Yea I took a walk around there when I used to work in the area. I loved Zellers but that is a truly depressing place to go too!The sad little mall at Queensway/Kipling is dying a slow death - mind you I think it has the only remaining Zellers store in Canada (all the logos, etc are still there and I believe its functioning as a discount bin store for HBC).
I bought a fantastic 7.5 ft prelit Christmas tree there last year for 50 bucks.
I agree--and Market Village in its 90s prime also complimented the inherent Markham-bound aspirational gentility of pre-Y2K GTA Chinese-Canadians, for whom a Pacific Mall set-up might, at the time, have seemed too coarse. Then, lo and behold, Pacific Mall soaked up all the action, and there was no looking back...It worked well enough for a number of years until Pacific Mall was built right next to it.
I hope the Gallaria can maintain some of its old flavour as a community for the Portugese and Italians. Much smaller than the Dufferin mall but I thinks it's much more personable.
The whole complex might end up Sinicized, which can be a good thing.The Shops at 404 and Steeles is getting pretty bunged up. The Sears discount store is closing, it just had a pallet of sunlight soap and big underwear. The food Basics is still busy but the rest of that mall is not long for this world...
Is that a pejorative, akin to my pre-politically correct youth in the 1980s where we'd rice a car? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_burner
Though I think it's a great thing that older malls are being redeveloped into more urban forms, I have mixed feelings about power centres and outlet malls replacing them in the far burbs- those are urbanistically worse in almost every metric.Endrizzi blames the decline of the neighbourhood mall in part on a huge growth in the number of retail plazas and centres.
“Thirty years ago you didn’t have a power centre, you didn’t have a big-box type centre, you didn’t have outlets — you didn’t have that kind of choice.”
Sorry to bring back a old thread, but, we have a update on Alderwood Plaza. On March 1st, 2018, a Farm Boy grocery store will open in the largest space in the plaza, replacing the former TOPS Chinese Supermarket. Lets hope this has a effect on the rest of the not so busy plaza.