Rideau Centre is one of the largest attractions in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Spanning over 740,000 square feet, the three-level shopping mall is located along a prime stretch of Rideau Street, one of the capital’s oldest and most famous streets. Appropriately named for the street on which it’s located, Rideau Centre is the fourth largest shopping center in the Ottawa-Gatineau area and one of Ottawa’s main bus transit hubs, which recently underwent a major renovation and expansion to enhance its look and incorporate new features for residents to benefit from.
Three years ago, the mall’s owner Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited announced a multi-year redevelopment plan to update and expand the 30-year-old shopping center, which has been the largest venture undertaken since the mall’s inception. The $360 million project, which involved intricate planning and execution by various local companies and organizations, included the opening of a new Nordstrom, which replaced former department store, Sears, last year (March 2015); a three-level underground parking garage (October 2015); a 35,000-square-foot, revamped dining hall featuring 16 premium-brand eating establishments, seating for 850 people and a state-of-the-art scullery featuring reusable dishes/glasses and metal cutlery; extensive interior improvements (new tile flooring, glass guardrails, enhanced lighting); and an animated exterior facade, as well as an additional 230,000 square feet of leasable space that will be completed in less than six months (August 2016).