Green­tree Mall not for sale, will un­dergo en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Kyle Smylie

The for­mer Drumheller Coop food store and ad­join­ing mall on High­way 10 East will re­main va­cant with no ma­jor plans for de­mo­li­tion or at­tract­ing new ten­ants, as the build­ing was not dis­cussed at Westview Co-op’s an­nual meet­ing last week.

The mall, which saw its last ten­ants leave ear­lier this year, was closed af­ter Westview Co-op de­cided the sig­nif­i­cant losses in op­er­at­ing the build­ing was not sus­tain­able.

Westview Co-op Gen­eral Man­ager Den­nis Laing says the build­ing is cur­rently not up for sale and the Co-op has not made a de­ci­sion on whether to de­mol­ish the mall or find an­other op­tion. He says the Coop be­lieves there are no buy­ers in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing the prop­erty.

“I don’t be­lieve there is any­one out there who would be will­ing to pay what we would need for it, and to me the land un­der­neath it is more valu­able. We wouldn’t be able to part with the land,” he said.

Green­tree Mall had op­er­ated at that lo­ca­tion since the late 1970s but be­gan see­ing ten­ants leave and a de­cline in foot traf­fic. When the Drumheller Co-op closed in early 2017, the mall saw an ex­o­dus of store own­ers and the last ones left this spring. At the time, Westview Co-op said the mall was op­er­at­ing at a yearly loss of $500,000. While no de­ci­sion was made of what to do with the prop­erty at Westview’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, Laing says the Coop will be hav­ing a haz­ardous ma­te­rial as­sess­ment on the build­ing and a de­ci­sion will be made once all en­vi­ron­men­tal work has been com­pleted.

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Green­tree Mall’s last ten­ants moved out ear­lier this year.

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