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Flagship Potential in Montreal East…… 

A major redevelopment of the former Bay department store space at Le Boulevard is slated for 2019 completion. Le Boulevard, a 400,000 square foot enclosed mall in eastern Montreal.  The 100,000 square foot project will provide units ranging from 10,000 to 60,000 square feet for fashion uses, restaurants, fitness, home fashion, etc.  Located at the corner of Jean Talon St. and Pie IX Blvd., the Metro Plus supermarket and Canadian Tire-anchored project benefits from major exposure on Pie IX Blvd. and easy access to Hwy 40.  The intersection has over 60,000 cars per day and more than 160,000 people live within a 2.5-kilometre radius of Le Boulevard.  The mall itself has nearly eight million visitors per year.  In addition to the anchors, existing tenants include Urban Planet, Jean Coutu, SAQ, Ardène, etc. Abie Grunpspan at Crofton Moore is handling the leasing.


Crofton Moore, 5800 St. Denis St, Suite 1100, Montreal, Quebec H2S 3L5 Tel: 514/845-4500 (Abie Grunpspan - Ext 206









Several Targeted Uses for Victoria……  

Hillside Centre is a 589,000 square foot regional mall located on Shelbourne St. and Hillside Ave. in Victoria in British Columbia. The mall is anchored by Thrifty Foods, Sears and a 147,000 square foot Canadian Tire, the chain’s second largest store in Western Canada that opened last Fall, along with Marshalls, Sport Chek/Atmosphere and Shoppers Drug Mart.  Several new retailers have been added to the tenant mix over the past year including Caposhie Clothing, Murchie’s Fine Tea & Coffee, Capital City Group, Below the Belt and Labels, along with, two new food court tenants, Saigon Charbroil and Johnny Rockets. Crabtree & Evelyn will open in late Fall of 2017.  Currently, units ranging from 226 to 3127 square feet are available for quick service food, specialty food, fashion, children’s apparel, health and beauty services, and other specialty retail uses.   Hillside Centre’s trade area takes in seven communities.  Over 244,000 people are within a ten kilomretre radius and the average household income in the area is about $83,000 per year.  Charlie Hamilton, Christina Hall and Tatyanna Monkman at Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP are handling the leasing.


Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP, Suite 1800, 1055 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, British Columbia V7X 1B1  (Charlie Hamilton – 604/661-5057, (Christina Hall – 604/661-5614  & (Tatyanna Monkman – 604/915-7925










Did You Know……

There must be a Convention coming up.  That’s usually the time when my in-basket over flows with submissions and requests from landlords, brokers and agents all wanting to include their listings ‘in the next issue’.  While details on new and expanding retailers is still our first priority, this issue includes an unusual number of ‘space available’ reports.  I’m just trying to make a dent in the pile of requests.  We’ll call this one a Catch-Up Issue…………WP

After a strategic review of its portfolio, Montreal-based BTB REIT reported that it has sold the property at 665-669 Thibeau Blvd. in Trois-Rivières in Quebec. The plaza, at the corner of Mere Gamelin St., was sold for $1.825-million.  The net proceeds will be mainly allocated to fund future accretive acquisitions in its strategic markets. BTB REIT owns 71 retail, office and industrial properties in Eastern Canada for a total leasable area of more than 5.2-million square feet. (BTB REIT – 514/286-0188)…….

Last week, mattress retailer Sleep Country opened a new store at 5980 McLaughlin Rd. at Britannia Rd. West in the Heartland Town Centre in Mississauga.  It features the chain’s newest retail design and highlights the selection of sleep products including pillows, sheets, duvets, designer headboards and mattresses.  With the opening, Sleep Country now has 191 locations across Canada and 99 locations in Ontario. (Sleep Country – 416/242-4774

Earlier in September, discount retailer Giant Tiger Stores Ltd.  announced the relaunch of its menswear lines. Mountain Ridge, Rivet61, ACX Active and Tradesmax Pro lines are now available exclusively at Giant Tiger stores across Canada.  "The relaunching of our exclusive men's lines is part of the overall soft goods evolution at Giant Tiger," explains President, COO Thomas Haig. "Over a year ago, this journey in our fashion departments began in womenswear, followed by the children's department, and our customers responded favourably. Relaunching the shopping experience for men is a continuation of our retail story." Giant Tiger is a privately held company over 235 locations across Canada providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. (Giant Tiger Stores

