Originally Posted by halifaxboyns
Here are some more examples of the 'two storey' shopping facade I mentioned with the photo.
It will be interesting to see what happens with some upcoming redevelopments. There's the potential for a major retail space in the redevelopment of the former TD block, and it seems pretty certain that retailers would pay a lot for that location. I'm not sure about others along Queen Street, Birmingham, or Dresden Row, but the success of the Trillium spaces suggests that at least some smaller retailers would happily move to the side streets. The St. Mary's corner is another interesting spot. That corner could host a great retail space, but it is not part of the traditional main strip.
As Halifax grows I think it's just a reality that retailers will have to look beyond the old prime spots. It will start with the smaller stores looking for lower rent, and as prices go up the major retailers will follow. Those stores by Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto are all quite new -- they would just have been small shops 10 or 20 years ago.
HMV in downtown Vancouver closed down about a year ago. I doubt they will last many more years in Halifax.