A number of new retailers are coming to the Winnipeg market.
Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie will open their first Winnipeg stores later this year at Polo Park Shopping Centre, while other new stores coming to the mall include Disney Store, Nine West, Thomas Sabo, Fossil, Journeys, Pandora and H&M.
It's all part of a massive $49-million redevelopment of the mall, which will see 17 new stores open by Oct. 1 and 23 total open by next year.
The redevelopment plans also include:
- 114,000 square feet of new and redeveloped retail space
- 65,000 square feet of that housing new retailers
- 25,000 square feet leased to H&M
- 370 feet of new skylights creating a modern and bright shopping environment
- New soft seating areas and washrooms
- Renovation of a former Zeller's entrance to become a new mall entrance from the second level parking deck
Eight of the 23 planned stores will be opening their first locations in Winnipeg.
Deborah Green, Polo Park’s general manager, said the changes were a long time coming.
“We just didn’t have any vacancy, so when this Zellers space presented itself, all of a sudden, it was like, ‘Now we can bring in retailers we’ve been chatting with for some time!’” said Green.
The new branch of the mall is under construction between Aldo and Guess. All of the stores will be upstairs, except for H&M, which will go on the lower floor.
“Our redevelopment is in response to the market’s strong demand for a roster of world class retailers,” said Finley McEwen, senior vice president of development for Cadillac Fairview, which owns the shopping centre.
Green said they are hoping the redevelopment will increase traffic at the mall by about 10 per cent.
Nearby, Target will open a new flagship store on the adjacent Polo Park Plaza site, previously home to the Canad Inns Stadium (Winnipeg Stadium).
Local retailer Nick Welch said he’s not worried about the extra competition. Nick owns Ordnry Cuts, Clothing and More in the Exchange District.
“Some people may go and shop at the big box stores, but I think for the most part, people like supporting local and finding new cool trends that not everyone is going to be wearing,” said Welch, who added local stores like his can offer “more exclusive stuff.”