I am pretty sure it could.
Totes, I'd love to not have to drive all the way to South Common to go to IKEA, but I bet most other northsiders would agree as well. Unfortunately, I doubt IKEA would take that plunge here.Nothing has changed my mind and it would be a huge draw, but I cannot see them going into ECC or Downtown... but IF I was ECC, I'd be all over that pitch.
We dont have the numbers to make it work unless they see if serving much of the city and in a way people are not used to, ie. far more urban and a much smaller in-store offering, limited loading/parking and much more shipped to home.
I can see that being far more palatable in Central Toronto, but could see more folks here just going to the other location to simplify things.
Here's hoping I am wrong though, for it would be a coup to have a destination retailer open up Downtown.
I had a chat with Jack not so long ago. He was an Edmontonian and takes pride in his roots but moved to Calgary. He shared with me that he had an opportunity to set up and head a school of public policy and chose to do it at U of C for several reasons typical of Edmonton that we all discuss on this forum, despite Edmonton being the capital (on paper) of Alberta. He writes opinion pieces in the National Post frequently so he has a national platform. Nevertheless, however written it continues to perpetuate people's negative perception of Edmonton outside of Edmonton.Not a particularly well written piece, but I get it.
A bit misguided with this one...given its recent injection of millions by the UofA and much higher use.
'The historic Hudson’s Bay building, where my parents had lunch every day with friends, is now dilapidated, ready to be refurbished — or torn down.'