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Old Posted Mar 2, 2010, 9:46 PM
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Wow. Makes County Fair look bustling.
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North Hill gets a decent amount of traffic from the LRT station there as well. In fact, it has a great location. Just needs a proper renovation I feel like.
It did get an overhaul and renovation not that long ago. Though, I do agree, more work is yet to be done. That Sears has to learn that Retro is only cool when its new retro, not old retro!
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They don't get any deader than this: Chaleur Centre, Bathurst, NB:

http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&sourc...280.37,,0,1.18

Yes, it's still open.
Bathurst couldn't even handle a Wal-Mart chain?

In HRM there isn't really a dead mall per say. Our former main street (Barrington St) could qualify though for a dead street and before the redevelopment occured Penhorn Mall in Dartmouth was looking pretty gloomy.
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Looks like Bathurst has nothing but malls.
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Old Posted Mar 2, 2010, 10:47 PM
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This one is the worst mall in Sherbrooke, and it's still open but 90% empty.
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The London Mall, in London, Ontario. Nearby one of Canada's very first McDonald's. The mall may have actually been modern back when Abe Lincoln was President. Shabby beyond belief. Anchored by a Sears Discount Outlet (read: distressed goods, in an old Woolco that has NOT been refurbished for at least 45 years), and a (now closed) Price Chopper. In between? Oh, some place where you can get Samosas...and FAX! (no joke, this is the ad board outside). Talk about one stop shopping. ONly photo that I could find:


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Price Chopper closed? How does that place survive without it? I lived at Oxford and Wonderland for 1 year (What a mistake! Immediately moved back downtown when my lease was up) and they had the craziest Dollar Store ever right by the west entrance. The owner was Indian and they had some really whack stuff. That must be the samosa/fax joint.
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I think we have to remember that what we consider dead in Canada is not really dead. Yes the downtown malls were the malls that could be considered dead and did empty out. But a lot of the suburban malls listed, were not or are not really dead. They may not have the big name chains, but they are home to local mom and pop stores that do cater to the surrounding area.

Places like Don Mills Centre were not dead. They were not busy like huge regional malls, but they still have their pllaces in the retail world.

In fact I remember reading an article a year or two ago that said Canada does not have as large or even the same dead mall issue as the USA does. And one of the reasons is actually public transit. Our malls actually are transport hubs, and people still go to the mall, instead of just big boxes, and the transit helps, if people can take a subway or a bus direct to the mall.

Anyway all I am saying is, Canada really is not doing that bad. We do not have super regional malls which have done empty the way the USA has, etc.
In fact our malls are just as popular as ever, and are always reinventing themselves. Scarborough Town Centre near my house, is just packed.
Malls never have really fallen out of favour like the news makes it sound like.

Don't forget to shop at EATON PLACE(Now City Centre) in Winnipeg. This is from when Downtown Winnipeg was the retail mecca of the city.
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Bathurst couldn't even handle a Wal-Mart chain?
Nah, Wal-Mart built a stand alone store across town a few years back. When it went, everything else went with it.

Bathurst has two other malls...not bad for a city of less than 20,000.
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Calling North Hill (Cgy) a "dead mall" is one of the silliest things I've ever read. This person obviously has no idea what a "dead mall" looks like. North Hill has constant traffic. it is no Chinook but it's incredibly far from "dead."

Google Woodmar Mall, Hammond Indiana (my teenage stomping ground) if you want to see a dead mall.
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Agreed with furr..er...Rusty on this one. North Hill is very convenient to get to; less than 100m from one of the entrances to the Lions Park LRT station. This is much closer than Chinook or Southcentre is to the LRT. The two 55+ residence towers above the mall certainly help its viability. The renovations helped as well. The Sears is the notable exception though. It still looks like it did when it opened way-back-when.
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Has anyone mentioned Cavendish mall in Montreal? It actually used to be pretty busy 10 years ago, but its sort of dead now. It can't beat Decarie though. I have a strange urge to go and take pictures of both malls tomorrow.
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The London Mall, in London, Ontario. Nearby one of Canada's very first McDonald's. The mall may have actually been modern back when Abe Lincoln was President. Shabby beyond belief. Anchored by a Sears Discount Outlet (read: distressed goods, in an old Woolco that has NOT been refurbished for at least 45 years), and a (now closed) Price Chopper. In between? Oh, some place where you can get Samosas...and FAX! (no joke, this is the ad board outside). Talk about one stop shopping. ONly photo that I could find:


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/compmouse/2040474723/
The former anchor was actually Kmart, which closed when the chain went under in the late 90s. I was very surprised to see Price Chopper close, because of the proximity of a lot of off-campus Western students, but I believe the nearby Costco really took away sales from Price Chopper. London Mall opened in 1968-69 with Food City and Kmart as anchors.

