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PoscStudent Jul 30, 2012 12:34 AM

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 5780283)
I was reading through the list of 2012 capital projects (posted by a few people in other SJ threads) and noticed construction of an 8 unit strip mall in Torbay. Does anyone know what this is all about? It may not have anything to do with retail, but I decided to post here since it was stated as a strip mall.

At the bottom of Piperstock Hill there's a sign for a strip mall.

wrwalsh Aug 9, 2012 5:55 PM

Orange store being built on Kenmount rd (near donovans) will have a subway built in

IronMan Aug 10, 2012 9:48 PM

Does anyone know what is being built next to the Buck or Two in the Stavanger Drive area? Site work has started on something.

statbass Aug 13, 2012 12:30 PM

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Originally Posted by IronMan (Post 5794825)
Does anyone know what is being built next to the Buck or Two in the Stavanger Drive area? Site work has started on something.

I noticed the same thing over the weekend. I had no idea anything was planned for that site. It is, however, nice to see some infill there since that parking lot is a lot of wasted space. I also noticed the area in front of Mark's on Kelsey has been gated off. I think this will be the new site for Swiss Chalet - this has not yet been confirmed though.

A325 Aug 16, 2012 1:45 PM

I believe PF Changs is back in the proposed Harbour front restaurant development next to the Keg along with the other restaurant Legros and Motti

J_Murphy Aug 16, 2012 1:53 PM

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Originally Posted by A325 (Post 5800346)
I believe PF Changs is back in the proposed Harbour front restaurant development next to the Keg along with the other restaurant Legros and Motti

Any idea on a construction date?

techie Aug 17, 2012 3:29 PM

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techie Aug 17, 2012 3:30 PM

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 5796748)
I noticed the same thing over the weekend. I had no idea anything was planned for that site. It is, however, nice to see some infill there since that parking lot is a lot of wasted space. I also noticed the area in front of Mark's on Kelsey has been gated off. I think this will be the new site for Swiss Chalet - this has not yet been confirmed though.

I just got confirmation that the new development in front of Mark's on Kelsey Drive is a TD Bank.

they are putting the Swiss Chalet, along with a Royal Bank in front of the Staples on Kelsey.

statbass Aug 17, 2012 4:19 PM

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Originally Posted by techie (Post 5801812)
I just got confirmation that the new development in front of Mark's on Kelsey Drive is a TD Bank.

they are putting the Swiss Chalet, along with a Royal Bank in front of the Staples on Kelsey.

^^^^ Thanks for the update! TD is really upping its presence in the city. I believe they just recently opened a new branch in Manuels and another branch will be built on Stavanger, site of the former Penney Preowned dealership.

A325 Aug 17, 2012 8:08 PM

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Originally Posted by J_Murphy (Post 5800356)
Any idea on a construction date?

Doesn't look like it is gonna be any sooner than next spring/summer

jeddy1989 Aug 20, 2012 1:21 PM

My friend just told me that they said on the radio that H&M are opening a location here... could this finally be true? lol

Copes Aug 20, 2012 1:32 PM

On a visit this weekend, my parents brought me a Banana Republic shirt from the outlet in Halifax. Apparently, when asked about a return, the clerk told them an outlet would be opening here within 90 days. Another clerk then butted in and said she thought the outlet was delayed, and wouldn't be here that soon.

None the less, it looks like Banana Republic might be on the way. I for one am very pleased about that.

statbass Aug 20, 2012 3:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Copes (Post 5804446)
On a visit this weekend, my parents brought me a Banana Republic shirt from the outlet in Halifax. Apparently, when asked about a return, the clerk told them an outlet would be opening here within 90 days. Another clerk then butted in and said she thought the outlet was delayed, and wouldn't be here that soon.

None the less, it looks like Banana Republic might be on the way. I for one am very pleased about that.

^^^^ Hmm... it does sound promising! I'd love for a BR (and Tommy Hilfiger) outlet to come to St. John's. However, I'm a little reluctant to get my hopes up until something official is announced. Retail locations always seem subject to change quite often. But hey, BR employees would definitely know more about new locations than me... :yes:

As for the H&M, if this was announced on the radio I would give it some credit for sure. A couple of months back a writer for The Scope contacted H&M and inquired about a potential opening in St. John's. Their response indicated they did not have planned openings in 2012 but (of course) that could change. Here is a link to the discussion:

http://thescope.ca/wha/is-hm-coming-to-st-johns

PoscStudent Aug 20, 2012 4:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Copes (Post 5804446)
On a visit this weekend, my parents brought me a Banana Republic shirt from the outlet in Halifax. Apparently, when asked about a return, the clerk told them an outlet would be opening here within 90 days. Another clerk then butted in and said she thought the outlet was delayed, and wouldn't be here that soon.

