Kildonan Place Shopping Centre customers will get their first real glimpse of what life after Target will look like when the first of a bevy of new replacement tenants opens for business in the spring.
Marshalls and HomeSense, which are both owned by TJX Companies Inc., are opening a new 45,000-square-foot superstore in the former Target department store space April 18.
Kildonan Place general manager Sandra Hagenaars said the two sister companies are among 11 new tenants that will be opening in the redeveloped Target space. The space had been vacant since since 2015 when the U.S.-based retail giant announced it was withdrawing from the Canadian market.
Hagenaars said about 102,000 of the 120,000 square feet of space has been earmarked for retail and service-oriented tenants. Most of the other 18,000 square feet is being converted into mall common area and other public spaces, including some new washrooms. A small portion is being turned into loading docks for the new tenants.
She said 92 per cent of the 102,000 square feet has now been leased. However, Marshalls and HomeSense are the only two tenants who have given the shopping centre permission to release their names.
"We are working with all of our new tenants to plan announcements and opening dates and will share that information as we are able," she added. "But the plan is that the vast majority of that new wing should be open by this summer."
Marshalls will occupy about 24,000 square feet in the new superstore, and HomeSense will have the remaining 21,000 square feet.
Hagenaars said two of the other nine tenants in the wing will also be larger retail outlets similar in size to the Marshalls and HomeSense stores. The remaining seven will be smaller outlets of varying sizes.
She said landing strong retail brands such as Marshalls and HomeSense was a real coup for the shopping centre.
"They’ve got a lot of drawing power, and with Marshalls and HomeSense you’re covering a really wide range of people’s needs," she said. "You’ve got your full family-fashion offering with Marshalls... and HomeSense can answer all of the stuff you need for your family and your home."
A spokeswoman for TJX Canada said the company is excited to be launching its new superstore in Winnipeg.
"We know that our customers are smart shoppers who seek stylish merchandise, and we’re excited to provide them with incredible deals on high-quality, in-season, designer pieces," Libby Stunt said in an email.
Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) revealed last March that site drawings Kildonan Place submitted to the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee showed Marshalls, HomeSense and H&M would all be moving into the former Target space. However, Kildonan Place officials said at the time those were just conceptional drawings, and no lease agreements had been signed with any new prospective tenants.
It wasn’t until later in the year mall officials finally confirmed Marshalls and HomeSense would be coming. But even as late as Thursday, Hagenaars was refusing to say if H&M is one of the other retailers that will be moving into the new wing.
She noted the former Target space isn’t the only area in the mall that’s getting new tenants. West 49 and Cutting Edge Cutlery Co. are also opening stores elsewhere in the mall in the coming months. A new stand-alone MasterMind Toys store is also under construction in the southwest corner of the shopping centre property.
She said once all of the new stores are open, "we’re going to have a very small vacancy rate. We’re going to be in a good position."
Kildonan Place is managed by Primaris Management Inc., which is a division of H&R REIT.