I took this photo of London Mall in January 2008. About the only thing going for this mall right now is Kelsey's.

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Has anyone mentioned Cavendish mall in Montreal? It actually used to be pretty busy 10 years ago, but its sort of dead now. It can't beat Decarie though. I have a strange urge to go and take pictures of both malls tomorrow.
I remember Cavendish when the Eaton's was still going strong
(and the horrid adverts on CJAD AM Radio, ad nauseum: "Come-on to CA-VEN-DISH! CA-VEN-DISH!" "Cavendish Mall. Cavendish. And Kildare.")

It was bustling. Dropped in for groceries around 2000. Sliding downhill at the end with the closed Eatons (still had a Caplan Duval). Went back again in Spring 2004: Deader than some of the octogenerians skulking about with their scratch and lose lotto cards.

Decarie Square has been dead almost as long as has Humphrey Bogart. EVEN IN THE 1970's, it was deadsville.

Check out the New South China Mall: the biggest, deadest one of all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_China_Mall

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Notably, it has been 99% vacant since its 2005 opening;[2]
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Honeydale mall in Etobicoke is certainly among the top contenders for dead malls in Canada. A relic from the 60s it was anchored by outlet retailers and later a Wal-Mart but now almost everything is closed. The only stores are a No-Frills supermarket, a flea-market which seems to primarily sell pirated DVDs and a dentists office. The interior retail space was completely vacant last time I was there.

http://www.blogto.com/city/2009/05/n...oneydale_mall/


From the street:

http://maps.google.ca/maps?client=fi...156.44,,1,2.14


Most people blame the failure of the mall on the successful Cloverdale mall, which is basically across the street. While that certainly plays a part, the truth is actually a bit more interesting. Basically the property and nearby No Frills distribution centre share a common owner (not sure what company, but no doubt shrouded by numbered corporations) with intent to redevelop the site as residential. But, portions of this land are designated as "Employment Areas" which means no residential development. The way around this is to show that the land isn't viable for employment uses. Basically refusing to resign existing leases or new ones for anything better than a flea market is seen as a good way to do this. It's a classic trick for redeveloping industrial land in Toronto.
That Honeydale mall is utterly pathetic. I enjoyed the link and the photos.
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Does anyone remember the mall in Huntington Hills on Hunterview Drive and 64th Avenue? It was anchored by a Food Giant. It was torn down about 10 years ago to make way for Statesmen's Manor Village at Huntington Hills. As a kid, I used to cut through there daily to get to elementary school. I even remember my sister taking dance lessons at the dance studio there, and for gym class we'd go bowling at the bowling alley on the bottom level!!
My brother had a security guard gig there when he was younger. He quit the day he had a drug dealer threaten to kill him. Such a sketchy mall. *shudder*

I always found Franklin Mall pre-TNT Supermarket moving in, to be quite a sad, dead mall. But once T&T moved in, it's pretty busy, at least from what I saw the last few times I was there.

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Well, see, there seems to be some kind of mix up with that. There's International Village, and there's Tinseltown (posted in previous pics as "International Village"). International Village seems to be doing fine with its easy access to the Stadium skytrain station and TNT market. Tinseltown on the other hand has a theatre, a McDonalds, a Starbucks, and a 7-11. The rest is filled with empty shops and some art space. It kinda sucks, it really seems like it should be something big. Especially with its location right downtown and near Chinatown.
It's really too bad International Village isn't more busy with less vacant stores. It's quite a nice space and great location. I only go there for Tinseltown (movie theatre) and to the 7-11 to buy snacks to sneak into said movie theatre.
Having said that though, when I was down there during Chinese New Year it was packed because of the occasion:



But it's pretty dead most days.
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I guess since we're broadening our definition of what constitutes a mall, I might as well through in a few little malls from Waterloo Region and Guelph.

