Ma­jor mall ex­pan­sion

Land­mark re­tailer is com­ing soon to Rich­mond Hill

Richmond Hill Post - - Neigh­bour­hood News - by Bree Rody-Man­tha

Con­struc­tion has re­cently be­gun on Rich­mond Hill’s Hill­crest Mall in front of the Bay — and though the mall is mum on which stores are com­ing to town, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from high-end sports re­tailer Sport­ing Life have said that the store will be ar­riv­ing at Hill­crest in 2016.

The re­tailer opened its first lo­ca­tion in mid­town Toronto in 1979 and has since grown to reach var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the prov­ince.

The an­nounce­ment of its ex­pan­sion into Rich­mond Hill was timed up with the an­nounce­ment that it would be part­ner­ing with Alpine On­tario Alpin on a five-year spon­sor­ship con­tract.

John Roe, Sport­ing Life di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing, said that the ex­pan­sion will help the re­tailer reach skiers across the prov­ince. “We be­lieve in get­ting be­hind our ini­tia­tives and do­ing them right, [such as] open­ing a new store,” said Roe.

Sport­ing Life re­ports that its new lo­ca­tion will con­tain 32,000 square feet of re­tail space — which is sup­ported by an ap­pli­ca­tion made last year by Hill­crest to the Town of Rich­mond Hill, which re­quested a site plan amend­ment to per­mit a 40,300-square-foot ex­pan­sion. The plan, ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion, is to con­sol­i­date the two Bay stores into one en­larged unit and re­con­fig­ure the south end of the mall.

Sev­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives from owner Ox­ford Prop­er­ties Group stated that they were un­able to com­ment on any new ten­ants.

Hill­crest spokesper­son Stairky Fok re­mained un­sure about when Sport­ing Life would be ar­riv­ing and was sur­prised to learn that Sport­ing Life had pub­li­cally an­nounced the lo­ca­tion and open­ing date on their web­site.

“I don’t know why they put it on their web­site,” said Fok. “We don’t know any dates yet — if we did, we’d put it on our web­site.” Fok said that she doesn’t ex­pect man­age­ment to have de­tails for sev­eral months. “Right now the Bay [south lo­ca­tion] is open and every­thing is go­ing on as usual.”

But Sport­ing Life re­mains adamant that they are com­ing. “I can say that this lo­ca­tion is con­firmed,” said mar­ket­ing man­ager An­gela Es­guerra.

Sport­ing Life says it will be com­ing to Hill­crest, but the mall is still silent

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