As an alternative to Chinatown in Vancouver, the enclosed layout of Aberdeen Centre was a totally new concept in early 1990s. The mall was designed as an one-stop shopping with Asian themed retail stores, herbal tea shops, restaurants, cinema and bowling alley as well as continuous weekend entertainment. It was built to cater the blossoming Asian society with rapid growth in skillful and rich Asian immigrants under the government policy since 1984.
Aberdeen Centre enabled the consumers to experience the Orient without the expense of an overseas flight. The mall was also named after a Hong Kong's famous tourist harbour - Aberdeen. It was the largest enclosed Asian retail centre in North America at that time, and other developers follow the concept and modeling. Then, the area around the neighbourhood of Aberdeen Centre has developed into the "Aberdeen District".
The success of Aberdeen Centre has inspired us to look beyond cultures, to
re-imagine and redefine a new type of retail and entertainment experience.
One that embraces the best of East and West. A celebration of
multiculturalism. To achieve this, the Aberdeen Centre was redeveloped into
a state-of-the-art shopping and entertainment complex triple the size of the
original. The new Aberdeen Centre opened in December 2003 and has become
Greater Vancouver's pre-eminent cosmopolitan shopping destination.