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cityboy Jan 7, 2020 2:40 PM

Retail Apocalypse
 
Pier 1 Imports to close up to 450 North American locations. I'm guessing that might include the Regina store. Suburban box stores are disappearing fast.

one_brick_at_a_time Jan 7, 2020 3:47 PM

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Originally Posted by cityboy (Post 8792638)
Pier 1 Imports to close up to 450 North American locations. I'm guessing that might include the Regina store. Suburban box stores are disappearing fast.

Funny that when I visited the Regina location during the holidays, I had a conversation regarding how surprising that it’s still open with their overpricing, bad service and lack of being current compared to other home furnishing retailers. Meh. Bye Pier 1.

cityboy Jan 7, 2020 4:39 PM

Southland Mall
 
Anyone know about the Yoyoso opening in the Southland? On the one hand it's a good thing as I think it might be the first retail chain to open there in quite a while but I see that the franchise is listed for sale on commercial real estate sites. Can't be coming soon if they haven't sold it yet!

cityboy Jan 7, 2020 4:42 PM

Petsmart
 
Must be a new Petsmart opening as they are hiring all positions. My guess is maybe Capital Crossing? I guess it's a good thing for the North West, I just wish we could see some new brands...

Dan0myte Jan 7, 2020 8:45 PM

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Originally Posted by cityboy (Post 8792784)
Anyone know about the Yoyoso opening in the Southland? On the one hand it's a good thing as I think it might be the first retail chain to open there in quite a while but I see that the franchise is listed for sale on commercial real estate sites. Can't be coming soon if they haven't sold it yet!

How comparable is Yoyoso to Miniso? I've been to the Miniso in Calgary and it's a great store, lots of high quality replicas at low prices and neat Japanese items.

cityboy Jan 7, 2020 9:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Dan0myte (Post 8793069)
How comparable is Yoyoso to Miniso? I've been to the Miniso in Calgary and it's a great store, lots of high quality replicas at low prices and neat Japanese items.

Looks like a similar concept. Replicas of what??

Dan0myte Jan 7, 2020 9:58 PM

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Originally Posted by cityboy (Post 8793098)
Looks like a similar concept. Replicas of what??

Everything in there from pillows to cologne to pens to bath soap. It's not replica in senses of fake Rolexes, but more so like they are creating their own cheaper (and brightly colored) versions of convenience products you would find at other stores.

Drofmab Jan 8, 2020 1:18 PM

Cornwall’s started to work replacing the ceiling (as they did in the rest of the mall) from Shoppers/Lush area through to the Sask Drive entrance. I didn’t actually notice that this work was outstanding - though they’d completed all the ceiling work.

Anyone think they’d planned on sprucing the mall up enough to sell it, but too their eye off the all-important tentant roster, and have now shot themselves in the foot (if a sale was part of the plan? Total speculation on my part - just trying to find a sliver of logic in the gong show that is 2019/20 Cornwall).

Draftsman Jan 8, 2020 1:51 PM

Minor news at Cornwall Centre: If you have ever needed to use the washrooms off of the food court, you understand how inadequate they are. They opened new washrooms (in addition to the existing ones) on Monday. They are located on the second level just before the Saskatchewan Drive parkade entrance (behind Kung Pao Wok). They look nice. I noticed one glaring omission though: there are no soap dispensers! They had bottles of liquid hand soap sitting on the counters. As if those won't walk away :(

Stormer Jan 8, 2020 2:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Drofmab (Post 8793617)
Cornwall’s started to work replacing the ceiling (as they did in the rest of the mall) from Shoppers/Lush area through to the Sask Drive entrance. I didn’t actually notice that this work was outstanding - though they’d completed all the ceiling work.

Anyone think they’d planned on sprucing the mall up enough to sell it, but too their eye off the all-important tentant roster, and have now shot themselves in the foot (if a sale was part of the plan? Total speculation on my part - just trying to find a sliver of logic in the gong show that is 2019/20 Cornwall).

I believe they would liked to sell it. Selling is about leasing not renovations. It is not like your house. The renos are to attract tenants and of course shoppers.

djforsberg Jan 8, 2020 2:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Draftsman (Post 8793632)
Minor news at Cornwall Centre: If you have ever needed to use the washrooms off of the food court, you understand how inadequate they are. They opened new washrooms (in addition to the existing ones) on Monday. They are located on the second level just before the Saskatchewan Drive parkade entrance (behind Kung Pao Wok). They look nice. I noticed one glaring omission though: there are no soap dispensers! They had bottles of liquid hand soap sitting on the counters. As if those won't walk away :(

This is where the only mall washrooms used to be located no?

Draftsman Jan 8, 2020 3:17 PM

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Originally Posted by djforsberg (Post 8793670)
This is where the only mall washrooms used to be located no?

Yes! I had totally forgotten that the washrooms used to be located back there.

one_brick_at_a_time Jan 8, 2020 4:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Draftsman (Post 8793704)
Yes! I had totally forgotten that the washrooms used to be located back there.

