Oakridge Centre Celebrates 50 Years of Style

    Vancouver's first shopping centre makes a difference as it marks 50 years
    of history

    VANCOUVER, May 6 /CNW/ - Today, Oakridge Centre celebrated 50 years
setting the standard as a Vancouver style destination and community partner,
with day-long community events and the launch of a $50,000 fundraising
campaign for Dress for Success. Against a backdrop of local dancers, gymnasts,
school choirs and a live fashion through-the-decades showcase, Deputy Acting
Mayor Ellen Woodstone joined Oakridge retailers, executives and shoppers in
celebrating this milestone in Vancouver history.
    "Over our proud 50 year history, the premium shops and services at
Oakridge Centre have helped inspire, support and celebrate countless defining
moments for Vancouverites," said Kimberly MacAulay, Marketing Director,
Oakridge Centre. "A huge thank you to our shoppers, business owners and the
local community who have made Oakridge Centre a part of their lives during the
last 50 years. We look forward to continuing to meet all their lifestyle needs
over the next 50 years."
    In honour of its 50th Anniversary, Oakridge Centre kicked off a $50,000
fundraising campaign for Dress for Success Vancouver, which will provide close
to 1,400 disadvantaged women this year with a professional wardrobe, a network
of support and career development tools. "This partnership will support almost
a quarter of our annual operating budget,' says Deborah Twocock, Executive
Director, Dress for Success Vancouver. "We are incredibly grateful for the
generosity of Oakridge Centre - because in tough times, it's these donations
which make the most difference."
    "We are very excited about our new relationship with Dress for Success
Vancouver, and will be working throughout our 50th Anniversary year to raise
funds on their behalf through a series of exciting events," said Kimberly
MacAulay. Along with Dress for Success, Oakridge Centre will continue to
support more than 200 local non-profit organizations this year, including
Canuck Place Children's Hospice, B.C. Blind Sports and the Make-a-Wish
    Six original tenants of Oakridge Centre - Ingledews, Birks, Edward
Chapman Ladies Shop, White Spot, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Vancouver
Public Library - joined Oakridge in celebrating its 50th anniversary, looking
back on their history at the Centre while looking ahead to the next step in
Oakridge style. Launched by the unveiling of four Oakridge Style Agents, this
evolution in Oakridge style will provide shoppers with a valuable resource,
both in person and online. The local style experts will report on fashion
events in Vancouver, share experiences and insight through the newly-launched
Oakridgestyle.com blog, host key Oakridge Centre events and be on hand for
style consults and shopper makeovers.
    Oakridge, Vancouver's first shopping centre, opened its doors in 1959
with 41 stores. In the 50 years since, Oakridge Centre has grown to become
home to more than 150 premium shops and services, and has doubled in size to
span 575,000 square feet. The completion of the Canada Line will put Oakridge
Centre six minutes from the Downtown Core, giving even more Vancouverites easy
access to Oakridge Centre's premium Canadian and global brands - along with
its unique mix of independent and locally owned shops and services.


    About Oakridge Centre:

    Recognized as one of the top shopping centres in Canada, Oakridge Centre
is Vancouver's premium fashion and style destination. The centre, which is
centrally located in the heart of Vancouver, offers 575,000 square feet of
gross leasable area, houses over 150 retailers, many of which are unique to
the centre and offers free parking. The property's office component features
two office towers and over 115,000 square feet of gross leasable area.
    Managed by Ivanhoe Cambridge, and jointly owned by OMERS and Ivanhoe
Cambridge, further information can be found at www.oakridgecentre.com.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Kimberly MacAulay, Marketing
Director, Oakridge Centre, (604) 264-9221 or kmacaulay@ivanhoecambridge.com

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