By:  Monica Kucharski

It’s been a long time coming, but finally The Galleria Shopping Centre— an upscale mall proposed for the Dundas-Dixie neighbourhood in Mississauga, has broken ground.

The official ground breaking ceremony took place on May 11, with Galleria’s stakeholders and Peter Fonesca, the MP for Mississauga East-Cooksville, in attendance.

The Galleria Shopping Centre is an impressive project.  Located across the big box plaza dominated by Wal-Mart and Costco, this new 250,000-square-foot shopping centre, promises to be “a vibrant and upscale new destination inspired by some of the world’s glitziest, high-end luxury malls.”

The shopping mall will include a community centre, a food galleria, a grand stage court, a lounge area, an outdoor patio and covered parking.  Other amenities include a dedicated state-of-the-art performance stage and event space, and Wi-Fi throughout the mall.

In addition to upmarket shopping experience at high-end brands, the Galleria will offer gourmet dining and an unique grocery shopping venue.  The main anchor of the mall will be Galleria Supermarket, famous for its extensive selection of Asian foods.

“Get set for a shopping and lifestyle experience that will delight and inspire,” promises Galleria’s website.  “More than just a shopping mall, Galleria Centre is coming soon to Dundas and Dixie in Mississauga. For the discerning shoppers, Galleria Centre will offer the finest combination of quality, variety and value. For active families, Galleria Centre will present a great selection of dining and fun activities to indulge in… With its warm sophisticated ambience and upscale offerings, Galleria Centre is set to become a new landmark of the Greater Toronto Area with international fame.”

It took some time to get the final building permits and a green light by the City of Mississauga for the construction of the Galleria Centre.  But, in addition to offering an upscale shopping and lifestyle experience to growing Mississauga, Galleria Centre is expected to create thousands of employment and business opportunities for the local community —and not only during the construction phase.  All those shops, boutiques, restaurants and services planned for the mall will certainly require the hiring of substantial manpower to keep them operating, once the Galleria Centre is built.