Monday, October 1, 2012
**I am re-posting this entry from April, in light of the confirmation of another "place holder" on the map below. OSEG says Sporting Life, shown taking up most of Building A, is indeed coming to Lansdowne.**
I was recently shown this retail map of Lansdowne Park:
I realize you can't make out the details, and some of the fine print on the original's a bit difficult to decipher as well. But I can tell you that with only one exception, every space on the map appears to be occupied. (The developer calls them "placeholders"...more on that below.) Here's the breakdown:
Building A (Bank at Holmwood): Sporting Life
Building B (Holmwood): Under Armour, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's, Restoration Hardware
Building C (Holmwood): Formella (a restaurant, apparently), LoCal (another resto), Empire Cinemas
Building D (Holmwood, beside the Horticulture Building): Jack Astor's, Wasabi Sushi
Building H (Bank): Whole Foods (second floor), LCBO, Starbucks, Puma, Lulu Lemon, Laura Secord, Cake Shop (presumably the Cake Shop), Sunset Grill, and a "personal service business" that looks like it might be Renaldo, the coiffeur to the stars
Building G1 (just east of Building H): Children's Place, Bootlegger, Claire's, another small retailer I can't make out, and a restaurant called "Joey" (this Seafood place?)
Building G2 (beside G1): Sunglass Hut and another small retailer called "Fratelli" (unless they mean the restaurant and accidentally used the wrong colour)
Civic Centre (under the north side stands): Goodlife Fitness, The Source, Wind Mobile, David's Tea, South St. Burger, and another salon
Building I (the south-west corner, on Bank): TD Bank, Milestones, Spence Diamonds
This "Leasing Plan" is dated March 5, 2012. According to Trinity's Lansdowne site, only Whole Foods, LCBO and Empire have actually inked some kind of a lease. So where did all these other names come from? Some were mentioned in the Lansdowne Partnership's refined retail strategy presented back in February (the "Amended Retail Mix" appears on page 20). Others seem to have appeared in the interim.
None of the handful of businesses on the new map that I contacted has signed a lease, or has engaged in any significant talks with Trinity. The Glebe BIA's Christine Leadman hadn't seen the map, but says it's likely just a "developer's tool" to attract tenants. A spokesperson for OSEG confirms this, calling the names on the map "placeholders."
Still, both this map and the previous leasing strategy give some indication of the types of businesses Trinity hopes to attract. Some are generating excitement (hello Restoration Hardware). Others, not so much. Still others can be found in any mall across the city (Claire's, Bootlegger, The Source). This probably isn't the "diverse, vibrant and successful retail environment" some people had in mind.