Earlier in the week, CAA South Central Ontario, one of nine auto clubs across Canada providing roadside assistance, travel, insurance services has re-opened its store in Markham after a relocation and major renovation.  Located at 8401 Woodbine Ave., adjacent to Goemans Appliances, the new store features a home-inspired layout, video walls, digital displays, iPads and plenty of comfortable seating for customers. (CAA South Central

On September 19th, uBreakiFix opens in Barrhaven in Ottawa at 3570 Strandherd Dr. The fast-growing technology repair brand provides same-day repair service of all electronics, specializing in cell phone and computer repair at more than 330 locations in North America. This is the brand's second location in the Ottawa area, joining a store on Merivale Rd.  It is the first location for local owners Dillon Leeder and Pete Chatelain, who plan to open seven more uBreakiFix locations throughout the Ottawa area. The duo is already planning its next location for Orleans, with future stores planned for downtown Ottawa, East End, Westboro, the Glebe and Gatineau.(uBreakiFix Barrhaven – 613/319-9989…..

On Monday, Slate Retail REIT announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire West Valley Marketplace in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area for $34.5-million(US).  Located on Mill Creek Rd. in Allentown, the 268,000 square foot WalMart-anchored centre is 96 percent occupied. The transaction is ex[pected to close in the third quarter of 2017. (Slate Retail REIT – 416/644-4264)…….

Vancouver-based Minichiello Apparel Inc. has opened its apparel studio at 36 Water St. in the Gastown District of Vancouver. Cattivo Ragazzo is a luxury e-commerce brand owned by Minichiello, that combines direct measurement with the latest measurement software. Cattivo Ragazzo is positioned in the gap between the classic, expensive, brick-and-mortar, high fashion houses, and the entry level online custom suit retailers. Minichiello makes it easy for men to get exceptional value in a custom tailored suit for a look that is professional, fashionable and sophisticated. (Minichiello Apparel Inc – 604/985-9222

Specializing in the liquidation of furniture, mattresses and appliances in Quebec, Surplus RD will open its 22nd location next weekend at the Mega-Center Saint-Jérôme in St Jerome. Based in Victoriaville in Quebec, Surplus RD features and inventory consisting of products from surplus, end of lines, bankruptcies and even furniture ordered directly from the manufacturer. (Surplus RD – 819/758-2466










Starting Phase III…………

Eric Gareau of Services Immobiliers E. Gareau is responsible for the leasing of Promenades des Continents, a new development at the Hwy 15 Exit 15 in St. Jerome, a community located about 60 kilometres northwest of Montreal.  He notes that only 1400 square feet remains available in the project.   In addition to the 22,000 Buffet des Continents restaurant that opened on the site in 2014, the development includes a 13,000 square foot plaza component.  Units have recently been turned over to Starbucks and Allo Mon Coco and in early August, construction started on a Shell Gas Bar.  Another building is under construction for a 5000 square foot Fromagerie Victoria restaurant, a quick service concept that combines a sandwich, pizza, hot dog, poutine menu with a dairy counter along with cheeses and homemade products from their Victoriaville plant.  All of the tenants are scheduled to open later in the Fall.  Gareau adds that final negotiations are underway for with another restaurant chain that would open in a 5500 square foot freestanding building in Summer 2018.  With the second phase of Promenades Des Continents almost completed, the developer is about to start on the next phase, a ten-acre parcel of land where discussions are already underway with large space users requiring between 10,000 and 40,000 square feet.  When completed, Promenades Des Continents with measure almost 200,000 square feet on over 20-acres.


Services Immobiliers E. Gareau - Eric Gareau – 514/232-1686










Trendy Section of Dundas West……..  

Michael Betel and Philip Traikos of Cushman & Wakefield in Toronto are marketing for lease 5382 square feet of new retail at the base of the Nero Condos at 856 Dundas St. West in Toronto.  Situated in a trendy stretch of Dundas West at Manning Ave., the site is steps from Trinity Bellwoods park. The space offers a state-of-the-art floor to ceiling glass façade with corner exposure, and over 115 feet of Dundas St. frontage. The space Is wide and shallow, has great shipping and receiving, and is suitable for a wide variety of retail uses.

Cushman & Wakefield Ltd., 161 Bay St., Suite 1500, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1 (Philip Traikos – 416/359-2455 & (Michael Betel – 416/359-2706











In the Church-Wellesley Village Area……  

Philip Traikos and Michael Betel of Cushman & Wakefield in Toronto are marketing for least an 1882 square foot street front retail unit at 461 Church St. in Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village area. The unit has over 18 feet of frontage with large signage potential, heavy pedestrian traffic counts, and a floor plate suitable for a variety of retail uses including quick service food and restaurants.  A 985 square foot basement is included.  The site is steps from the Wellesley Subway Station and Starbucks, Second Cup, Timothy’s, Wine Rack, Freshii, etc. are in the immediate area. The unit is available immediately.

