Ur­ban Planet or­bits new lo­ca­tion at Corn­wall Square

Seaway News - - NEWS SMALL BUSINESS - SHAWNA O’NEILL [email protected]

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Ur­ban Planet, which opened its doors at the East­court Mall in Oc­to­ber of 2013, is hop­ing to re­lo­cate to the Corn­wall Square within the next month.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited,” said Sara Schmidt, Store Man­ager.“We are look­ing for­ward to start­ing a new ad­ven­ture in a new lo­ca­tion…the whole team that is here will be re­lo­cat­ing with the store as well.”

“It will be nice to be lo­cated in the heart of town. Some of my man­age­ment team has worked at the Corn­wall Square in the past…I think that’s why we have such a pos­i­tive out­look about it,” added Schmidt.

Ac­cord­ing to Schmidt, the store will move into the sec­ond floor of the mall in the space that was pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Sears. Although Schmidt could not con­firm an ex­act move in or open­ing date, she is hop­ing that the process will be quick.

“(We) don’t have an of­fi­cial date but are hop­ing for the end of Jan­uary,” said Schmidt.

The store re­lo­ca­tion con­tra­dicts pre­vi­ous re­ports about the fu­ture of the old Sears por­tion of the mall. In March Corn­wall Sea­way News learned from Corn­wall Square manag­ing staff that that 96,000 sq. ft. por­tion of the mall was to be torn down for the de­vel­op­ment of a res­i­den­tial build­ing. Sim­i­larly, the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment shared a po­ten­tial con­cept ren­der­ing of what the Corn­wall Square could look like with a res­i­den­tial build­ing at the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Shop­ping Cen­tres (ICSC) in Septem­ber of 2018. These plans pre­ceded the es­ti­mated $8.4 mil­lion sale of the Corn­wall Square which was an­nounced in Oc­to­ber of 2018.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Groupe Quint, Melissa Boyer, con­firmed that Groupe Quint of­fi­cially ac­quired the Corn­wall Square on Dec. 10, 2018. She was un­able to com­ment on fu­ture plans for the prop­erty, apart from con­firm­ing the com­pany’s de­sire to oc­cupy va­cant store­fronts with new busi­nesses. The mall was pre­vi­ously owned by Part­ners REIT.

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