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…

East Regina is in line for an eight-screen cinema complex (LeaderPost)

Calgary-based Landmark Cinemas Canada and local partners Forster Projects and Harvard Developments said Thursday they hope to have the 880-seat complex open for the spring of 2018.

It will be part of the 750,000 square-foot Aurora retail-restaurant complex being developed by the two local firms on the southwest corner of the intersection of Victoria Avenue East and the new Regina Bypass. Read More…

Landmark Cinemas Canada, Forster Projects Inc. and Harvard Developments Inc. announce new premium movie theatre in Regina; opening Spring of 2018 (Press Release)

Forster Projects Inc. (Forster) and Harvard Developments Inc. (Harvard), Regina-based real estate development partners, are pleased to announce that Landmark Cinemas Canada (Landmark) will bring its premium-powered recliner seating movie-going experience to Aurora, Regina’s newest regional retail site located in East Regina.

“We are honoured to have Landmark Cinemas, a leading Canadian movie exhibition company, choose Aurora as its first location to open in the Regina marketplace. Scheduled for a Spring of 2018 opening, this new to market tenant reinforces our commitment to deliver a unique experience to the residents of Regina and region, making Aurora a premier shopping destination,” said Blair Forster, President, Forster Projects. Read More…

Westerra unveils plans for Horizons commercial development (You’re Home Magazine)

The creation of the Westerra neighbourhood all began with a plan – the City of Regina’s Official Community Plan (OCP) that is. As the City was developing its OCP – a long-term plan that provides direction for managing future growth, development and change in the community to a future population of 300,000 residents and beyond – real estate developers Forster Projects Inc. and Harvard Communities were using the same metrics in the planning process for the Westerra neighbourhood. Located in the west end of Regina, Westerra is a 490-acre community billed as “A New Neighbourhood: Designed Differently.”

“The guiding principle was a complete community model – a well connected neighbourhood that has a diversity of land uses and amenities that allow residents to live, work, shop and play,” said Blair Forster, president of Forster Projects. Read More…

A European invasion (Winnipeg Free Press)

…Blair Forster, president of Regina-based Forster Projects Inc., who along with Regina’s Harvard Developments and Ivanhoe Cambridge, is developing the Outlet Collection at Winnipeg factory outlet mall in southwest Winnipeg. The outlet mall, slated to open in May of next year, is the first in the city and is the anchor tenant in Harvard and Forster’s Seasons development, which includes a mix of retail, office and multi-family residential buildings.

Forster wouldn’t reveal which fashion retailers are coming to the outlet mall. Although the 385,000-square-foot outlet mall is about 50 per cent pre-leased, he said tenant names won’t be announced until shortly before the mall opens. Read More…

Living Alongside Giants (Winnipeg Free Press, Homes)

Excitement continues to mount as the new Seasons development takes shape to become a hub for commercial giants, including some entirely new names to Manitoba’s retail scene.

Nestled at the northwest corner of Sterling Lyon Parkway and Kenaston Boulevard, the conveniently located project is a joint venture of Forster Projects and Harvard Developments Inc.

The 117-acre site will be home to the much-anticipated Outlet Collection Winnipeg, developed by Ivanhoé Cambridge in partnership with Seasons. This $200 million project is expected to open in May 2017 as Winnipeg’s first true outlet destination. Katherine Roux Groleau, senior advisor for public affairs and communications with Ivanhoé Cambridge, describes the far-reaching appeal of the initiative.

“With over 400,000 square feet of pure outlet shopping experience featuring more than 100 outlet brands, Outlet Collection Winnipeg will become a retail destination of choice for value-seeking shoppers of the Greater Winnipeg area and the U.S.” she says. Read More…

Garden Inn takes root at Seasons (Winnipeg Free Press)

Work on Hilton hotel project gets underway with eye to 2017 opening

Another key piece has been added to one of the city’s most talked-about new commercial developments. Winnipeg’s SK Developments Inc. has confirmed it will build a $35-million, four-star Hilton Garden Inn on the northeast corner of the 117-acre Seasons retail/office/hotel/residential development in southwest Winnipeg. Work on the hotel project got underway Friday.

Project manager Kyle Kostenuk of Thomas Design Builders Ltd. said the 127-room, six-storey hotel is expected to open in August next year.  Although it will initially have 127 rooms, the plan is to add another 44 rooms within two years of the facility opening.

A hotel was high on the wish list for Seasons co-developers Regina-based Harvard Developments Inc. and Forster Projects Inc. Although it’s been known for some time it would be a Hilton hotel, the exact brand of Hilton and the name of the developer had not been released. Read More…

Competition brewing on coffee scene (Winnipeg Free Press)

Calgary-based chain wants to open four outlets in city

Another player is entering the highly competitive coffee-retailing market in Winnipeg.

Good Earth Coffeehouse, a Calgary-based chain with 45 locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, hopes to open as many as four coffeehouses in Winnipeg over the next two to three years, company co-founder and CEO Michael Going said.

“Once we come into a new market, we definitely open a few locations. We don’t saturate the marketplace like some other brands… but we’d certainly like to open three or four additional locations in Winnipeg over the next couple of years.”

Going said Good Earth has already finalized a deal to be one of the retail tenants in a new 15,500-square-foot, mixed-use complex that will be part of phase 1 of the 117-acre Seasons retail/office/hotel/residential development under construction on the northwest corner of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway.  Seasons, formerly know as the Outlets of Seasons, is being developed by Regina-based Harvard Developments Inc. and Forster Projects Inc. Read More…

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5TH Announces Entry Into British Columbia and Manitoba; New Locations In Quebec (Press Release)


Each Store will be the First to Open in its Market

NEW YORK, NY and TORONTO, ON (December 3, 2015) — Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Ivanhoé Cambridge announced today an agreement to bring four new Saks OFF 5TH locations to Canada. The stores, which will be the first to introduce the Saks OFF 5TH brand to their respective markets, will open in four Ivanhoé Cambridge shopping centres: Tsawwassen Mills, Outlet Collection Winnipeg, Place Ste-Foy and Montreal Eaton Centre.

Place Ste-Foy, Quebec City, QC   An upscale shopping centre situated on Laurier Boulevard in Quebec City, Place Ste-Foy is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. The 32,943 sq. ft. Saks OFF 5TH store will anchor Place Ste-Foy and will open in spring 2017.

Montreal Eaton Centre, Montreal, QC   During 2016, Montreal Eaton Centre will merge with the space currently known as Complexe Les Ailes to form a single property, and will be the future home to Montreal’s first Saks OFF 5TH store. The 44,840 sq.ft. store will open in the fall of 2018. The Montreal Eaton Centre and Complexe Les Ailes welcome a combined 34 million visitors a year.

Tsawwassen Mills, Tsawwassen, BC   Ivanhoé Cambridge’s third “Mills” project is currently under construction in Tsawwassen, BC. The 32,687 sq. ft. Saks OFF 5TH store will be one of the anchors of the 1.2 million sq.ft. Tsawwassen Mills. The store will welcome its first shoppers at the grand opening of the shopping centre in fall 2016.

Outlet Collection Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB   Slated to make its debut in spring 2017, Outlet Collection Winnipeg will be the city’s first true outlet shopping destination. The 32,191 sq. ft. Saks OFF 5TH store will anchor the property, and its opening will coincide with the launch of Outlet Collection Winnipeg. Read More…

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