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SignalHillHiker Feb 26, 2013 3:10 AM

The Avalon Mall needs a complete do-over, at minimum to replace the insufficient sea of parking lots with a parkade AND to make the entire exterior of the building uniform.

Marty_Mcfly Feb 26, 2013 3:17 AM

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Originally Posted by SignalHillHiker (Post 6029130)
The Avalon Mall needs a complete do-over, at minimum to replace the insufficient sea of parking lots with a parkade AND to make the entire exterior of the building uniform.

It also needs better natural light. The wing of the mall with Sears/HMV/all those stores I don't visit are well lit, but the wing with AE/Aero/American Apparel is pretty dark. There may not be much they can do about that with an entire other floor of retail above it, but even some extra light fixtures would be better than nothing.

CaspinK Feb 26, 2013 3:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Marty_Mcfly (Post 6029141)
It also needs better natural light. The wing of the mall with Sears/HMV/all those stores I don't visit are well lit, but the wing with AE/Aero/American Apparel is pretty dark. There may not be much they can do about that with an entire other floor of retail above it, but even some extra light fixtures would be better than nothing.

The only way to describe the Avalon Mall is as a 'franken-mall'. I always think of it as three separate areas.

1. The Hallway (from Gap / Payless down to Sears)

2. The Guts (Cell phone alley, Winners, and surrounding areas)

3. The Upstairs (Food court and all the upstairs stores)

The mall doesn't really have flow, but fits nicely into the haphazard nature of St. John's.

Although I doubt it will happen, I hope Crombie sells the mall to a company with a little more experience developing and running malls (Cadillac Fairview or Primaris).

Any idea what is moving into the old KFC spot? Or will it just reopen as KFC at some point?

SpongeG Feb 26, 2013 4:00 AM

please mum went into bankruptcy and shut down stores - they put signs up that said they are redoing themselves and blah blah reopen blah blah but i doubt they will or can

http://feistyfrugalandfabulous.com/2...um-bankruptcy/

http://www.pleasemum.com/employee

Marty_Mcfly Feb 26, 2013 4:09 AM

^Ouch. Vacation pay and severances are out the door? I'd be pissed if I worked there.

Arrakis Feb 26, 2013 1:21 PM

Yeah I totally agree. I have always said that there is no flow to the mall. They have that whole area by Bank of Nova Scotia where you wouldnt walk unless you were banking or going out that exit. I have no idea if there are any stores beyond the bank around that corner or not. They also need to go up one entire floor all the way down to Sears and put in some big ass skylights to bring more daylight into the mall. I always felt when walking around Avalon Mall that you were underground like the pathway in Toronto where they have all the stores underground near the subway stations.


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Originally Posted by SignalHillHiker (Post 6029130)
The Avalon Mall needs a complete do-over, at minimum to replace the insufficient sea of parking lots with a parkade AND to make the entire exterior of the building uniform.


techie Feb 27, 2013 12:14 AM

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Originally Posted by SpongeG (Post 6029200)
please mum went into bankruptcy and shut down stores - they put signs up that said they are redoing themselves and blah blah reopen blah blah but i doubt they will or can

http://feistyfrugalandfabulous.com/2...um-bankruptcy/

http://www.pleasemum.com/employee

Yeah, the closed store has a notice posted from Crombie notifying Please Mum that they were evicted. Too bad.

Marty_Mcfly Feb 27, 2013 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Arrakis (Post 6029506)
Yeah I totally agree. I have always said that there is no flow to the mall. They have that whole area by Bank of Nova Scotia where you wouldnt walk unless you were banking or going out that exit. I have no idea if there are any stores beyond the bank around that corner or not. They also need to go up one entire floor all the way down to Sears and put in some big ass skylights to bring more daylight into the mall. I always felt when walking around Avalon Mall that you were underground like the pathway in Toronto where they have all the stores underground near the subway stations.

It's hilarious because THERE ARE! Back there is a nail salon, an H&R Block, and what used to be a frame store/gallery which may now actually be another store. There's also some weird window that has some weird adverts for Lawtons products that definitely could be expanded into a store someway.

PoscStudent Feb 27, 2013 1:54 AM

I'm glad to see all the recent stores that have closed, and it's good that they're are not closed due simply because of poor performanc here.

rthomasd Feb 27, 2013 9:42 PM

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 6027936)
I was at the Avalon Mall late last week and noticed Please Mum is no longer there. This is the fourth empty space (including The Sony Store, Athletes World, and the new renovated area) at the mall. I hope there will be new and unique stores opening up in these locations.

I also noticed the new Jump+ store will be ready sometime this spring - I think someone may have posted this earlier as well.