None the less, it looks like Banana Republic might be on the way. I for one am very pleased about that.

The plans for the new phase of the Stavanger Drive area, around Rona, shows the Gap as one of the stores going there, I thought from the beginning that it could be Banana Republic because I've never seen a Gap in a big box store development but have seen BR.

statbass Aug 20, 2012 4:56 PM

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Originally Posted by PoscStudent (Post 5804656)
The plans for the new phase of the Stavanger Drive area, around Rona, shows the Gap as one of the stores going there, I thought from the beginning that it could be Banana Republic because I've never seen a Gap in a big box store development but have seen BR.

I noticed the same thing when looking at the site plans a few months back... Actually, I think I attached a link to the PDF in a previous post. If the rumor holds true this could very well be the spot... it seems plausible.

icetea93 Aug 20, 2012 5:09 PM

H&M is likely opening as they are opening in Fredericton this year and are looking at opening a second Halifax location as well!

MonctonRad Aug 20, 2012 5:57 PM

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Originally Posted by icetea93 (Post 5804692)
H&M is likely opening as they are opening in Fredericton this year and are looking at opening a second Halifax location as well!

H&M has been open in Moncton for well over a year and BR is opening a factory store in the Mapleton Centre in Moncton this fall, so I would not be surprised to see them coming to St. John's too.

Marty_Mcfly Aug 20, 2012 8:17 PM

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Originally Posted by jeddy1989 (Post 5804442)
My friend just told me that they said on the radio that H&M are opening a location here... could this finally be true? lol

H&M has been in the middle of rumors around St. John's for years. As of March of this year, H&M apparently had no plans to open a location in St. John's for this year. Anything could happen next year I suppose

SignalHillHiker Aug 31, 2012 1:26 AM

That bra place won the international award for best business in NYC, and now the Newfoundland Chocolate Company has won a big one as well:

http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releas...rd/0830n03.htm

statbass Sep 1, 2012 6:51 PM

A friend of mine was shopping at Banana Republic in Halifax a couple weeks back and was chatting with the store manager. She mentioned it would be great if BR opened a store in St. John's. The manager told her that BR has plans to open in St. John's and were waiting until their new store in Moncton was completed. Again, this is not a gaurantee BR will be coming to St. John's but I think it's definitely a strong sign. Likewise, location and time frame remain to be seen.

statbass Sep 2, 2012 12:10 PM

If shopping malls are dying, why can't I get a parking space?
 
An interesting article about retail shopping in St. John's

Source: CBC, Sept 2, 2012

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On Tuesday morning, I made a coffee run and — perhaps because of the caffeine — gained a little insight into the retail scene in St. John's.

I had headed out for Starbucks on Kenmount Road, to pick up a latte and a few coffees for coworkers. The drive back took a little longer than I would have liked; even though it was a Tuesday morning, circling around the Avalon Mall was a slow-motion conga line of cars.

While inching along, I noticed the long queues of vehicles hoping to take a turn into the lots off O'Leary and then Thorburn, and how all the spaces seemed to be filling up.

And it struck me: if shopping malls are dying, why are the parking lots at the Avalon Mall so often packed? I'm exaggerating in the headline about not being able to find a space, but I've more than once had to drive around to find one, even outside of the mayhem that is the Christmas shopping season.

In the last few months, I've read one news article after another that have used words like "dinosaur," "dying," "dwindling" and "moribund" to describe that all-too-familiar component of modern life, the shopping centre. Granted, most of the headlines are coming from the U.S., where the retail industry has been in more of a tailspin than in Canada.

Yet it is assumed in the business press that the very idea of the enclosed shopping centre has been in decline for years, and is ready to expire.

When the research company Green Street Advisors produced the sobering prediction that as many as 10 per cent of the 1,000 or so malls in the U.S. would disappear in the next decade (many of them to be bulldozed), the industry responded by saying the call was too conservative.....
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou...malls-902.html

statbass Sep 13, 2012 12:22 AM

I was driving by Boston Pizza on Aberdeen this evening and noticed all the lights were off and the parking lot was empty. For the life of me I can't see this location closing, it's a prime spot and always packed every time I drive past. Come to think of it, it could be closed due to Leslie-related damage. There is a hotel going up behind it, probably debris from the construction site damaged the building???? I'm by no means a huge Boston Pizza fan; the food is okay - just as good as any other family-style chain restaurant. Just wondering if anyone has any info on this.... :cheers:

bellerophon Sep 13, 2012 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 5829413)
I was driving by Boston Pizza on Aberdeen this evening and noticed all the lights were off and the parking lot was empty. For the life of me I can't see this location closing, it's a prime spot and always packed every time I drive past. Come to think of it, it could be closed due to Leslie-related damage. There is a hotel going up behind it, probably debris from the construction site damaged the building???? I'm by no means a huge Boston Pizza fan; the food is okay - just as good as any other family-style chain restaurant. Just wondering if anyone has any info on this.... :cheers:

I am pretty sure there was no power there (due to the storm) when you drove by, and that's why they were closed. Half of the east end had no power. Haven't heard of them closing, and I doubt they will..

