There are actually people living downtown in Edmonton, but they are ignored, dismissed and forced to drive elsewhere.Canadian Tire is replacing their existing store in Toronto on Yonge and Church St with two condo towers and a Canadian Tire store on the ground level. So they're definitely not moving away from urban formats but rather only building them where they make sense. Until there is no room for standalone big box in Edmonton's core, there will be no incentive to fuse big box and urban development. Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal has the density and population required where it made sense to bring big box to the core population rather than relying on the population to drive to it. Here, Unity Square exists.
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What is also often missed is that many employers have significantly densified their office space, so you have more people in the same amount of space. This means that even if new towers aren't sprouting up, businesses downtown should be getting busier.On the topic of the mall itself, the food court was packed at lunch time. A little bit of hope that we're inching back towards the pre-pandemic days.
There are still too many empty CRUs in ECC. I'm sorry to say this but Bonnie Doon Mall has now surpassed ECC.
Northgate should be at #6 since it has Safeway, Walmart and Marshalls for anchor stores, which is a better offering than Bonnie Doon or ECC (maybe even MWTC since Co-op is closing there).1. WEM
5. Millwoods Town Centre
6. Bonnie Doon
After that, can slot in Westmount, Meadowlark, Northgate and Capilano
Also, Capilano should be removed from the list considering that it is mainly a power center not a shopping mall anymore.Northgate should be at #6 since it has Safeway, Walmart and Marshalls for anchor stores, which is a better offering than Bonnie Doon or ECC (maybe even MWTC since Co-op is closing there).