the company's first store outside of Asia. There are restaurants on its upper floors. An indoor musical fountain, similar to the one in front of Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas but smaller in scale, was built at the centre of the mall and performs shows every hour.[1]

In 2006, the mall became home to the operations of Fairchild Group's Chinese-language TV and radio operations in Vancouver. Fairchild Radio (CJVB AM1470 and CHKG FM96.1) now has studios on the second floor, while Fairchild TV and Talentvision have their news studios on the third floor.[2]

On August 8, 2008, the largest viewing party in the Vancouver area for the 2008 Summer Olympics took place at the mall, with thousands of spectators, some of whom had lined up since 3:30 in the morning.[3]

The third phase of the development, Aberdeen Square, opened in 2013. It has three retail and three office levels.[4]

Transportation

Access to the Canada Line, run by the Skytrain system, is available through the mall's third phase, Aberdeen Square. The mall is connected directly to the Aberdeen Station via an overhead walkway to the northbound platform.

Public transit buses, serviced by TransLink, have connections to the mall, with routes serving Richmond and New Westminster.

Incidents

On February 9, 2006, a knife battle between four men occurred in the upper food court area of the mall. One man was fatally stabbed in the heart and died at the scene. Another was seriously injured, suffering a knife wound at the back. The two remaining men fled the scene, leaving horrified shoppers. [5]

On October 26, 2008, a middle-aged Asian man committed suicide by jumping down from the third floor near the food court area. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Richmond RCMP ruled out any foul play and believed it was an isolated suicide incident.[6]

On September 15, 2016, masked suspects wielding hammers broke several display cases at a jewelry store before escaping in a stolen pickup truck. No injuries were reported but store staff appeared to be visibly shaken.[7]

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ Aberdeen Centre
  2. ^ "Fairchild Media Group" (in Chinese). Popular Lifestyle Entertainment Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Thousands flock to Olympic party". Richmond Review. Retrieved 2008-08-08. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Aberdeen Square". Bing Thom Architects. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Shocked shoppers look on as man stabbed to death Archived 2008-06-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Man jumps to his death at Aberdeen Archived 2008-11-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ http://www.richmond-news.com/news/masked-robbers-raid-richmond-shopping-mall-jewelry-store-1.2344019

Further reading

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 49°11′03″N 123°08′01″W / 49.184053°N 123.133639°W / 49.184053; -123.133639

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