This week I have to start out with a large thank you!
This week marked the 5th anniversary of Halifax ReTales. Everyone who supports this venture by reading, sharing, and contributing, I thank you.
When I started it with a tweet, I thought oh maybe someday I’ll have 500 followers. Now I reach 10’s of thousand people every week. ReTales was born out of mental crisis and coming out of that I had a desire to connect positively with our great community. My hope is I have enhanced your Halifax experience even a little bit
Geebo will be opening their 3rd cell phone repair shop on Queen St in Halifax where Greenlyph/DowntownDigital where on the corner of Victoria.
Two new gas stations with coffee drive thru are coming to the inbound side of Prospect Rd one at 1656 and one at 200 (Exhibition Park). The Exhibition Park one is confirmed to have a full Tim Horton’s
The Trove is now open on Herring Cove Rd beside the Guardian Drug; this was formerly Zion’s Boutique on Williams Lake Rd. The store is filled with vintage items.
The Gap in Mic Mac closes this week.
Before we lament about the demise of Mic Mac, there is a bit of info I found out this week. It seems that the Target space is going to be converted into an Indigo and SportChek. This is very likely but at this point unconfirmed with an opening in Summer 2018.
RUMOURS I have heard, with Chapters moving to become Indigo the space Chapters is in is being converted into a restaurant, I have heard Milestone’s and Earls have both been talked too. Inside the mall, work is going to be done to all the first-floor escalators and there will be a reconfiguration. I hear the Starbucks will be shifting in centre court and eventually replaced by a full sit down cafe on the 2nd floor roughly where Ben Moss is. The food court which at one point I had heard was moving will stay where it is but get a makeover. Other stores around the mall will be shifting around and renovating as well.
Also at Mic Mac BCBGMAXAZRIA has said this week that it will be closing a significant amount of their stores worldwide. While exact stores haven’t been announced keep an eye on that one.
Hot Plate: The Sizzling Plate, is in fact closed. The space is now for lease
Dollarama in Park Lane is now open.
A&W and Pannizza will be opening in the airport before security.
American chain UBreakIFix has opened their cellphone repair shop in Bedford Commons.
Gangnam Barbeque is now open on Barrington just south of Morris in what was most recently Pars.
The lease plan for Park West Centre has been updated with the Canadian Tire gone the new plan show 4 new buildings (one I suspect is a mega Lawtons) Also in that plaza the former Brewdabakers is being renovated I hear it may be a brew pub or a private liquor store or maybe a combo of both.
An article came out this week listing the best stadium experiences in US/Canada according to a group of sports writers. Of 761 options, your Halifax Moooooseheads at Scotiabank Centre were ranked #39 overall. Making them the #2 in Canada and number #4 for hockey, Behind the Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild and (University of) Minnesota Golden Gophers you can read the top 100 here
Baba Ghanouj on Barrington is experimenting feeding the late night crowd and will stay open until 4 am on Friday and Saturday. They will be serving their full menu including all-day breakfast.
The Retail Council of Canada released a study (Dec 2016) of the top malls based on sales per square foot.The top mall in Canda is Yorkdale at $1651
only Atlantic mall in Top 30 was #26 Halifax Shopping Centre at $801 in 2015 HSC was #25 with $783
The Malls in Atlantic Canada are ranked as follows
Avalon (St.John’s) $695
Champlain (Moncton) $607
Mic Mac $592
Regent (Fredericton) $566
McAllister (Saint John) $494
and let’s round off this week with me being inspired by a snow bank