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A quick checkup on Mic Mac Mall following up on earlier Mic Mac post
Construction continues on Target who is targeting an October Opening
While inside ToysRUs its empty but no activity yet so XXI Forever (Forever 21) earliest opening would likely be December
Crescent is getting a new store on the main floor
and Justice has opened and is very bright and sparkly
also on the 1st floor there is a Target training suite for their new employee brain washing
Behind the bus terminal in Portland Hills the complex there is filling up Que Tal Mexican is open and Finnbars and Sameday Dry Cleaning are prepping to open
While down in Woodlawn things are looking bleak
The Simmons Mattress Gallery is still empty (originally built as a Kenny Rogers)
The Harveys is still a shell and Quiznos has gone away and Penningtons moved over to Tacoma
and yesterday Hamachi Grill on Portland closed
but not far away Roccos is adding a patio which I am hoping has a good view of the DMV Motorcycle test circle
and down the highway the new plaza at Pleasant & The Circ is coming along Starbucks Drive Thru has signage in place but I wonder what the takeout window on the other side is for as I understood Mary Browns and Pizzatown were going in but neither of those are take out window places.
and at Kings Wharf , Just Us is getting ready for their new home
The plaza on Young St across the street from SuperStore is starting to empty out as the brown paper and everything must go in the windows indicate
wonder where what will happen to the rest that Telus/GBS is usually busy and what about Michaels?
Hydrostone’s have a new tenant
This door window lets me know where I can get my Helly Hansen overstocks once the Burnside store closes
The writing on the windows tell meChaaBaa Thai in Bedford is getting ready to go
This window shows me they are open for business
Well no hiding what ‘s going behind these windows
and last the overcast Sunnyside Mall this place is in rough shape
I took a look around Bedford today, Larry Uteck is booming Son Vida & Hamachi Vida, Ontario chains Pizza Pizza and Coffee Culture. A new Shoppers, Sobeys, Good Life, Fast Fuel and lots more popping up. Over at Bedford Commons from the WalMart that opened a couple years ago, now there is a new Canadian Tire, Wicker Emporium, FuturesShop, SportsBox a specialty sports themed barber for guys and Sharky’s a specialty hair cutting place for kids, A PetSmart is to open this fall and of course in both areas there is a shiny new Tim Hortons.
Down on Bedford Highway it’s a slightly different story there are still plenty of businesses but there are also lots of available spaces and inside Sunnyside Mall there is a slew of open retail space the mall is at least 1/3 open, same over at Bedford Place Mall but there are renovation plans over there to herald in the arrival of Target next year. There was a bright spot I really like the redevelopment of 1248 Bedford Hwy and the new Bicycles Plus location really great job. The abandoned Wendys really leaves a bad mark on the look of the neighbourhood.
That’s the problem for every new store that is opening in Larry Uteck and Bedford Commons there seems to be an equal amount of square footage in traditional Bedford.
On September 11 1962 at 9:30am the Halifax Shopping Centre, Anchored by Eatons, Sobeys and Kresge’s the was the largest covered shopping centre in the Maritimes, Bayers Rd and Dartmouth Shopping Centre had already brought the suburban shopping centre to HRM but this was the latest and greatest
Eaton’s had applied to build the mall on the 20 acre piece of land in 1956 but the ground wasn’t broken until early 1961.
Sobeys. Reitmans, Martinizing Dry Cleaning, Lawtons, Royal Bank and Birks have been tenants since the day the doors opened. In addition there has been a Bowling Alley in the basement.
Over the years the mall has expanded and changed, in 1989 the mall changed from it’s original L shape to a complete rectangle adding a second floor food court. After the collapse of Canadian icon Eaton’s in 1999 Halifax Shopping Centre acquired the Sears store across the street, Sears then moved into the vacated Eaton’s in the main mall and the old Sears was redeveloped into a new Annex featuring Sobeys, WalMart, Winners and Sears Outlet, and developed a couple strip malls on the edge of the property, as well as a free Standing BMO and McDonalds. In 2007 the Shopping Centre went and redesigned the interior to give a fresh look. Halifax Shopping Centre completed the acquisition of the remaining West End Mall , renaming it the Mumford Professional Centre. In addition Halifax Shopping has a series of leased offices that hey have attached to their various buildings during renovations.
In the last year there has been quite a change in stores and seems to be targeting a higher end client the first Atlantic locations of Apple Store, Victoria Secret/PINK, Sephora, Hollister & Little Burgundy all opening recently. It looks like Halifax Shopping Centre is gearing up for another 50 years. Though it’s a shame that they don’t appear to be having any 50 year celebration , I guess it would make them not seem as hip. Those long tenants deserve a gift though.
Bonus: Then and Now
great photos from Stephen Archibald @Cove17 circa 1965
Today that awesome diamond wall is gone
But the wavy awnings have survived for 50 Years
EDIT: I stand corrected HRM ends roughly at Fox Point Rd so everything after the Trellis is actually in Lunenburg County
Hubbards on the edge of HRM has quite a few cottages and is close to many great beaches and a great place to go for a drive or a close spot to go stay overnight
A bizarre development home of Hubbards Landing Steak & Seafood Restaurant with Conveience store, across the parking lot i s some services including Touch of Class Hairstyling but the weird prt is right beside is equally designed buildings that are residential duplexes right in the parking lot
A little further down the road is Ida’s tourist trap of trinkets and sea glass but a popular stop for the Highway 3 traveler
Shore Club still rocking out every summer Saturday night since 1946, a night out at the Shore Club is a great experience I haven’t done it in 15 years but just writing this makes me want to go again. When there isn’t a late night dance there is Lobsters Suppers Thu-Sun located right at Hubbards Beach
Continuing on to the Trellis cafe with yummy food …. and live folksy music …., next door is for the love of Daisy, holistic Pet Foods and accesories, another hwy 3 Gift Shoppe is Michael and Tony’s and the ubiquitous Hwy 3 antique shop Mother Hubbards Cupboard
the next stop on the highway is the Hubbards Barn & Community Park home of the Hubbards Farmers Market which operates May to October and has Food and crafts to keep you content, When the Barn isn’t hosting the market it can be rented out and they even show movies in the summer
Then we have the Rural strip mall, up front Hubbards Hair design and the Home Hardware the centre piece of small town Canada in the back mall you have Scotiabank, and Save Easy and an NSLC which establishes a small town in NS as fancy.
There is also the 4 way stop pizzeria and a V&S that has things! I mean it has things what more can you need, and rounding it off is Whims an ice cream/used paperback store. Across the street is a giant new PharamaSave which seems to be quite common across
populated Rural NS.
go another 100 feet and you are out of the HRM and into Lunenburg County, so depending how you look at it, the Pharmasave is the first or last place you can spend money in the HRM
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