Jump+ store at the Avalon Mall opens March 23rd.

cdotr Mar 5, 2013 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by CaspinK (Post 6029186)
The only way to describe the Avalon Mall is as a 'franken-mall'. I always think of it as three separate areas.

Yes, I can recall about 3-4 configurations of the configuration where Gap, Claire De Lune, Bootlegger, Winners HomeSense, Bogart's, The Sony Store, West 49, Samuel & Co., and Good Life currently exist.

I'm always afraid the place is going to fall in on itself, I also find a musty smell when I'm in that area.

jeddy1989 Mar 8, 2013 3:04 PM

Country Flare for Downtown

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A little bit of the country is going to the city as downtown retailer Water Street Variety partners with Bidgoods of the Goulds. Starting tomorrow, the downtown store will add products from Bidgoods to their lineup including rabbit, moose, seal, salt cod, seafood and preserves.

An official grand opening is set for 1:00 with members of the Bidgood family and city council to be on hand.

The owner of Water Street Variety, Gaylynne Lambert, says the move is a milestone for both her company and Bidgoods.
http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&id=31786

JayRog Mar 11, 2013 2:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Marty_Mcfly (Post 6030532)
It's hilarious because THERE ARE! Back there is a nail salon, an H&R Block, and what used to be a frame store/gallery which may now actually be another store. There's also some weird window that has some weird adverts for Lawtons products that definitely could be expanded into a store someway.

I've always felt the same about the areas of the Village around Coles upstairs and the hallway where Labels and the dental office is downstairs.

jeddy1989 Mar 15, 2013 4:01 PM

I was just speaking to a friend of the family who knows management at Starbucks and apparently they will be opening two more in the Stavanger area. One in Target and one in the new Empire Theatres :)

J_Murphy Mar 15, 2013 4:04 PM

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Originally Posted by jeddy1989 (Post 6053022)
I was just speaking to a friend of the family who knows management at Starbucks and apparently they will be opening two more in the Stavanger area. One in Target and one in the new Empire Theatres :)

Any word on other areas in the city where they currently are not located?

jeddy1989 Mar 15, 2013 4:19 PM

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Originally Posted by J_Murphy (Post 6053028)
Any word on other areas in the city where they currently are not located?

I didn't get a chance to ask, I'm sure more will be popping up soon ..we went from the one in Chapters to then the one on Kenmount and in Atlantic place and now in Stavanger with 2 more on its way .. starting to take off.. I'd say people who lived away have a part in it because typically people here congregate in Tims like it's a holy site or something lmao

J_Murphy Mar 15, 2013 4:45 PM

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Originally Posted by jeddy1989 (Post 6053063)
I didn't get a chance to ask, I'm sure more will be popping up soon ..we went from the one in Chapters to then the one on Kenmount and in Atlantic place and now in Stavanger with 2 more on its way .. starting to take off.. I'd say people who lived away have a part in it because typically people here congregate in Tims like it's a holy site or something lmao

I love seeing more competition for Tims popping up. Can't understand the obsession with it. I hope to see another Starbucks further south on Torbay Road and at least one somewhere on Topsail Road in the near future.

statbass Mar 15, 2013 5:16 PM

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Originally Posted by jeddy1989 (Post 6053022)
I was just speaking to a friend of the family who knows management at Starbucks and apparently they will be opening two more in the Stavanger area. One in Target and one in the new Empire Theatres :)

I was under the impression Starbucks would be stand-alone building. But a Starbucks in Empire Theatres would be fantastic. I know this has been asked a million times before but are there any other confirmed retail/restaurants for Field Power?

rwspencer38 Mar 15, 2013 6:18 PM

I am almost certain that Walmart intends on moving over to field power center and create a more robust store with expanded inventory. I also believe that Canadian Tire is slated to take over the currently existing Wal-mart

Arrakis Mar 15, 2013 6:55 PM

Was reading in the G&M recently and Canadian Tire said they are gonna be scaling back the size of the stores so it seems a bit strange they would be taking over such a large space like Walmart's, if Walmart moves out that is. Perhaps they will only take part of it and it will be divided up. I keep hearing that Walmart will be building a super centre at the Field Power centre but nothing seems to confirm that. If they do build there, it should bring some of the congestion off of Stavanger and people would most likely use White Rose Drive. Time will tell.

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Originally Posted by rwspencer38 (Post 6053292)
I am almost certain that Walmart intends on moving over to field power center and create a more robust store with expanded inventory. I also believe that Canadian Tire is slated to take over the currently existing Wal-mart


Robg Mar 16, 2013 12:17 AM

To the point about Starbucks I heard the same about the stavanger locations as well they hope to have more than 10 locations in the cma in the next few years

Arrakis Mar 16, 2013 4:51 AM

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...90311740_o.jpg

The old Zellers reno is moving along pretty quickly. The entire side is gone getting ready to build onto the west side of the building facing Kents. Looking forward to seeing the finished building. Apologies for the crappy photo. Weather wasn't too nice that day.