Cushman & Wakefield Ltd., 161 Bay St., Suite 1500, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1 (Philip Traikos – 416/359-2455 & (Michael Betel – 416/359-2706










In-Line in Neighbourhood Plaza……

Ali Asgary and Adam Watson at the Cushman & Wakefield offices in North Toronto are marketing for lease a 1500 square foot in-line unit in a plaza at 285 Lawson Rd. in East Toronto.  The plaza is on the southwest corner of Lawson and Centennial roads, just minutes away from Port Union/Hwy 401 interchange. The 10,000 square foot neighbourhood plaza includes Amco Petroleum, Creative Minds Montessori, etc. As a previous Insurance brokerage, the space currently consists of several office rooms, a kitchen and natural light. The plaza features several ingress/egress points and ample parking, building and pylon signage available.

Cushman & Wakefield Ltd., 3100 Steeles Ave East, Suite 1100, Markham, Ontario L3R 8T3 Tel: 416/494-9500 (Ali Asgary – & (Adam Watson -









Proposed in Woodstock……

Paul Ceresne at Choice Properties REIT is marketing for lease a proposed 15,000 square feet of retail space at the Zehrs Supermarket anchored site at 969 Dundas St. at Springbank Ave. in Woodstock in Southwestern Ontario.  The addition consists of freestanding pads of 2000 square feet, 8000 square feet and 8000 square feet each fronting on Dundas St.  The suggested uses include full service and quick service restaurants with drive-thrus as well as service, general retail and medical uses. Possession is expected for Fall 2017.  The site is in close proximity to densely populated residential and a large commercial park with a number of automotive plants.  Over 40,000 people are within a five kilometre radius and the average household income is more than $84,600 per year.  The average age is 41-years.


Choice Properties REIT, 22 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario M4T 2S5 (Paul Ceresne – 416/324-7893










Available Immediately in Kingston…..

In-line units of 2100 square feet and 4700 square feet along with a 4900 square foot end cap are available for immediate occupancy in Choice Properties REIT’s Loblaws-anchored community centre at 1100 Princess St., at Sir John A MacDonald Blvd. and Bath Rd., in Kingston in Southeastern Ontario.  The open centre is adjacent to, and shadow-anchored by, Canadian Tire. Co-tenants include Pharma Plus, Pet Valu, CIBC, TD Bank, etc.   The 163,000 square foot centre has convenient access from the major arteries and a city public transit is on-site.  The centre is within one kilometre of two high schools. Over 77,500 people in more than 37,000 households are within five kilometres.  The average age is 38-years and the average household income is in excess of $77,600 per year.  David Scorniaenchi at Choice Properties REIT is handling the leasing.

Choice Properties REIT, 22 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario M4T 2S5 (David Scorniaenchi – 647/632-3056








Limited Space on Hwy 30…….

Harden is marketing for lease the last two remaining spaces at Carrefour Brossard, a neighborhood centre at Grand-Allée Blvd. and du Quartier Blvd. just off of Hwy 30 in Montreal’s South Shore area. The in-line units, about 3000 square feet and 4400 square feet, have strong visibility on Grande Allée Blvd. Suggested uses for these spaces include professional services, sport, home décor, pet supplies, and specialty retail.  Carrefour Brossard is a Maxi-anchored open centre of approximately 107,000 square feet. It also includes Dollarama, Familiprix along with McDonald’s, Subway, Ben et Florentine, Dairy Queen, etc.  It is located at the leading edge of the ‘Sector C’ a high density residential projects with over 3750 units, housing approximately 15,000 residents. In addition, a new housing development has been approved for over 2000 new units, all in close proximity to the site. The city of Brossard has recently announced it will build an overpass over Hwy 10 to connect Quartier Dix30 to Du Quartier Blvd. in Sector C, as well as the location of the new projected light train rail station, connecting the South shore to downtown Montreal, shall be located just down the road from Carrefour Brossard. Alain Bisaillon at Harden is handling the leasing.

Harden, 324 Aime Vincent St., Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec J7V 5V5 Tel: 450/424-1101 (Alain Bisaillon - Ext 229





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