Coquitlam Centre or as locals call it Coquitlam Shopping Center is a local shopping mall located on the southern edge of the Coquitlam Town Center in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. When it was built in 1979 the only other shopping Centre in proximity was the Lougheed Mall.
As the city of Coquitlam has grown and with the expanded population, the mall went through its first expansion in 2001. Coquitlam Centre has good access with a direct public transit feed for buses and the new LRT system which was completed in 2018. Coquitlam Centre is close to the Coquitlam City Hall, Coquitlam Sports Centre, and the Coquitlam location of Douglass College Campus. Coquitlam Centre is the largest mall in the Tri-Cities area, with an area (913,665 sq ft) with 200 retail stores and other services.
Coquitlam Centre is now anchored by Walmart, Hudson’s Bay, Best Buy, London Drugs, and T & T Supermarket. Before the expansion in 2001, the Coquitlam Centre’s original anchor tenants included Sears and the Hudson Bay.
Coquitlam Centre’s location was a prime chose as it intersected at Lougheed Highway and the Barnet Highway, two regional routes that provide access to the Trans Canada Highway. Coquitlam Centre is located close to the Coquitlam Central Station, which is a major transportation hub that services this area for bus interchange the West Coast Express commuter rail, and a SkyTrain and more recently the LRT Evergreen Extension. The Evergreen extension most recently added the Lincoln station which in effect gives the Coquitlam Centre its own SkyTrain station.
As a side note, the interior of Coquitlam Shopping Center was featured in a few films and tv productions. The productions must include the Academy Award-winning movie Juno, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and also Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.
The residential area around the Coquitlam Shopping Center continues to grow and it would appear the mall will be the center of consumer attention for many years to come.
More Information on Coquitlam can be found here.