Townie709 Mar 16, 2013 1:57 PM

Wow! That's moving along quickly! :tup:

SignalHillHiker Mar 22, 2013 8:27 PM

At mall. Jump+ opens tomorrow.

statbass Mar 24, 2013 5:52 PM

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Originally Posted by SignalHillHiker (Post 6063031)
At mall. Jump+ opens tomorrow.

I was at the mall today and popped into Jump+. It's a pretty decent store, it's pretty much a smaller scale Apple Store. There's nothing there that you wouldn't be able to get at, say, Futureshop or Best Buy, but it's nice to have another option for competition purposes (i.e. sales). One big plus is that Jump+ does in-store servicing on Apple products - the only location on the island as far as I know. No need to send your iPhone or iPad away anymore. :D

mrjanejacobs Mar 24, 2013 6:04 PM

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 6064893)
I was at the mall today and popped into Jump+. It's a pretty decent store, it's pretty much a smaller scale Apple Store. There's nothing there that you wouldn't be able to get at, say, Futureshop or Best Buy, but it's nice to have another option for competition purposes (i.e. sales). One big plus is that Jump+ does in-store servicing on Apple products - the only location on the island as far as I know. No need to send your iPhone or iPad away anymore. :D

Wow - that's awesome. That's going to draw a lot of business. Purchasing AppleCare in NL until now was almost a waste of money.

PoscStudent Mar 24, 2013 6:18 PM

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 6064893)
I was at the mall today and popped into Jump+. It's a pretty decent store, it's pretty much a smaller scale Apple Store. There's nothing there that you wouldn't be able to get at, say, Futureshop or Best Buy, but it's nice to have another option for competition purposes (i.e. sales). One big plus is that Jump+ does in-store servicing on Apple products - the only location on the island as far as I know. No need to send your iPhone or iPad away anymore. :D

MUN has a service area for Apple now. I'm not sure if it is just for students and I don't know what they fix.

mrjanejacobs Mar 24, 2013 6:20 PM

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Originally Posted by PoscStudent (Post 6064913)
MUN has a service area for Apple now. I'm not sure if it is just for students and I don't know what they fix.

I tried having my Macbook pro serviced while I was home once and they wouldn't help me because I wasn't a MUN student. Unfortunately.

PoscStudent Mar 24, 2013 6:22 PM

Odd, I wouldn't think they'd have enough business to turn away people like that.

statbass Mar 24, 2013 6:24 PM

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Originally Posted by PoscStudent (Post 6064917)
Odd, I wouldn't think they'd have enough business to turn away people like that.

Hmm... maybe it's university policy?

Marty_Mcfly Mar 24, 2013 7:41 PM

Nice to hear about Starbucks expansion in St. John's. I remember back when there was only 1 store which no one ever went to, and now it seems like everyone loves it. It'd probably be nice to have a stand alone store downtown, as well as one in the west end of St. John's, and one in Mount Pearl to compliment the newer stores on the east end. Also, a location in the airport is a given, hopefully one will pop up once the terminal expansion is done.

Arrakis Mar 25, 2013 1:44 PM

As far as I know MUN computer services will only repair your mac if it's under warranty with Apple. They are not obligated to fix it if the warranty has expired.

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Originally Posted by PoscStudent (Post 6064913)
MUN has a service area for Apple now. I'm not sure if it is just for students and I don't know what they fix.


PoscStudent Apr 5, 2013 5:57 PM

The Apple service centre at Mun is no longer a registered service provider by Apple. Probably due to Jump Plus.

Arrakis Apr 6, 2013 3:31 PM

Good to know. Thanks for the update my friend.

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Originally Posted by PoscStudent (Post 6080086)
The Apple service centre at Mun is no longer a registered service provider by Apple. Probably due to Jump Plus.


jeddy1989 Apr 10, 2013 1:05 AM

Golf Town is having a job fair this weekend at the Holiday Inn

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The new Golf Town store in St. John's, Newfoundland is hosting a job fair on Friday April 12 (3:00 pm - 7:00 pm) and Saturday April 13 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) at the St. John's Holiday Inn (180 Portugal Cove Road, St. John's, Newfoundland)
http://stjohns.kijiji.ca/c-jobs-sale...AdIdZ472574491

The Source is opening a new store in CBS (I'm assuming it's CBS could be in bay roberts or something? but it's in the St. John's jobs section :S)

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NEW STORE OPENING IN:
Conception Bay

Now Hiring:
Sales Associates
Full Time & Part Time
http://stjohns.kijiji.ca/c-jobs-sale...AdIdZ472944262

also there's a lot of ads for an outdoor sporting store called Atmosphere .. it could already be there but it's not something I'd notice. Anyways it's in the Village mall

on another note did anyone notice the new bedroom store in the Avalon mall? it's called "Quilts etc." .. looks nice

PoscStudent Apr 10, 2013 1:16 AM

Atmosphere is part of Sport Chek.

