Under-construction Tsawwassen mega-mall hooks major retail anchor

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Frank OBrien

Outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops will open a 145,000-square-foot outlet, joining Walmart and Rona as anchors, in the giant shopping centre complex being developed in South Delta.

The Tsawwassen First Nation joined with development partners Ivanhoe Cambridge and Property Development Group January 24 to mark the start of construction as well as announce larger tenants for two malls scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.

U.S.-based Bass Pro Shops will be one of 16 anchor tenants for Ivanhoe Cambridge’s Tsawwassen Mills, a 1.2 million-square-foot mall at Highway 17 and 52nd Street. It is the first B.C. outlet for the outdoor retailer.

Names of other anchor tenants for Tsawwassen Mills were not released, although developers say they will be a unique mix of premier fashion brands and factory outlets.

The mall, modeled after CrossIron Mills in Calgary, will also include an 11,000-square-foot food court.

Property Development Group, which is building the 550,000-square-foot Tsawwassen Commons adjacent to Tsawwassen Mills, introduced Walmart (108,000 square feet) and Rona (44,000 square feet) as anchor tenants.

Together, the malls will be the second-largest shopping centre in B.C.

Daniel Fournier, chair and CEO of Ivanhoe Cambridge, said his company’s $600 million commitment shows they are in this for the long-term.

He said up to 4,500 construction jobs would be created at the mall development’s peak, while 3,000 permanent jobs will be available at the mall, which will incorporate Coast Salish artwork and design components.

“And let me be clear – it’s full speed ahead,” he said. “Get ready for a shopping experience like you’ve never seen before.”

The shopping centres are being built on TFN land under a 100-year lease agreement.

The Western Investor

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