Outlet Collection Winnipeg at SEASONS, Opening Day – May 3, 2017

Ivanhoé Cambridge opens outlet mall in Winnipeg (BNN – Business News Network)

Claude Sirois, president of retail at Ivanhoé Cambridge, joins BNN for a look at why the real estate giant decided to open its newest location in Winnipeg and how it’s combating the growing threat of Amazon.

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Manitoba’s First Outlet Mall Opens to Shoppers (ChrisD – Winnipeg News)

WINNIPEG — With the final signage secured on its large exterior, Outlet Collection Winnipeg is now open for business.

Manitoba’s only dedicated outlet shopping centre is a first for the local retail landscape, boasting 400,000-square-feet of discount fashion items and other wares at the corner of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway.

The shopping centre opened Wednesday morning amid a ceremony with dignitaries, including Mayor Brian Bowman and Premier Brian Pallister.

“The opening of our Outlet Collection Winnipeg marks the cornerstone element in realizing the vision for the overall Seasons mixed-use development. Featuring many exciting retail, residential, hotel and entertainment offerings, Seasons will quickly become Winnipeg’s ‘go-to’ lifestyle destination,” said Blair Forster, president of Forster Projects. Read More…

Outlet Collection Winnipeg celebrates its grand opening (Press Release)

Winnipeggers are invited to vote for a charity to receive $10,000

Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 3, 2017Outlet Collection Winnipeg officially opened its doors at 10 a.m. today to excited visitors from all over the region. The only outlet retail experience in Manitoba, and pre-certified LEED®, will offer up to 100 banners, including 30 first-to-market brands in Manitoba.

Among those in attendance at the grand opening event were Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, City of Winnipeg Councillor Marty Morantz, and senior representatives of Ivanhoé Cambridge, Harvard Developments and Forster Projects. The event was also attended by a large crowd of enthusiastic shoppers who began lining up early in the morning to take advantage of special grand opening giveaways, contests and sales.

“Outlet Collection Winnipeg will meet and exceed the expectations of shoppers in Winnipeg and will become a popular tourist attraction,” said Claude Sirois, President, Retail, at Ivanhoé Cambridge. “We are now bringing our signature customer experience to this great city and we look forward to playing an important role in the community.”

“The opening of our Outlet Collection Winnipeg marks the cornerstone element in realizing the vision for the overall Seasons mixed-use development. Featuring many exciting retail, residential, hotel and entertainment offerings, Seasons will quickly become Winnipeg’s ‘go-to’ lifestyle destination,” said Blair Forster, President, Forster Projects. Read More…

Building a retail destination (Winnipeg Free Press)

NEW OUTLET MALL WILL HELP PUT CITY ON MAP, DEVELOPER CLAIMS

For longtime Winnipeggers, here are two words not historically familiar in the local lexicon: destination city.

Rather, Winnipeggers were the travellers for decades; to other cities to shop, see major sporting events or visit world-class tourist attractions.

But that long-held frame of mind is being challenged, tourism and business leaders contend. And the latest example might be a giant outlet mall that offers bargain clothing.

At 10 a.m. today, the doors to Outlet Collection Winnipeg will swing open, providing the first glimpse at the 400,000-square-foot, $200-million facility that will feature 100 retailers.

The mall will be the centrepiece of a development that will also include a four-star, 127-room hotel, two car dealerships, a 400-unit apartment complex and an assisted-living seniors complex at Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway.

The outlet mall will be located directly across from Ikea, the much-heralded furniture mega store that opened in November 2012 and has since drawn 7.3 million visitors and counting.

The two properties, located at the south end of the city, are expected to be a “super regional draw” that will lure in tourist and shoppers from a seven-hour drive radius, project developers say. That includes northwestern Ontario, eastern Saskatchewan and even the northern U.S.

“There will be people who come from six to seven hours away to shop in these kind of areas because it’s the closest of this type of thing,” said Veronica Eno, development manager for Seasons, which is overseeing the 117-acre development. Read More…

Seasons signal a shift in retail (Winnipeg Free Press)

OUTLET MALL ANCHORING HIGH-DENSITY MIXED USE, RESIDENTIAL PROJECT

On a retail landscape dotted with vacant big box stores, languishing malls, and growing competition online, developers need to find new angles to make their projects stand out.

So when the people behind the soon to be open 400,000-square-foot outlet mall at the corner of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway had an opportunity to enter the Winnipeg marketplace, they took a fresh approach to the role a shopping centre can play in the community.

Blair Forster is the development manager of the 117-acre Seasons site north of Sterling Lyon between Kenaston and McCreary Road and president of Forster Projects, one half of the duo building the mixed-use destination centre.

