Galeries de la Capitale
Galeries de la Capitale is a shopping mall located in the Lebourgneuf neighborhood of Les Rivieres borough, in Quebec City.
Les Galeries de la Capitale has 280 stores and 35 restaurants. The anchors are la Baie, Sears, Simons, Toys "R" Us, IMAX, Best Buy and Hart. There is also a Rona l'Entrepôt in the parking lot. The mall is famous for its indoor amusement park, le Mega-Parc, with its 20 attractions and amusement rides including a Ferris wheel, some roller coasters and a skating rink for hockey games. The IMAX theatre has the largest screen in Canada.
Les Galeries de la Capitale is the most visited mall in Quebec City and the largest mall in the city with 1,500,000 square feet (139,354.6 m2) . It is also the infrastructure in Quebec City with the highest tax value at 320 million dollars in 2007. At the time the mall was owned at 50% by Les Développements Iberville (the real estate company of Marcel Adams), at 25% by Eaton Properties (the real estate company of Eaton's), and at 25% by Markborough Properties (the real estate company of the Hudson's Bay Company). Upon its opening, the anchors were Eaton, la Baie, Simons, Jato supermaket and Woolco.
Les Galeries de la Capitale was the idea of businessman Marcel Adams. The mall was inaugurated in 1981 in a deserted part of the city on a field of 102 hectares (250 acres).
1988 saw the opening of the indoor amusement park Mega-Parc, the second largest of its kind in Canada after West Edmonton Mall. That same year, the first annual Opération Enfant Soleil telethon was broadcast from les Galeries de la Capitale and raised $1.8 million for the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université Laval (CHUL).
The mall was sold on December 1, 2005 for $358 million to a consortium consisting of Canada Pension Plan (80%); Osmington, an investment firm in Toronto (10%); and Westerkirk, a Toronto real estate firm (10%). Redcliff Realty Management was hired to manage the mall.
Zellers closed its doors in late 2012 and was temporarily replaced by Target from 2013 until early 2015 when it ceased all retail operations across Canada.