Major new retail development in Grand Falls-Windsor

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The president of the Econo-Malls Management Corporation says the name of a major new retail development project in Grand Falls-Windsor is only a tentative one - the "Queensway Shopping Centre" - but whatever it's called in the end means jobs, consumer interest and a hefty economic boost for the central region.

Robert Wiseman was in Grand Falls-Windsor Monday to unveil the concept drawing of the complex, situated in the Queensway Industrial Park.

Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Al Hawkins (left) is one of many in the town pleased with the new major retail development announced by Robert Wiseman, president of Econo-Malls Management Corp. The company bought 35 acres of land at the Queensway Industrial Par

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The president of the Econo-Malls Management Corporation says the name of a major new retail development project in Grand Falls-Windsor is only a tentative one - the "Queensway Shopping Centre" - but whatever it's called in the end means jobs, consumer interest and a hefty economic boost for the central region.

Robert Wiseman was in Grand Falls-Windsor Monday to unveil the concept drawing of the complex, situated in the Queensway Industrial Park.

The company had been leasing 35 acres of land for years from the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor with an intent to attract businesses there. Now Econo-Malls has bought the property outright for a sum that neither Wiseman nor Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Al Hawkins would specify, only to say the amount was seven figures.

"The idea behind the project is to address an essential need in the Grand Falls-Windsor area for additional retail," said Wiseman. "We are the owners of the Exploits Valley Mall and we have a very large demand for space. Our mall is essentially full right now and we have about 10,000 feet more in offers for existing space than we have space available."

He added the shopping centre project has been a long time in coming.

The company has been working with the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor for many years, starting as far back as the days when Walwin Blackmore was the town's mayor. The concept drawing of the development depicts an area of approximately 175,000 square feet - the current size of the Exploits Valley Mall - and would be anchored by a large mass merchandiser and between 10 and 12 smaller stores in the 2,000-5,000 square foot range. An extensive marketing campaign for the centre was scheduled to start today and Econo-Mall's first big launch will happen at the Montreal shopping centre convention in June.

To attract business to the centre, Wiseman explained the key is getting a major retailer first; smaller businesses tend to tie themselves to that retailer.

"We have several (retailers) that we're working with right now," he said.

"There was absolutely a depressed retail situation here, meaning there was a lot more demand than there is product. We are actively pursuing people in food, furniture, home and hardware, and in office supplies as well as mass marketing."

While the biggest retailer in the Exploits Valley is currently Wal-Mart, the major retailer for the Queensway centre may well be a different business.

However, Wiseman emphasized the new centre will attract many consumers to the Grand Falls-Windsor region, create jobs for the contractors needed to build the structures at the site and at the businesses that will need employees.

Organizations: Town of Grand Falls-Windsor, Econo-Malls Management, Queensway Shopping Centre Wal-Mart

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, Grand Falls, Queensway Industrial Park Montreal Windsor

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  • winnie
    February 18, 2011 - 18:39

    this will be a great in grandfalls nl. cant wait for the openin g of the new mall. would anyone know if there will be a shoppers drugmart in there. tkswinnie

  • Peter
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    This is an incredibly good peice of news for the central region. This type of developments creates huge employment opportunities, tax revenues etc. it enhances the portfolio of Grand Falls-Windsor and makes the town considerably more attractive to potential new residents and businesses. The town needs this type of devlopment to survive in the future. This is private industry working hand in hand with both Municipal and Provincial Government to enhance the lifestyle of the population. What is incredible to conceive is that people have the narrow mindedness to complain. The sad thing is, all of the posters that have made negative comments on this site are probably the first in line at the grand openings, grubby little hands out, looking for any freebie or cut price items they can get their hands on. As for John from NL's comment....put your money where your big mouth is, anti up (as Mr Wiseman has done) and work with the town of Grand Falls-Windsor to make your dream a reality. I am sure the that most of us would love to see another private development in the town. But...alas...sad fact I would suspect, your whining attitude far outweighs your bank account! Good luck Econo Malls with your project, and, when you get your stores open, I will be proud to support you by shopping in them.

  • Nota Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Just think, Mayor Woodrow French of Conception Bay South... all of this and more could have been yours.

