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The Northland Village, redevelopment is part of a coming of age for Calgary’s retail sector, say officials. Illustration courtesy Primaris

Oct. 26, 2016 | Mario Toneguzzi

Rethinking retail

Calgary's collection of decades-old malls are getting much-needed facelifts

Consumer demand is driving a wave of commercial real estate development in the city with several major shopping centres poised to get major makeovers this year and next.

Deerfoot Mall in the city's northeast, as well as Northland Village Mall and Stadium Shopping Centre in the northwest, are all in the planning or development stages of redevelopment.

Michael Kehoe, an Alberta-based retail specialist with Fairfield Commercial Real Estate Inc., said the collective changes reflect landlords' attempts to breathe new life into decades-old retail hubs, of which there are plenty in the city.

Westmark Holdings general manager Paul Gerla envisions the Cooper's Town Promenade commercial area that's current being developed will be vibrant, functional open-air plaza to harmonize with existing community. Photo by Carl Patzel/For CREB®Now

Aug. 26, 2016 | Carl Patzel

Open for business

Commercial development in Airdrie steady despite downturn

Paul Gerla has long had a vision to develop a vibrant neighbourhood shopping destination in Airdrie's flourishing southwest quadrant.

And he wasn't about to let a downturn in the provincial economy distract him.

"When we evaluate a project like this, we think in terms of decades, not necessarily what's happening today," said Gerla, general manager of WestMark Holding Ltd., which is behind a new five-hectare Cooper's Town Promenade commercial district in the upscale Cooper's Crossing community.

Calgary's northwest inner-city communities are becoming much more urban and desirable, says Richard White, author of the popular blog Everyday Tourist. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Niow.

March 30, 2016 | Kathleen Renne

The next big thing

Where will Calgary's newest hot spot emerge?

People are always on the lookout for the next big thing, and that search extends to the world of real estate.

When it comes to reading the proverbial crystal ball as to which community will emerge as Calgary's next inner-city hot spot, the author of the blog The Everyday Tourist, Richard White, suggests one look north.

"The northwest inner-city communities are becoming much more urban and desirable," says White, explaining the growth of these communities has coincided with the relatively recent expansion of facilities like the Alberta Children's Hospital, the Foothills Medical Centre, SAIT and the University of Calgary campus.

Darren Kwiatkowski of Shape Properties says nearby homeowners stand to benefit from the new Deerfoot City redevelopment. Photo by Adrian Shellard/for CREB®Now

Feb. 26, 2016 | Barbara Balfour

Deerfoot City pumped as a boon for neighbours

Homeowners to benefit from redevelopment, says company behind initiative

An ambitious multi-year plan to breathe new life into Deerfoot Mall in north Calgary stands to benefit nearby homeowners in a big way, says the company behind the massive redevelopment.

In early 2016, Vancouver-based Shape Properties announced it would be transforming the decades-old property at Deerfoot Trail and 64th Avenue N.E. from a traditional closed mall into a state-of-the-art open shopping centre dubbed Deerfoot City, complete with everything from a restaurant campus to style district.

"For local property owners, Deerfoot City is nothing but a good story," said Shape Properties executive vice-president Darren Kwiatkowski, whose company purchased the site from Ivanhoe Cambridge in 2011 for a reported $78 million.
A rendering of the proposed central plaza in Bragg Creek that's part of a plan to revitalize the hamlet. Illustration courtesy Cal Srigley.

Feb. 05, 2016 | Lindsay Holden

New life for Bragg Creek

Plan is expected to provide more housing diversity, increase tourism options

A plan approved by Rocky View County late last year to rebuild Bragg Creek after the 2013 flood will also lift a 20-year building ban on the community and is expected to transform the hamlet from a through-point to Kananaskis with a mature population into a vibrant business community with young residents.

Long favoured by day-trippers, Bragg Creek has seen little change in decades due to the lack of water and wastewater infrastructure to support new residents. Under the new plan, the hamlet will encourage flood-resilient design, including homes raised on piles, roadways with permeable surfaces, and rustic themed landscaping that conceals structural dykes.

"The Hamlet of Bragg Creek is envisioned to be a vibrant commercial core that attracts residents and visitors, a thriving residential community, and a country atmosphere that is in harmony with the natural environment," said Amy Zaluski, acting policy supervisor in the planning department at Rocky View County.


Feb. 03, 2016 | CREBNow

Developers submit Stadium Shopping Centre proposal

Redevelopment is being envisioned as a 800,840-square-foot mixed-use hub.

Marshall Tittemore Architects (MTa) confirmed it has submitted a development permit application for the redevelopment of the Stadium Shopping Centre that would create a proposed 800,840-square-foot mixed-use hub in Calgary's northwest.

Over the past nine months, MTA has been working in collaboration with current shopping centre owner Western Securities, as well as Stuart Olsen on the proposed development.

"MTa is excited to continue its support to the entire team in professing this proposed development in the near future, transforming this area into a social diverse mixed-use urban environment," the company said in a release.

Town of Cochrane economic development officer Robert Kalinovich and economic development manager Mike Korman hand out Proudly Cochrane reusable shopping bags at a local grocery store. Photo courtesy Town of Cochrane.

Dec. 02, 2015 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Cochrane unveils shop local initiative

Designed to promote sustainable community

The Town of Cochrane has launched a new campaign that encourages residents to shop local and support the community as a place to live, work and play.

Dubbed Proudly Cochrane, the initiative is designed to highlight the shopping opportunities that exist within the town of more than 20,000 residents, said economic development manager Mike Korman.

"It's really about being proud to come home from wherever we work and to shop at the local stores – (to) just sort of create a little buzz," he said, noting the campaign is supported through the hashtag #shopcochrane on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as via testimonials at


Nov. 13, 2015 | Cody Stuart

Development plans revealed for Trinity Hills

New vision for Paskapoo Slopes area

A controversial mixed-use project slated for west Calgary has revealed its development plan.

Located along the Trans-Canada Highway, Trinity Hills would bring 700,000 square feet of retail space, 250,000 square feet of office space along with 1,500 residential units to the East Paskapoo Slopes area adjoining Canada Olympic Park.

The plans for site, which had been met with fears of over-development from some local residents, calls for nearly three million square feet in total development which would consume roughly one-third of the existing green space.


Aug. 31, 2015 | Cody Stuart

5 things about Calgary's retail offerings

Canadian Tire's decision to open a new location in the Beltline marks the latest in a series of announcements where major retailers are refocusing on the Calgary market. And while past once confined to the suburbs, this new round of retailer interest is bringing their offerings to new and once unconventional neighbourhoods.

CREB®Now takes a look at five of the latest announcements.

Canadian Tire:
Formerly accessible only to those willing to hop in the car, Canadian Tire will be bringing its wide range of automotive, sports and leisure and home products to the newly redeveloped 90,000-square-foot, three-storey Mount Royal Village building at 8th Street and 16th Avenue S.W. Scheduled to open in "about" two years, the Canadian Tire Express store will be similar to one in midtown Toronto, which offers about a quarter of the goods available in the retailer's largest stores.


Oct. 29, 2014 | CREBNow

Retail emerging

Shopping communities within communities popping up all over Calgary

All over Calgary, a trend has begun.

Communities that once would've used a simple strip mall to provide residents with amenities are increasingly turning retail offerings into miniature town centres, plazas and High Streets, creating communities within communities.

Brookfield Residential recently announced its southeast community of Seton would be throwing their hat in the power strip pile, with plans for more than 800,000 square feet of retail space.

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