Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Monday, October 31, 2011
Store and Restaurant Wish List Part 2
Lowe's Home Improvement Stores
Back in July of last year, I wrote what I heard from some people was their wish list for restaurants and retailers for the city of Winnipeg.
There was as follows:
Outback (already in Alberta and in Ontario although many closed in that province in 2009) Hard Rock Cafe (in some Canadian provinces) Chili's (already in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta) Rainforest Cafe (already in Ontario) Ruby Tuesday (already in Ontario) Sweet Tomatoes
We continue to be the one gap where Lowe's has no location.
However, all is not lost. In the last couple of years we have seen locations open up for Forever 21, Apple, Sephora, Hollister, Aeropostale.
For restaurants, Famous Dave's and Woody's Barbecue are on tap. And TGI Fridays just opened at the airport with Swiss Chalet a week before.
I should point out that no other post I have written has ever come close to matching Swiss Chalet for traffic.
I think we can add a few other retailers to the list we'd like to see:
Kohl's Menard's Abercrombie and Fitch Victoria Secret Marshals Wet Seal Charlotte Russe DSW
and the one that seems so close to making an announcement:
To be fair, some of these stores don't operate any locations in Canada but it seems the big question has to be as what is taking Lowe's, Victoria Secret and H&M from coming?
Winnipeg is one of the hotter retail markets for non Canada's retailers to look at.
Part of the problem is no room in any of the big malls. Polo Park is full up. Ditto St. Vital Centre. Some older Canadian retailers have toppled like bowling pins the last few years as interlopers come in.
My guess is if Polo Park had a third floor, they'd fill that sucker in no time flat. However, how likely is that when they would have to build an addition to their parking deck. As for St. Vital, would any approval come with that traffic nightmare that is there now? Even a second deck of parking will not fix bad access off of other streets.
So, Victoria Secret and others wait with their faces pressed up against the glass to see if Polo Park will throw other tenants such as Broadway Florists under the bus to make space for them.