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Hillcrest Mall unveils $90-million glow up

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Oxford Properties Group’s $90-million makeover of Hillcrest Mall, a BOMA Best gold certified regional shopping centre in Richmond Hill, Ont., is now complete.

Hillcrest’s transformation includes store expansions, modernized flooring and lighting, repainted all-white ceilings and a bigger food court — capacity has grown to 500 seats from just 277. In addition to renovations, new amenities like baby bottle warming services, a text-messaging concierge, complimentary diaper kits, portable cell phone chargers and Wi-Fi access will now be available at the shopping centre.

“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,” said the shopping centre’s general manager Ryan Da Silva in a press release.

Hillcrest is celebrating its transformation with events giving back to the Richmond Hill community.

“In addition to functioning as an emergency shelter, Sandgate is great at connecting women to affordable housing in the community. But, when they finally leave the shelter, women have little money to make their new, empty apartment a home. This is where we come in,” said Hillcrest’s marketing director, Lisa Resnic in a press release.

A donation drive collecting housewares, toiletries, clothing, toys, and books for domestic abuse survivors will be set up at the centre court display between Sept. 22 and Oct. 5. Donations will be accepted at the Guest Experience Kiosk afterward.

The mall will also host coding workshops benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of York Region. Children aged five to 10 can learn skills in coding, video game design and problem-solving in the brand new Old Navy location later this fall.

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