Arrakis Sep 26, 2012 4:54 PM

Just read in the City of St. John's minutes that Swiss Chalet and RBC are going up on Kelsey Drive. I heard they will be built on the property currently a gravel lot in front of Staples. Also heard that TD Bank is going in front of Mark's on Kelsey also.

Townie709 Sep 26, 2012 7:47 PM

I believe some said they heard exactly that before but now that the city confirm it, its concrete! thanks! :tup:

statbass Sep 26, 2012 9:51 PM

I drove past the old Zellers location on Hamlyn Rd today and noticed the building now has a Walmart facade and colors, but no sign yet. Seems like they're making fairly quick turn around work.

Townie709 Sep 26, 2012 11:22 PM

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 5845941)
I drove past the old Zellers location on Hamlyn Rd today and noticed the building now has a Walmart facade and colors, but no sign yet. Seems like they're making fairly quick turn around work.

I also noticed that too while driving. When is that supposed to open?

rthomasd Sep 27, 2012 1:01 AM

October.

statbass Sep 27, 2012 4:41 PM

I was up around Stavanger lunchtime today and decided to take a drive on White Rose Dr. (Harvey Power Centre). There's a large lot of land directly behind the Dominion on Stavanger that's cleared off and surveyed; it looks as if it's being prepped for construction of units. The site is very active with construction workers. Since the last time I was up there a two unit building has been constructed which houses an orthodontist clinic and it looks as if something else will be going into the other unit very soon.

Arrakis Sep 27, 2012 6:40 PM

Dollarama, The Gap, Stokes, and a Golf store were scheduled to directly behind Dominion on White Rose Drive based on previous posts that I have seen on here.

statbass Sep 28, 2012 12:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Arrakis (Post 5846929)
Dollarama, The Gap, Stokes, and a Golf store were scheduled to directly behind Dominion on White Rose Drive based on previous posts that I have seen on here.

The last time I checked that's what was scheduled to go there, but that's always subject to change.

Townie709 Sep 28, 2012 2:30 AM

Did you see anything of significance happening at the Field Power Center? (Like empire theatres)

Last I saw, it was a paved road through a field with no building construction started. I imagine it is the same now but, you never know!

statbass Sep 28, 2012 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Townie709 (Post 5847551)
Did you see anything of significance happening at the Field Power Center? (Like empire theatres)

Last I saw, it was a paved road through a field with no building construction started. I imagine it is the same now but, you never know!

There was activity going on at the Field Power centre as well. The land where Empire Theatres will be going has been prepped but no signs of any structure yet.

statbass Sep 29, 2012 3:51 PM

Perusing the city council minutes I noticed council approved a restaurant for 10 Hebron Way. I believe this is one of the streets in the Field Power Centre. Methinks this could possibly be Kelsey's or Milestones... again, only time will tell.

rthomasd Sep 29, 2012 4:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Townie709 (Post 5846046)
I also noticed that too while driving. When is that supposed to open?

The Topsail Road Walmart opening has been delayed by three weeks and now looks to be
into November.

IronMan Sep 29, 2012 7:20 PM

Did anyone hear what they are building next to the Buck or Two on Aberdene Avenue - on the Wal-Mart parking lot?

statbass Sep 29, 2012 7:53 PM

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Originally Posted by IronMan (Post 5849395)
Did anyone hear what they are building next to the Buck or Two on Aberdene Avenue - on the Wal-Mart parking lot?

Don't quote me on this but I think a TD bank is going in that location. I know there are plans to put one up there but I'm not sure if it's this location or where the Penny pre-owned dealership used to be.

Townie709 Sep 29, 2012 11:26 PM

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 5849431)
Don't quote me on this but I think a TD bank is going in that location. I know there are plans to put one up there but I'm not sure if it's this location or where the Penny pre-owned dealership used to be.

I'm fairly certain that the TD bank is going on the former penny pre-owned site. Not sure what's going up in the Wal-mart marking lot though

rthomasd Oct 1, 2012 9:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Arrakis (Post 5845517)
Just read in the City of St. John's minutes that Swiss Chalet and RBC are going up on Kelsey Drive. I heard they will be built on the property currently a gravel lot in front of Staples. Also heard that TD Bank is going in front of Mark's on Kelsey also.

Not much progress yet, working on the sewer lines. Here's a picture from yesterday.
Interesting how they write the site name on the sewer pipes along with the date. I wonder what "tub" is ?
http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0d4782fc.jpg
http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2fc394d2.jpg
http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/...psd9cc1426.jpg

Townie709 Oct 1, 2012 9:28 PM

Nice to see the Swiss chalet started! I would always go to the kenmount road Swiss chalet, but driving to the cramped stevanger drive location is a pain.

