It was a day of celebration in Willoughby on Saturday afternoon as the new Willoughby Town Centre held a grand opening celebration in the parking lot at 208 Street and 80 Avenue.
Part of the celebration included live music, a petting zoo and other family-friendly activities.
Local dignitaries and groups also placed items in a community time capsule, which will be buried somewhere on the site at a later date.
Some of the items buried included a Willoughby Town Centre brochure, newspaper clippings, a site map of the area/planned development, and some artwork from students at nearby Willoughby Elementary.
The event marked the opening of a significant nine-phase $156 million investment by Qualico Developments.
Once completed, the project will have added 340 residential homes, more than 1,200 jobs, 150,000 square feet of retail and office space and new infrastructure and community improvements.