Frederick Mall in Kitchener

It's not empty, but it's not much either. Anchor tenants include Valu-mart, a bowling alley, and a cinema with only 2 screens. There is a coffee time and a dollarama there, and a whole bunch of small businesses, including one that sells saris if I'm not mistaken.

About as retro as it gets.


What it looks like outside on streetview.

http://maps.google.ca/?ie=UTF8&ll=43...12,230.01,,0,5

Highland Hills Mall in Kitchener

This was a dead mall once the Sunrise Power Centre was built 1km south of there. More recently the former interior hallway was scrapped and a massive Great Canadian Superstore was built in its place, so it's no longer an indoor mall. It's almost totally occupied now, even during this recession.

What it looks like outside.

http://maps.google.ca/?ie=UTF8&ll=43...12,240.09,,0,5

Market Square in downtown Kitchener.

A planning blunder from the 1960s. The only functional retail component to this place is the food court upstairs, and even that's mediocre. There's also a convenience store and a Goodlife Fitness upstairs. Almost the entire main level is vacant, with Trios college planning to take over much of the vacant space. The back has been taken over by the Record (our main newspaper) and the entire basement has been taken over by Stantec Engineering's regional offices.

It's pretty amazing how it went from a retail powerhouse with department stores to an oddly shaped office building in just a few decades.

What it looks like on google streetview.

http://maps.google.ca/?ie=UTF8&ll=43...=12,75.73,,0,5

King Centre in downtown Kitchener.

Another planning blunder from the 1960s, similar to Market Square but worse. For the last decade or so, it has housed Manulife Financial's offices and about 1,500 or so employees work there.

So if you're wondering why there is a lack of tall office buildings in downtown Kitchener, it's because most office uses are in the former malls.

The King street entrance on streetview.

http://maps.google.ca/?ie=UTF8&ll=43...36.07,,0,-17.5

Cambridge Shoppers Mall

Features Liquidation World, Smitty's, and a call centre. Not much more needs to be said.

The front from streetview.

http://maps.google.ca/?ie=UTF8&ll=43...42.96,,0,-5.43

Willow West Mall in Guelph

Located in the "ghetto" of Guelph, this mall's main anchor tenants include a No-Frills and a Zellers. Interior decor is similar to Frederick Mall's in terms of its tacky retroness.

http://maps.google.ca/?ie=UTF8&ll=43...,35.54,,0,8.43
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My brother had a security guard gig there when he was younger. He quit the day he had a drug dealer threaten to kill him. Such a sketchy mall. *shudder*

I always found Franklin Mall pre-TNT Supermarket moving in, to be quite a sad, dead mall. But once T&T moved in, it's pretty busy, at least from what I saw the last few times I was there.
Franklin Mall is downright frenetic most of the time. It often approaches Beijing levels of foot-shuffling, noodle-slurping crowds.
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Hey, this thread is still here!

A little update since my last post, the Safeway that was stuck in the 80's/90's went through a reno a few months ago, and now are like every other updated Safeway around the country.

That interior pic of Frederick Mall looks exactly like the inside of Northgate Shopping Centre in Winnipeg, which is another mall that's dying, or dead. Just a cheap theatre and Zellers anchoring it. That's pretty much it.
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The former anchor was actually Kmart, which closed when the chain went under in the late 90s. I was very surprised to see Price Chopper close, because of the proximity of a lot of off-campus Western students, but I believe the nearby Costco really took away sales from Price Chopper. London Mall opened in 1968-69 with Food City and Kmart as anchors.

I took this photo of London Mall in January 2008. About the only thing going for this mall right now is Kelsey's.

That better not be a crane shot.

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Hey, this thread is still here!

A little update since my last post, the Safeway that was stuck in the 80's/90's went through a reno a few months ago, and now are like every other updated Safeway around the country.

That interior pic of Frederick Mall looks exactly like the inside of Northgate Shopping Centre in Winnipeg, which is another mall that's dying, or dead. Just a cheap theatre and Zellers anchoring it. That's pretty much it.
hah i thought of north gate also but its not a dead mall its just a low end mall

http://www.google.ca/maps?ie=UTF8&ll...98.93,,0,-3.36
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