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History of Richmond Centre

By Samuel Cheng

Published 2:28 PDT, Wed September 14, 2022

Last Updated: 2:43 PDT, Wed September 14, 2022

Cadillac Fairview Richmond Centre is one of the longest standing commercial venues in the city.

Situated at the heart of Richmond along No. 3 Road, the shopping centre extends as far west as Minoru Boulevard and as far south as Granville Avenue. Richmond City Hall is located just south of the mall.

Nearby, other public facilities like Minoru Park and the Minoru Centre for Active Living are easily accessible, making downtown Richmond not only commercially convenient but full of trees and nature as well. 

The mall is home to numerous retail, fashion, and lifestyle brands. Clothing brands like H&M and Zara have stores inside the mall, and other stores like Apple, GameStop, and GNC also cater to the needs of different community members.

Richmond Centre was originally named Richmond Square. It was opened to the public in 1964 and quickly became one of the most popular locations in Richmond. 

Two years later, the Hudson’s Bay Company opened up a location on the north side of Richmond Square, near Westminster Highway. In 1989, the two venues merged and became Richmond Centre.

One of the highlights of Richmond Centre was the introduction of a Famous Players movie theatre in 1990. This soon became an iconic location for entertainment before going out of operation in 2011.

In 2009, the new Richmond–Brighouse Canada Line station was opened in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The new form of transportation brought tourists and people from Vancouver to the heart of Richmond.

In 2012, a brand new, 30-million-dollar food court named “The Dining Terrace” was built on the second floor of the mall. Popular franchises like A&W, New York Fries, Edo Japan, Opa! of Greece, and many more opened stores inside the new food court. Local and unique vendors including Bubble Waffle Café, Vina, Umi, and Curry Express are available and can be found alongside big-name restaurant chains.

In 2020, Richmond Centre began undergoing a huge real estate expansion that will include housing units and various new amenities. 

Today, Richmond Centre is one of the biggest indoor shopping malls in Richmond, along with Lansdowne Centre, Parker Place, Aberdeen Centre, and Yaohan Centre.  

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