Former Target in Conestoga Mall now home to 11 new shops, 15 more coming

The old Target space in Conestoga Mall have some new tenants. There are 11 new stores opening this week and 15 more coming in the fall.
What used to be a Target at Conestoga Mall is now home to 11stores, including a Sport Chek. (Google Maps)

The former Target in Conestoga Mall is now home to 11 new stores that opened Thursday, with 15 more coming this fall. The new stores include Sport Chek and Miniso, a Japanese lifestyle brand.

"We actually went to them to lease the space," said Sandra Stone, general manager at the mall.

"We viewed the closure of Target as an opportunity to repurpose the space and increase the selection of stores that we could offer to our shoppers."

The Target location at Conestoga Mall closed in January, 2015. Between then and now, the north wing has been under construction.

Stone said they've added skylights, washrooms and subdivided the space to create spaces for new stores.

However, there won't be a large visual difference between the newly-renovated space and the rest of the mall.

"We did that on purpose so that people could walk through the mall and have a seamless transition," Stone said.