Westgate Shopping Centre (Ottawa)
The mall opened May 12, 1955 and is considered Ottawa's first shopping centre. The anchor of the mall was Freiman's department store, owned by Lawrence Freiman who already had a department store on Rideau Street. In advertising for its grand opening Westgate boasted that it had parking for over 1200 cars, weather-protected shopping and music for its customers.
At its opening some of the stores that were in the mall were Freimans, Steinberg's, Tip Top Tailors, Reitmans, Kiddytown and a branch of Royal Bank of Canada. The Royal Bank is the last original tenant, while other stores such as Kiddytown have relocated to other areas.
Current tenants include:
- Canada Post
- Dollar Plus
- Leishman's Books
- Pet Valu (pet supplies store)
- Rockin' Johnny's Diner (chain's first location; opened in 1991)
- Royal Bank of Canada
- TD Canada Trust
- Shoppers Drug Mart
Former tenants include:
- Ottawa Citizen May 9th 1955
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