Woodbine mall just needs a good renovation! not this amazon CRAP!A candlelight vigil will be held this coming weekend. The landlords of the deceased request that all donations be made to Shop-A-Lot (located on the lower level - former Zellers)'s
Even if the application for rezoning is denied, I vote to rename this thread The Amazon Centre. The Amazon Prime Fantasy Fair does have a nice ring to it, too....
Wow those are some throwback names: RadioShack, Laura Secord, Black's, Tan Jay, Town & Country, Marks & Spencer!
Those were quite the names back in the day, wow this slumlord screwed this mall up severely since its heydays.
Well, in a way Amazon moving in would be a coda to the huge change in retail over the past half-century. The 60s-80s mall heydays aren't coming back.
In terms of planning failure in this town, I think this one ranks pretty low - and I am not sure how much of it is due to city policies.
I wonder if film studios might be a better use for the site.
Agreed w/the caveat that some mall have continue to perform; those that have deep-pocketed owners willing and able to evolve their properties.
Clearly the ownership group here does not fit that bill.
This mall was always oddly situated; as retail, its only hope, ever, was to be a 'destination' centre drawing from a large swath of the region.
That was clearly the intent with 2 major anchors, cinemas, a food court (when that was a relatively new concept) and an indoor theme park.
I don't think it ever really hit the heights it aspired to (for what it is)...............but certainly, under investment hobbled this site long ago.
It probably is better repurposed for employment; I would certainly prefer film studios to a fulfillment centre in terms of driving higher-wage employment.
I don't know if deep pocket is sufficient - you need to have a mall that already have a critical mass of retailers that actually wanted to be there. I don't think Woodbine has that, or is sitting in a catchment area desirable to the these retailers.
No question that it does not have that now (the retailers); but it once did.
The catchment, like its namesake racetrack/casino would have to be regional, not local; but in its current state, that ship has sailed.