St. Albert Centre is keeping the lid on the names of many of the stores that will open this fall in newly renovated space at the mall.
However, a recent tour of the space has revealed three additions new to town: Bellissima women’s clothing, Soft Moc shoes and Evena Naturals.
They’re among more than 20 retailers slated to open in the 117,000 square-foot space early this fall. The space was vacated when Target shut its doors in 2015.
Jillian Creech, general manager of the mall, says the expansion has been well received in the community.
“It’s been fantastic to hear such positive feedback on the project, it seems like our design has exceeded expectations,” she says.
Jennifer McCurdy, president and CEO of the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce, came along on the tour.
“I thought (the tour) was great. It’s really exciting to see the changes that they’re making to the centre,” she says.
McCurdy says the centre will add to the business community by allowing retailers the opportunity to enter into the St. Albert market.
“It’s also going to allow our residents that variety of choices to shop. It’s going to be another reason why people won’t have to leave St. Albert to do their purchases,” she adds.
Sections of the new expanded space have already opened, such as the new mall entrance, and Mark’s Work Wearhouse. Winners opened in its new space on Tuesday. London Drugs will move to its new space in June.
The space has been modernized with tile flooring, globe-shaped lights and large windows. The new men, women and family bathrooms also have some trendy additions with both the soap dispenser and hand dryer being attached to the water faucets.
The expanded space has a hallway that connects to the rest of the mall, so now shoppers can do a full circle of the centre instead of having to turn and walk back once they reach the other side of the mall.
“I think people will see more of the mall,” McCurdy says, “instead of just going to the store they wanted. I think the large circle will encourage people to walk around the mall.”
According to Creech, discussions are underway to renovate the current area in order to match the modernized new space. The existing soft-seating areas of the mall will be renovated starting later this year.
So far around $24 million has been invested into the expanded space.
Creech says they’re also mapping out plans to expand the food court to add new fast food options. Renovations to the food court restroom will take place next year.
During the tour, Creech said that the mall has now expanded as far as it can outward while having little impact on parking.