Kingsway undergoes $60M makeover
Published: 29 August 2007 3:14 pm
Kingsway Garden Mall is getting a $60-million makeover to brighten the look, inside and out.
"We'll strip out all of the old flooring, ceilings and lighting," general manager Brad Merchant said today.
New carpets, tile and paint will be in livelier colours. Lighting levels will be raised by up to 400 per cent, but electricity use is expected to fall through more efficient fixtures, lamps and computer controls.
The mall will save another $200,000 in annual electricity costs through improved heating and cooling systems, Merchant said.
Outside, "the most dramatic change will be on the west side and the west entrance," facing the parking lot, he said.
Cladding and glass on the 31-year-old mall will be replaced to achieve "a sophisticated, urban look," Merchant said. "It will give the west side a true retail identity."
With so many condominiums being built downtown and in nearby neighbourhoods, "we are starting to see more stylish, fashion-forward customers," he said.
Exterior work will start next spring or summer.
All interior work is being done at night, with protective dust curtains. After morning clean-up, "there is no evidence of construction," Merchant said.
To recruit people amid the labour shortage, workers were offered a schedule of just four night shifts per week.
The mall now is almost fully occupied. No store closures are anticipated during the renovation, Merchant said, although "over the next two years we will see some impressive new additions, upsizings and downsizings, and relocations."
The renovation, scheduled for completion in 2009, will not change the mall's total size.
Kingsway Garden Mall, at Kingsway and 109th Street, is owned by Oxford Property Group. The project architect is Cohos Evamy Integrated Design. Ledcor is the general contractor.
The mall has more than 200 services and stores including The Bay, Sears and Zellers. It attracts 10 million shoppers annually.
© Edmonton Journal 2007