Saskatchewan-based Forster Projects and Harvard Developments Inc. — equal partners in the project — purchased the former CN rail intermodal terminal about four years ago. Read More…

Construction in Overdrive at Outlet Collection Winnipeg (ChrisD – Winnipeg News)

WINNIPEG — The province’s first dedicated outlet shopping centre is just under two weeks away from opening its doors to eager shoppers.

Outlet Collection Winnipeg, in the city’s southwest, will boast 400,000-square feet with up to 100 retailers under its roof.

DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, F21 Red, Saks OFF 5TH, Old Navy, Nike and Winners are the six anchor tenants previously announced to bolster the centre’s retail offerings. Read More…

First wave of 45 retailers announced for $200-M outlet mall set to open in May (Winnipeg Free Press)

SHOPPING CENTRE LOOKING TO HIRE 1,000 PEOPLE

With its grand opening on May 3 looming, the retailers at Outlet Collection Winnipeg have lots to do between now and then.

Among other things, they need to hire about 1,000 people.  To help accomplish that, they’ve booked a ballroom at the Delta Hotel (now officially called the Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg) on the weekend of March 25 and 26 to hold a job fair.

A total of 45 of the retailers will be on hand at the event, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., accepting job applications. Located at the corner of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway, the $200 million Outlet Collection Winnipeg is being billed as central Canada’s only dedicated outlet shopping centre.

The 400,000-square-feet retail development will include as many as 100 retailers featuring six anchor tenants. It has confirmed the first group of 45 retailers, about half of which will opening for the first time in the Winnipeg market. Among the stores Winnipeg shoppers will experience for the first time here are Sak’s Off Fifth, Banana Republic Factory Store, Guess Outlet and Levi’s Outlet stores.

Developers have already created about 400 construction jobs and more than 1,300 full-time and part-time retail jobs will need to be filled before the stores open later this spring.

“Outlet Collection Winnipeg will be a unique place to shop and to work,” said Dimitrios Cotsianis, general manager of Outlet Collection Winnipeg. “We are very excited to provide our tenants with the opportunity to meet with potential candidates as hundreds of positions are filled.” Read More…

Outlet Collection Winnipeg Grand Opening is May 3 (Press Release)

Job fair to be held March 25 and 26; more than 1,000 positions to fill 45 retailers announced; more than half making their market entry

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Central Canada’s only dedicated outlet shopping centre will celebrate its public grand opening on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Outlet Collection Winnipeg will feature 400,000 ft² (37,160 m2) of retail space and as many as 100 retailers, providing a new level of shopping experience that will cater to all tastes and budgets. Overall, more than 1,300 full- and part-time retail jobs and 400 construction related jobs will have been created by the project.An Outlet Collection Winnipeg job fair with 45 participating retailers will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, 2017, at Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg to help fill the first 1,000 positions.

“Outlet Collection Winnipeg will be a unique place to shop and to work,” said Dimitrios Cotsianis, General Manager, Outlet Collection Winnipeg. “We are very excited to provide our tenants with the opportunity to meet with potential candidates as hundreds of positions are filled.”

Outlet Collection Winnipeg also confirms the first group of 45 retailers below with as many as half of them new brands in the Manitoba market. Outlet Collection Winnipeg will also feature six anchor tenants, including Saks OFF 5TH, Old Navy, F21 Red, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse and Winners.

“Job creation is the backbone of every economy and we are proud that the significant investment we and our partners have made in Winnipeg has translated into thousands of construction and retail employment opportunities for its residents,” commented Blair Forster, President, Forster Projects. Read More…

Research & Forecast Report – Winnipeg Retail (Colliers International)

Year in Review 2016

Excerpt…Outlet Collection Opening in Spring 2017

The long anticipated arrival of a true outlet mall in the Winnipeg market has many Winnipeggers eagerly awaiting the opening of the Outlet Collection Winnipeg which is set to open its doors in the spring of 2017. The enclosed mall is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Cambridge, Forster Projects and Harvard Developments and will feature over 100 outlet brands in 400,000 square feet of leasable space. A number of new to market brands should be expected as part of the development with Saks Off 5th (the discount branch of Saks Fifth Avenue), Designer Shoe Warehouse, J. Crew and Brooks Brothers amongst the new brands that are confirmed to be joining the Outlet Collection Winnipeg. Look for more announcements on this development in early 2017.

The mall will be anchoring the mixed use development on the north side of Sterling Lyon Parkway with a variety of commercial uses being a part of the sites development. The areas surrounding the enclosed mall including pad sites and new CRU space is being developed by Forster Projects and Harvard Developments with a 127 room $35 million Hilton Garden Inn currently under construction as well as a variety of multi-family residential units. Audi and Porsche dealerships are also set to open on site in 2017. IHOP restaurants will be bringing its first restaurant in the Winnipeg market to a pad site and Dairy Queen has finished construction on a stand alone restaurant. Read More…

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