Hillcrest is celebrating its $90-million transformation which includes modernized flooring, lighting, ceiling treatments and upgraded food court. The food court’s capacity has grown to 500 seats from 277. Its newly reconfigured north wing welcomes HomeSense/Marshalls on September 18, Old Navy on October 24 and Indigo this November.
“Hillcrest’s $90-million interior and exterior facelift is elevating our shoppers’ experience with an upgraded food court, comfortable seating and new amenities like baby bottle warming services, text-messaging concierge, complimentary diaper kits, portable cell phone chargers, electric car charging stations and Wi-Fi access,” says Hillcrest general manager Ryan Da Silva. “We’re excited to welcome brands like HomeSense/Marshalls, Indigo, Old Navy, Uncle Tetsu, honey and Swarovski to Hillcrest. Our trade area is expanding with new shoppers visiting from Markham, Woodbridge, Kleinburg and North York. With 6,500 nearby condo and townhouse units planned for development, Hillcrest is set to grow as a destination.”
Hillcrest’s transformation began in 2015 with Hudson’s Bay expanding to 137,000 sq. ft. from 48,000 sq. ft., adding a new exterior facade. In 2016, Hillcrest revealed its south wing, welcoming Sporting Life and H&M adding West Coast Kids in July 2018. Last year, the centre upgraded its green footprint, improving its waste diversion rate by 85 per cent, installing electric car charging stations and a rainwater cistern for irrigation. Hillcrest is home to rooftop beehives, with over 57,000 bees pollinating gardens within a 5km radius to make Hillcrest Honey.
Photo: Exterior rendering of Hillcrest’s north wing reconfiguration.