There is a sign up in what was Athletes World in the mall saying they are closed for renovations and opening up under a different name that I can't remember. Our shopping experience is going to improve though, well according to the sign.

Trevor3 Apr 10, 2013 1:27 AM

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Originally Posted by PoscStudent (Post 6084947)
Atmosphere is part of Sport Chek.

There is a sign up in what was Athletes World in the mall saying they are closed for renovations and opening up under a different name that I can't remember. Our shopping experience is going to improve though, well according to the sign.

Intersport I believe it's called, which sounds much less inspired than Athlete's World. Corner Brook is supposedly changing over as well, I really have to take a trip in there soon and see what's up with Target etc...

statbass Apr 10, 2013 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Trevor3 (Post 6084960)
Intersport I believe it's called, which sounds much less inspired than Athlete's World. Corner Brook is supposedly changing over as well, I really have to take a trip in there soon and see what's up with Target etc...

I just checked out their website, it looks as if they're aligned more towards sport apparel and equipment; very similar to SportChek and I would assume a competitor. I'm interested to see how it turns out.

Here's the website: http://www.intersport.ca/en/

rwspencer38 Apr 10, 2013 5:19 PM

Intersport is part of the Sportchek family, as was Atheletes World. All of those companies fall under the FGL Ltd family (Forzani Group) with Sportchek and Atmosphere being their flagship stores. Kind of a Futureshop/Bestbuy sorta thing.

statbass Apr 10, 2013 5:25 PM

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Originally Posted by rwspencer38 (Post 6085675)
Intersport is part of the Sportchek family, as was Atheletes World. All of those companies fall under the FGL Ltd family (Forzani Group) with Sportchek and Atmosphere being their flagship stores. Kind of a Futureshop/Bestbuy sorta thing.

Ah, right on. Making their own competition.. lol. :cheers:

Marty_Mcfly Apr 10, 2013 7:41 PM

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Originally Posted by PoscStudent (Post 6084947)
Atmosphere is part of Sport Chek.

There is a sign up in what was Athletes World in the mall saying they are closed for renovations and opening up under a different name that I can't remember. Our shopping experience is going to improve though, well according to the sign.

:haha:

I'm excited based on just that

PoscStudent Apr 10, 2013 8:32 PM

It was my favourite line on the sign!

JCE Apr 15, 2013 12:19 AM

Updates around the Stavanger drive Area April 14th.

(Looks like major reno for the new Target)
http://i.imgur.com/kbPzzCAl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ZHYItcAl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/r4CAAzMl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/saAw3TUl.jpg

SignalHillHiker Apr 15, 2013 12:20 AM

You have to be ****ing kidding with the TD Bank... seriously? I was there, it feels like, yesterday and it was only a steel frame.

Great pics! Thanks for the updates! :)

JCE Apr 15, 2013 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by SignalHillHiker (Post 6091207)
You have to be ****ing kidding with the TD Bank... seriously? I was there, it feels like, yesterday and it was only a steel frame.

Great pics! Thanks for the updates! :)

They really do put them building up fast once they get going.

Robg Apr 15, 2013 12:54 AM

I am always glad when I see RCS doing a job I know they do pretty fast work, if only they were doing TD place haha.

mrjanejacobs Apr 15, 2013 11:02 AM

It's constructed quickly because it's a cookie-cutter design that probably has been built in several power-centre style developments across the Country. Should we be impressed (or happy with this)? No.

Copes Apr 15, 2013 11:17 AM

I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone happy with any Stavanger Drive development here on the forums. :haha: Still, can give props to workers who slammed that together so quickly. I couldn't put up a building that fast.

mrjanejacobs Apr 15, 2013 12:03 PM

Fair enough.

Unrelated, but:

Chinese build world's tallest skyscraper in 90 days

Copes Apr 15, 2013 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by mrjanejacobs (Post 6091637)

Imagine how fast the TD Bank would have gone up if we had hired those guys. :haha:

I've seen that. I don't know if I would want to be in the top floor of a tower like that put up in 3-months. But maybe I'm old-fashioned.


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