Nice to see ground finally broken at the site, thanks for the update!

statbass Oct 2, 2012 11:28 AM

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Originally Posted by rthomasd (Post 5851442)
Not much progress yet, working on the sewer lines. Here's a picture from yesterday.
Interesting how they write the site name on the sewer pipes along with the date. I wonder what "tub" is ?
http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0d4782fc.jpg
http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2fc394d2.jpg
http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/...psd9cc1426.jpg

I think TUB is actually TDB which would stand for TD bank. I believe that's whats going up next to Swiss Chalet. I think the 'D' was poorly written :cheers:

SignalHillHiker Oct 2, 2012 4:12 PM

I love these pictures. I feel sneaky just looking at them, ha! No idea why.

IronMan Oct 3, 2012 11:39 PM

Hi all - found some info on the development behind Dominion on Aberdeen Ave. Confirmed new stores are Bulk Barn, Dollarama, Jones New York, Stokes, Banana Republic Factory Outlet, Ardene and Golf Town. Five more spaced to be leased in this development. Got this info from http://thompsoncentres.com/aberdeen-overview.html

Townie709 Oct 3, 2012 11:45 PM

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Originally Posted by IronMan (Post 5854416)
Hi all - found some info on the development behind Dominion on Aberdeen Ave. Confirmed new stores are Bulk Barn, Dollarama, Jones New York, Stokes, Banana Republic Factory Outlet, Ardene and Golf Town. Five more spaced to be leased in this development. Got this info from http://thompsoncentres.com/aberdeen-overview.html

Yay, an east end bulk barn!!! the addition of the other stores to the city are awesome too! but really, how many dollarama's do we need xD

jeddy1989 Oct 4, 2012 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Townie709 (Post 5854428)
Yay, an east end bulk barn!!! the addition of the other stores to the city are awesome too! but really, how many dollarama's do we need xD

I'm quite happy that we are getting a couple of new stores and not just repeats... I'm sure more are to come with the "feild Power Centre" and the huge one in Glencrest .. we cant have them all be repeats (I'm hoping for an Ikea PLEASE among others)

That will make it Dollarama number 5 for metro ;)

statbass Oct 4, 2012 12:03 PM

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Originally Posted by jeddy1989 (Post 5855003)
I'm quite happy that we are getting a couple of new stores and not just repeats... I'm sure more are to come with the "feild Power Centre" and the huge one in Glencrest .. we cant have them all be repeats (I'm hoping for an Ikea PLEASE among others)

That will make it Dollarama number 5 for metro ;)

I wonder what the saturation point is for Dollaramas here? :haha:

SignalHillHiker Oct 4, 2012 12:10 PM

You know, I shop at thrift stores - no issue there - but I still can't bring myself to walk into a Dollarama. The stuff is just so cheap - and I don't mean inexpensive.

It seems like the type of place where the cat food is ground up cat.

jeddy1989 Oct 4, 2012 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 5855013)
I wonder what the saturation point is for Dollaramas here? :haha:

Well I was looking at the location finder on dollarama website and in the halifax region theres like 8 ... well I mean how many tim hortons are there??? I really wanna know that numer .. how many in the St. John's Metro Area .. because I have tried to count them all then i realize i missed a whole bunch or i walk into a building and didnt realize there was one there before

I tried looking for it in locator on the Tim Hortons website .. however they do it by leters and the letters run out so when you move down the map to include like CBS it re calulates and looses some of the other locations on the map lmao .. so we know that there are at least 28 ;)

J_Murphy Oct 4, 2012 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by IronMan (Post 5854416)
Hi all - found some info on the development behind Dominion on Aberdeen Ave. Confirmed new stores are Bulk Barn, Dollarama, Jones New York, Stokes, Banana Republic Factory Outlet, Ardene and Golf Town. Five more spaced to be leased in this development. Got this info from http://thompsoncentres.com/aberdeen-overview.html

Excellent news. I'm glad to hear that golftown is for sure since Golf and Gear is closing. I had a feeling they might have been closing for this reason. I'm also happy there will be an east end bulk barn and we will finally have a Banana Republic!

Townie709 Oct 4, 2012 5:58 PM

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Originally Posted by jeddy1989 (Post 5855003)
I'm quite happy that we are getting a couple of new stores and not just repeats... I'm sure more are to come with the "feild Power Centre" and the huge one in Glencrest .. we cant have them all be repeats (I'm hoping for an Ikea PLEASE among others)

That will make it Dollarama number 5 for metro ;)

Was it ikea or Lowes that wanted to buy Rona, but the government stopped it?


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