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By ETHAN FAHEY
If you build it, they will come.
At least that’s what Lord Mayor David Eke is hoping when it comes to the new $200-million outlet mall being built in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The hope is to turn the corner of Glendale Avenue and Taylor Road into Niagara’s new shopping mecca with a new state-of-the-art, $178-million, 520,000-square-foot, open-air Outlet Collection at Niagara.
“The complex will create a new tourism gateway and become a major tourist destination for Niagara,” says Eke. “We are very excited about this project and look forward to the completion of the first phase in May 2014.”
Built by Ivanhoe Cambridge, the mall will have its grand opening on May 15, 2014. Ivanhoe Cambridge also owns and manages other malls across the country, including Vaughn Mills Mall.
Across from White Oaks Resort and Spa, the mall will be the largest of its kind in Canada, with roughly 100 stores.
Some companies already confirming are Banana Republic, Bench Outlet, Brooks Brothers Outlet, Calvin Klein, Gap Outlet, Izod, Michael Kors Outlet, Naturalizer, Osh Kosh, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen.
It will feature, much to the liking of outdoorsmen and fishermen, a giant 77,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shop, as well as the increasingly popular chain Forever 21.
Meaghan Kelly, 20, of Niagara Falls, says she’s really excited about the line up of stores that the new mall will feature. “I love Forever 21 and Banana Republic! Goodbye paycheques!”
The outlet complex is expected to generate roughly 1,500 full-time and part-time jobs.
The mall is an open-air concept. To get from one store to another you will have to walk outside under a protective awning, which will be less than ideal while shopping throughout the winter.
The goal is to have fewer Canadian shoppers crossing the border to spend money in the United States. This new outlet mall certainly has the potential to do so, but the question is, will it?
“I’m worried that I’m not going to be able to afford anything there. They are mostly high-end stores going in, it seems,” says Damian Van Der Klugt, 16, of Niagara Falls. “I don’t just go over the river for their selection; I do it for the low prices too.”