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popular fashion brands will do way more for our DT and city image than cannabis stores with covered windows…
Not for weed smokers, and there’s a lot of them. Cannabis equals entertainment and fun to me, which is what I plan to go to the district regularly for. Name brand clothes equals WEM or Amazon Prime to me, not a pathway to enhancing an experience
 
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Could you not use one of the many dispensaries in the near proximity and permit this to be something different?
Why would I inconvenience myself when I am happy that space is being used for cannabis. I am sure a lot of residents that live in the district will also be happy it’s there.
 
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^ This is my primary issue with this. Apart from the dark, unappealing storefronts (and the fact that there is already a handful of these within a few blocks), it seems to only be a certain type of entertainment for this district and doesn't feel particularly inclusive.

These stores are dime a dozen across the city, feels like such a waste to have this take up a prime spot in an allegedly premiere district meant to be a unique draw to the city. Might as well add some more cash moneys, dental offices, and pawn shops and make this the most premiere strip mall in the city.
 

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As much as I don't like the weed and liquor stores (and to a much lesser extent the banks) the Oilers are opening their (first ever??) dedicated team store right on the plaza very soon with the ICE House, Banquet and Loblaws soon to follow. So not all is doom and gloom. Having said that, One Properties needs to ensure that the remaining retail spaces facing the plaza (of which there still a number remaining, both on the main and second floors) are filled with type of tenants that will help make this the exciting entertainment district that is envisioned and that we are all hoping for. So no more banks, weed and liquor stores and NO dollar or cash stores!!! Please and thanks.
 

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In their defense, they can't force high end fashion boutiques that don't exist or don't want to lease take space there. Also, this city has a very suburban mentality and history that is difficult to change and the last few years with COVID shutting much of downtown and the economic downturn (before and after that) didn't help.

Even the new Rexall drug store could not survive in this area over the last few years. It will take time to build a more upscale entertainment and retail area, probably several years. In the meantime the developers have to lease out at least a significant portion of the space.

I'm not fan of casino's or buds stores myself, but at this point I doubt there is a line up of better options.
 

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Reminds me of WEM when it first opened which was a massive overbuild for the market with 4 MacDonalds and 2 Mr. Big and Tall The market grew into it and they don’t have that problem anymore.
An interesting observation. As a customer, I really didn't mind the duplication. If one Bay was out of stock, a person could go to the one at the other end without going outside or driving, so at times it was very handy. However, I'm not sure it made great business sense for the stores.

However, I do agree the market will eventually adjust. I don't understand all the ins and outs of WEM strategy, but they seemed to keep the mall fairly full while transitioning to more variety and high end stores which was probably no easy task. At first you may have to take what you can get and later you can become more choosy.
 

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popular fashion brands will do way more for our DT and city image than cannabis stores with covered windows…
Popular fashion brands don’t want to be downtown. That’s the hard truth. Had nothing to do with ice district or cannabis stores. Cannabis stores would cut off their left arm if it meant they could have uncovered windows, but they can’t. Not because they don’t want to. Also, what’s so entertaining about upscale fashion brands? I agree, we want them downtown. How would they benefit an entertainment district though? And to say they benefit more than a cannabis store? In the context of entertainment? Your argument has legs but no feet. You have to also remember there are so many other cru’s that need to be filled up. I’d understand the outrage somewhat if this was the last one. It’s not though. The ones that are filled with banks should come first in getting removed before a cannabis store if it’s such an “entertainment” district.
 

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Could you not use one of the many dispensaries in the near proximity and permit this to be something different?
Considering it’s a flagship store I think the most likely thing to happen is it absorbs the market and takes control of the area in the nearest proximity. So the near ones probably would run out of business. Canna cabana and anything on Jasper will stay. As far as the ones nearby if I’m close to ice district id probably pick that one over the other ones. The one on 104 st will survive. You have to remember also in the winter smokers already have it tough. Having to walk even for 5 minutes is too much sometimes especially when factoring in the smoking part. Having one In the nearest proximity is ideal, not for everyone, but for a large population of people enough for it to make sense.
 

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The truth is ice District can’t afford to be only entertainment right now. It’s not like the downtown and whyte ave markets can’t support nightlife entertainment. It’s just there’s so much of it close by already that it’s not enough to pull in buyers at their price points. Most people buying in legends and and sky rise have money to spend. Most people who are enticed by those things are usually a lot younger. Most young people don’t have money. This is obviously speaking generally… They need to market convenience. Once phase 2 gets built all the fashion stores, dispensaries, liquor stores and rexall stores and banks we totally want in the plaza will probably eventually be relocated once the leases and construction ends and real entertainment options will move into the plaza. Especially considering the added density near by that phase 2 of station lands and ice district will bring.
 

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