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Marshalls expanding in city

Builds second off-price store

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The 28,100-square-foot Marshalls store in Linden Ridge Shopping Centre is scheduled to open March 27.


The 28,100-square-foot Marshalls store in Linden Ridge Shopping Centre is scheduled to open March 27. Photo Store

Off-price designer-fashion specialist Marshalls is the latest big-name retailer to set up shop in the popular Kenaston-McGillivray retail node.

A 28,100-square-foot store -- the U.S. chain's second in the city -- is scheduled to open March 27 in the Linden Ridge Shopping Centre on the southeast corner of the intersection.

The new outlet will be the last of four big-box stores to open in a recently completed 87,000-sq.-ft. addition to the shopping centre. The other three are PetSmart, DollarTree and Sport Chek/Atmosphere.

The shopping centre is owned by Winnipeg-based Artis Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), and an Artis official said it had no trouble finding tenants for the new space.

"We had quite a few national retailers interested in it," said Kirsty Stevens, Artis's chief administrative officer.

Stevens said Artis has some more undeveloped land on the site, but she declined to reveal what its plans are for that.

Artis also owns land on the southwest corner of Kenaston and McGillivray, which is now home to a Cineplex VIP movie-theatre complex and a Shoppers Drug Mart store.

Stevens said there is room there for another retail pad that would be suitable for something such as a restaurant or a bank branch.

"But we have no development plans underway there at this time," she added.

Marshalls, which is owned by the same company that owns the Winners, HomeSense, TJ Maxx and StyleSense off-price retail chains, offers a wide selection of brand-name fashions, accessories and footwear at below department store prices.

The new store is roughly the same size as its store in the Polo North development at Polo Park. It opened last April, and Marshalls spokeswoman Colleen Uncao said it's doing well.

She said the success of the first store helped convince Marshalls to open a second outlet in the city. She wouldn't say if there are plans to open more, although she noted Marshalls intends to open 90 to 100 stores across the country. It currently has 27.

Uncao also wouldn't say why Marshall's chose Linden Ridge Shopping Centre for its second store, saying that information is confidential.

However, veteran retail leasing specialist Ken Yee, who is senior vice-president with the Winnipeg office of Cushman & Wakefield, said it's not surprising Artis was able to attract Marshalls and the other three big-box tenants to its new complex.

Yee said having a number of big-box stores together in a cluster can be an enticing draw for retailers, because it allows shoppers to park and shop at all the stores without moving their vehicle.

He said it also helps the Linden Ridge Shopping Centre is part of a retail node that now boasts more than 1.2 million square feet of retail space and more than $500 million a year in sales.

"So it's the cluster effect, it's the cross shopping, it's the synergy, it's being able to park your car and shop at four different stores without moving your car -- it's all of those things."

Cushman & Wakefield is the leasing agent for Kenaston Common, the big-box retail development on the northwest corner of the intersection. Yee said there is a parcel of undeveloped land in front of the Costco store that is earmarked for development.

"We could put another 40,000 square feet (of retail space) there," he said, including one 20,000 to 30,000-square-foot big-box store and a 10,000 to 20,000-sq.-ft. multi-tenant building.

"We're chasing some big boxers... and we're getting lots of action from quick-service restaurants," he added.


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Local fans of Mexican food will soon have another restaurant to check out.

The first of what could be up to five new Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants is scheduled to open early next month in a new retail complex near Polo Park.

The 5,000-sq.-ft., multi-tenant building is in the Canad Centre on the southwest corner of Ellice Avenue and Empress Street -- the same centre that already has Winners, Penningtons and Jysk as tenants.

Winnipeggers Curtis Palmer and Leo Ho, who also own several Panago Pizza franchises in the city, have the Qdoba franchise rights for Winnipeg.

Their Qdoba restaurant will be the anchor tenant in the three-tenant complex that also will include a Rogers outlet and a Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group store. The Rogers outlet is already open and the Sally store is expected to open in April, said leasing agent Rennie Zegalski of CBRE Winnipeg.

The Denver-based Qdoba chain entered the Canadian market in late 2012 with the opening of a franchise outlet in Brandon. Palmer said he and Ho have owned the franchise rights for Winnipeg for nearly two years, but had trouble finding the right location for their first restaurant.

"It had to be in a major retail area and it has to have sufficient parking," he said, noting it will be a 75-seat restaurant with a 20-seat outdoor patio area.

He said the "fast-casual" restaurant will feature freshly cooked Mexican meals that are ready within minutes.


Know of any newsworthy or interesting trends or developments in the local office, retail, or industrial real estate sectors? Let real estate reporter Murray McNeill know at the email address below, or at 204-697-7254.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 17, 2014 B4

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