Shopping in Peterborough
The unique ambience of the downtown core attracts upscale stores, eclectic shops and boutiques. Restoration of 19th century buildings in combination with a ‘Cafe District,’ currently being developed, is making Peterborough an even more attractive and inviting destination to call home. Peterborough’s thriving town centre is bolstered by three enclosed shopping malls and numerous box stores such as Future Shop, Home Depot, Staples, Winners and Chapters. In 2006 Peterborough’s retail sales ranked in the top 10 for Canadian retail sales per capita for populations over 100,000. As sales reached 26% above the national average, Peterborough took eighth place in a Financial Post Market survey.
The small-town feel is enhanced with two weekly outdoor markets. Peterborough Farmer’s Market is open on Saturday mornings (7am – 1pm year round) in Morrow Park beside the Memorial Centre arena and offers a plethora of food and organic produce. The Downtown Country Fare Market runs every Wednesday on Charlotte Street between George Street and Water Street from May to October and inside until Christmas in Peterborough Square. A throwback to the original farmer’s market, held in the downtown market block, this small, high quality market sells only locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, and handmade crafts.
Peterborough shopping malls include:
Peterborough Square, a downtown mixed-use property that incorporates shopping, food court, family restaurants, office complex, Galaxy Cinemas 11-plex movie theatre and heated underground parking is located at 360 George Street North.
Lansdowne PlaceShopping Centre has over 70 retail stores and services is located at 645 Lansdowne Steet West.
Portage Place Shopping Centre is an enclosed single-storey property featuring over 50 stores and services and is located at 1154 Chemong Road.
Charlotte Mews shopping concourse is designed to reflect a European-styled outdoor shopping experience, with covered walkways, storefront parking and more than 30 boutiques and restaurants. Located in the heart of downtown, west of George Street between Simcoe and Charlotte Streets, it is across the street from both the Grey Hound Bus Terminal and the City of Peterborough public transit Bus Terminal.