Downtown Chilliwack is the commercial and historic core of the city and is located on the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway, just minutes from Chilliwack’s main freeway entrance.
The downtown core centers around Main Street, Yale Road East and Young Road. The historic Five Corners is in the heart of downtown where Yale Road and Young Road intersect with Wellington Avenue.
Like most downtown areas, downtown Chilliwack has a high concentration of retail and service operations. There are more than 300 diverse businesses in downtown Chilliwack, including financial institutions, restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, pharmacies, medical facilities, family entertainment and many other services. Most of these businesses are locally owned and contribute to downtown Chilliwack’s unique shopping experience.
Downtown Redevelopment Update
For over a decade, residents, business owners and City committees have been working together to define the vision for Chilliwack’s downtown. Following 2011 recommendations from the City’s Downtown Core Task Force, the City of Chilliwack and the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) assembled properties in the site bounded by Young Road, Yale Road, Princess Avenue and Empress Lane. Now, after many years of work, Chilliwack City Council has awarded the contract for the redevelopment of the 3.75 acre downtown site to Algra Bros. Developments Ltd.
The new and innovative redevelopment proposed by Algra Bros. aims to transform the downtown into a healthy, sustainable and thriving community and will set a benchmark for all subsequent development downtown. The redevelopment site will see a combination of retail, commercial, residential and mixed-used developments as part of the multi-year, multi-phase project that will provide a balance of jobs, amenities and housing to create a diverse and inclusive downtown core. #chilliwackisback
A seven-unit commercial development that features a Starbucks drive-through, KFC, People’s Pharmacy, a medical clinic and other commercial and professional businesses.
In 2014, Mill Street underwent a major transformation featuring new street trees and hanging baskets, stamped/coloured concrete, improved lighting, wider sidewalks, and one way traffic to accommodate additional on-street parking.
You may recognize Mill Street from various movies and TV series that have been filmed there over the years. Mill Street is a favourite downtown shopping location.
Salon and Spa
Picture Framing and Gallery
Zero Waste Grocery Store
Mad Butcher, Produce Gone Wild, BeNanna Bakery – Alexander Avenue
The Mad Butcher – owned by Fraser Valley Meats, and Produce Gone Wild – owned by Hofstede’s Country Barn, both opened in the spring of 2015 on Alexander Avenue. Later the same year, BeNanna Bakery opened its doors making this complex a one-stop grocery shopping destination.
Chilliwack Cultural Centre
The Chilliwack Cultural Centre, built in 2009 and valued at $22M, is comprised of an art gallery, 500+ seat performance theatre, 250 seat studio, music rooms, instruction rooms, arts and crafts studios and related amenities.
Yale Road and Fletcher Street
The former JC Audiotronic location at Yale Road and Fletcher Street is now home to Domino’s Pizza, Scarecrow Ink, and Go Audio.
Main Street Church
In 2011, Main Street Church (formerly Promontory Church) purchased the downtown building (housing Liquidation World) on the corner of Main Street and Princess Avenue. The church occupied part of the space while the store remained as a tenant. In 2014, the church took over 10,000 sq.ft. of former retail space and now occupies the entire building.