Glad that they are adding those bathrooms to help with the fact that the current food court bathrooms are inadequate regarding size, especially the lacking amount of toilets in the men’s bathroom. I hope they will paint and remove the remaining ugly red and sand color paint design that still exists in the first and second floor various entrances from the parkades. UGLY. White is so much better, brighter and looks absolutely more modern and up to date.

I want the mall to plant trees and shrubs at the Sask Drive concrete jungle entrance. I have actually contemplated buying and donating even just 2 trees to have the mall plant as it’s just so disappointing how shameful that entrance is.

cityboy Jan 8, 2020 5:33 PM

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Originally Posted by one_brick_at_a_time (Post 8793768)
Glad that they are adding those bathrooms to help with the fact that the current food court bathrooms are inadequate regarding size, especially the lacking amount of toilets in the men’s bathroom. I hope they will paint and remove the remaining ugly red and sand color paint design that still exists in the first and second floor various entrances from the parkades. UGLY. White is so much better, brighter and looks absolutely more modern and up to date.

I want the mall to plant trees and shrubs at the Sask Drive concrete jungle entrance. I have actually contemplated buying and donating even just 2 trees to have the mall plant as it’s just so disappointing how shameful that entrance is.

I could be imagining this but I thought I read somewhere that they were planning a reno for that entrance. Speaking of which, the front entrance is still a little underwhelming with all that concrete. do hey even turn on those black spotlights??

one_brick_at_a_time Jan 8, 2020 6:16 PM

The Hamilton Street Entrance render from August 2019 shows a possible renovation (I’m sure based on what tenant they get on that side) but no rendering of a new entrance makeover for the Sask Drive entrance. PS Still think the Cushman Wakefield
Render (compared to what they are doing to the Cornwall’s sister mall Midtown Saskatoon and it’s former Sears Space) completely disappointing, ugly and lackluster. No artistic vision at all for the exterior, especially with the main floor.

http://www.cushmanwakefieldregina.co...ugust-2019.pdf

cityboy Jan 8, 2020 7:39 PM

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Originally Posted by one_brick_at_a_time (Post 8793934)
The Hamilton Street Entrance render from August 2019 shows a possible renovation (I’m sure based on what tenant they get on that side) but no rendering of a new entrance makeover for the Sask Drive entrance. PS Still think the Cushman Wakefield
Render (compared to what they are doing to the Cornwall’s sister mall Midtown Saskatoon and it’s former Sears Space) completely disappointing, ugly and lackluster. No artistic vision at all for the exterior, especially with the main floor.

http://www.cushmanwakefieldregina.co...ugust-2019.pdf

I would have to agree. It seems like they are trying but not trying so to speak. It must have been a pretty penny to redo all the flooring etc. and now they are pushing out all the tenants. Midtown is clearly the superior property at this point by a long shot. Perhaps they're putting all their eggs in one basket as mentioned. It's a shame because people clearly want to shop there and yet we'll have to settle for mediocrity as usual.

Drofmab Jan 8, 2020 8:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Stormer (Post 8793655)
I believe they would liked to sell it. Selling is about leasing not renovations. It is not like your house. The renos are to attract tenants and of course shoppers.

OK, that makes sense to me.

(out of my depths on this one - just trying to make some sense of what the heck is going on at Cornwall... I look at peer malls (the big one or two that we can name for any other city in Canada... PacCentre; Chinook; WestEd; MidTown; Polo Park; Rideau; Eaton Centre; etc) in other cities, and they're not thriving... but I don't think they're in the hapless position that the Cornwall seems to be in)

Drofmab Jan 8, 2020 8:54 PM

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Originally Posted by cityboy (Post 8794047)
I would have to agree. It seems like they are trying but not trying so to speak. It must have been a pretty penny to redo all the flooring etc. and now they are pushing out all the tenants. Midtown is clearly the superior property at this point by a long shot. Perhaps they're putting all their eggs in one basket as mentioned. It's a shame because people clearly want to shop there and yet we'll have to settle for mediocrity as usual.

I'm in Cornwall every day - and the thing that strikes me is the demographic. Setting aside the obvious downtown workers (they flood out at break/lunch & typically wear ID tags, so relatively easy to spot)… the demographic skews pretty young, I'd say.

This is especially evident on high school PD days - teenagers are at the mall. And most of them are carrying shopping bags... this doesn't seem like a Mallrats situation. So, the mall clearly has stores they're interested in, and willing to come downtown for. But if the mall's fumbling the ball on rent, or overextending its financial resources on the reno, and losing tentants… all the customer goodwill in the world is meaningless.

(and no - I'm not saying 'the young folks' are essentially a golden egg - but if there were rarely young folks in the mall, that's not a great thing. See: Golden Mile & Vic Square)

Stormer Jan 13, 2020 1:21 PM

Volcom also closing.

https://www.cjme.com/2020/01/13/corn...r-sears-space/

jigglysquishy Jan 13, 2020 2:04 PM

Two new spaces moving in. Whoever is taking the 45,000 square feet is surely a large retailer.


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