City officials were on hand Wednesday at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vaughan Mills mall redevelopment and expansion project.
The $87-million project will add an additional 200,000 square feet and 50 new retailers to the popular shopping outlet north of Toronto.
Vaughan mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Coun. Sandra Yeung Racco took part in the ceremony along with representatives from Ivanhoe Cambridge, which owns the mix of factory outlets and specialty concept stores.
Earlier this year, Canada’s first Legoland Discovery Centre opened at Vaughan Mills as part of the expansion. The 3,160-square-metre indoor facility is devoted to the toy building blocks and includes hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by master model builders, two Lego rides and special party rooms.
Vaughan Mills is the third major shopping centre in the GTA to undergo a costly transformation.
In November, Yorkdale Shopping Centre unveiled its $220-million expansion that included 27 new stores and a new food court.
And work on a $350-million facelift is currently underway at Sherway Gardens in Etobicoke. That project will include new stores, a new second-level food court and a new three-level parkade. The work began in January and will take around 45 months to finish.
With files from The Canadian Press and Michael Talbot, CityNews.ca