Petrolia Mall should be torn down, community leader says
Posted: Dec 14, 2012 7:03 PM MT
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2012 8:55 PM MT
Food retailer Loblaws plans to take over the space now occupied by Giant Tiger in the Petrolia Mall and turn it into a No Frills grocery store.
But local community leaders would prefer that the aging and mostly empty shopping centre at 114th Street and 40th Avenue was torn down and the land turned into a mix of housing and commercial development.
"This has been a hole in our community for a couple decades now," said Michael Walters from the Aspen Gardens Community League.
"There's obviously a need here to solve this problem which is getting worse. Businesses are not staying here, the site's getting more and more rundown all the time."
Walters believes a new discount grocery store could struggle since the rest of the mall is dying.
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