Those renovations you see at the mall in downtown Slave Lake are, in fact, for a new tenant. Matt Stokes, one of the owners of the mall formerly called the Sawridge Plaza, provided the details in a phone interview last week.
“It’s going to be Dollarama,” he said.
The national chain store will take up the 10,000-odd square foot space that has been under renovation for the past few weeks, just next to the No Frills.
It’s a space formerly occupied by the grocery store. No Frills will also undergo a total renovation this year, Stokes said, inside and out.
The plans don’t stop there.
“Part of our goal is to make the shopping centre look better,” Stokes said.
The focus for now is on the interior renos, so as to get the tenants (Pet Valu is the other one) into their spaces. Once that is done, the mall owners will shift their attention to the façade, landscaping and the curbs, which have been looking pretty shabby in recent years.
Pet Valu is slated to fill a space inside the mall of about 4,000 square feet.
Wonderland indoor playground will be downsized to accommodate its new neighbour.
Stokes said he and his business partner bought the mall from the Sawridge Group a couple of years ago. Their company – Town Centre Properties 2018 Inc. – has been doing similar purchases and renovations in towns around Alberta in recent years, including Ponoka and Wetaskiwin.
Stokes said securing the two new tenants has been about a two-year process.
As for the name of the mall, Stokes said it doesn’t have a formal one yet, although they are thinking about it. For now, they just refer to it as ‘The No Frills Shopping Centre.’