Though there has been some interest in the empty storefronts at Town ‘n’ Country Mall, the property’s owners are still seeking retailers to fill them.
© Justin Crann
The closure of anchor store Zellers — slated to shut the doors March 16 — has some tenants in Town 'n' Country Mall concerned, but Retrocom REIT president and CEO Richard Michaeloff is seeking to allay their fears.
“We have interest from a number of potential tenants, although we are not in the position to provide specific details,” said Sandra Kaiser, a spokesperson for the property owner, Retrocom REIT.
According to Kaiser, the “comings and goings of tenants is part of the natural cycle for shopping centres, including this property. We believe we will be able to attract a good mix of new tenants to the mall.”
But retailers who remain in Town ‘n’ Country Mall continue to deal with the impact of losing several stores, including Zellers, which closed in March.
“The walk-ins have slowed down since Zellers closed,” said Marcie Frank, manager of Ultracuts. “It is a bit of a concern for us ... but we’re still happy with what we have.”
For many of the mall’s businesses, the majority of business has been self-generated — with most customers coming in to visit a specific store.
“I thought when Zellers closed, our business would decrease, but it really didn’t,” said Nicole Fritzke, manager of Steady Goods. “We get a lot of people coming in just for our store. ... It could be busier, but what can you do?”
Fritzke said Steady Goods had considered relocating outside of the mall, but nothing had come of the discussions.
Darcy McDonald, with Zeke’s Jewellers, said he is optimistic about the future of the mall.
“Zeke’s has been holding its own. We’ve been here 20 years, so people know us,” he said, adding that the mall is in the process of opening another business that will “probably help the traffic flow.”
“I’m remaining positive and looking forward to the future,” McDonald added. “I think it will be good.”