  • Blair
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    What Mike said

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    WoW! I know that I am not the first to commment on the posts that The Telegram allows, but it has reached the point of insanity. All people are doing is complaining about the same issues over and over again - STOP - In an area which lost it's only major employer to be able to rebound with new development which equals new employment + new tax revenue ... they should be appauded. The sooner that people realize that the economy in this province is ever changing - away from the fishery - which is not profitable - towards innovation, the better off they will be. Whatever field you are in - if you are not happy, not making enough money(or haven't in years), don't see a future, too smart/stupid - find something else - it is what everyone has to do. If people spent as much time trying to fix the problems instead of just complaining - this would be a much nicer place to live. (end of rant)

  • RS
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Thumbs up for economic development, but big box stores and urban sprawl is a terrible thing.

  • Joy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Anything that lets me avoid having to spend a king's ransome to fuel up my car so I can go and pick up a few groceries and a few other necessities is a bonus, I say. And besides, the big boxes employ local people. Why should I line the pockets of people in Big City if now the stores will be in or near my community?
    I aggre with poster number one.... CBS is missing out - BIG TIME.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    How often are we going to be fooled by pretty drawings! There is nothing concrete here - only a picture and a promise. Maybe that should be councils slogan. We are selling vacant land to a company that has shown no success in developing it - what makes it work now? It's clear that they have only been blocking development to favour the mall property. Why is the sale amount not disclosed? More secrets!

    Here's another news story for you - I am developing a 35 story office complex on Main St. I am HOPING to attract a major tentant like General Motors, Microsoft, or General Electric. There will also be a hockey rink and I HOPE to have the Maple Leafs as the home team. When do I get my picture in the paper with the mayor?

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Looks like beautiful downtown... Scarberia. Most other municipalities are trying to ESCAPE the ugly planning and architectural disasters of the 1970s, not replicate them.

  • Jordan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    This is great news for the Grand Falls-Windsor region.

  • Peter
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    This is an incredibly good peice of news for the central region. This type of developments creates huge employment opportunities, tax revenues etc. it enhances the portfolio of Grand Falls-Windsor and makes the town considerably more attractive to potential new residents and businesses. The town needs this type of devlopment to survive in the future. This is private industry working hand in hand with both Municipal and Provincial Government to enhance the lifestyle of the population. What is incredible to conceive is that people have the narrow mindedness to complain. The sad thing is, all of the posters that have made negative comments on this site are probably the first in line at the grand openings, grubby little hands out, looking for any freebie or cut price items they can get their hands on. As for John from NL's comment....put your money where your big mouth is, anti up (as Mr Wiseman has done) and work with the town of Grand Falls-Windsor to make your dream a reality. I am sure the that most of us would love to see another private development in the town. But...alas...sad fact I would suspect, your whining attitude far outweighs your bank account! Good luck Econo Malls with your project, and, when you get your stores open, I will be proud to support you by shopping in them.

  • Nota Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Just think, Mayor Woodrow French of Conception Bay South... all of this and more could have been yours.

  • Blair
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    What Mike said

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    WoW! I know that I am not the first to commment on the posts that The Telegram allows, but it has reached the point of insanity. All people are doing is complaining about the same issues over and over again - STOP - In an area which lost it's only major employer to be able to rebound with new development which equals new employment + new tax revenue ... they should be appauded. The sooner that people realize that the economy in this province is ever changing - away from the fishery - which is not profitable - towards innovation, the better off they will be. Whatever field you are in - if you are not happy, not making enough money(or haven't in years), don't see a future, too smart/stupid - find something else - it is what everyone has to do. If people spent as much time trying to fix the problems instead of just complaining - this would be a much nicer place to live. (end of rant)

  • RS
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Thumbs up for economic development, but big box stores and urban sprawl is a terrible thing.

  • Joy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Anything that lets me avoid having to spend a king's ransome to fuel up my car so I can go and pick up a few groceries and a few other necessities is a bonus, I say. And besides, the big boxes employ local people. Why should I line the pockets of people in Big City if now the stores will be in or near my community?
    I aggre with poster number one.... CBS is missing out - BIG TIME.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    How often are we going to be fooled by pretty drawings! There is nothing concrete here - only a picture and a promise. Maybe that should be councils slogan. We are selling vacant land to a company that has shown no success in developing it - what makes it work now? It's clear that they have only been blocking development to favour the mall property. Why is the sale amount not disclosed? More secrets!

    Here's another news story for you - I am developing a 35 story office complex on Main St. I am HOPING to attract a major tentant like General Motors, Microsoft, or General Electric. There will also be a hockey rink and I HOPE to have the Maple Leafs as the home team. When do I get my picture in the paper with the mayor?

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Looks like beautiful downtown... Scarberia. Most other municipalities are trying to ESCAPE the ugly planning and architectural disasters of the 1970s, not replicate them.

  • Jordan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    This is great news for the Grand Falls-Windsor region.