Friday, November 16, 2012

Marshalls Comes to Polo Park

Marshalls Comes to Polo Park North

The Seasons of Tuxedo is probably kicking themselves that phase 3 of their development won't be happening till later next year. There are several new malls that are competing with the large Kenaston development including the Polo North on the old Winnipeg Arena lands.

Until now, Polo North has mostly been about offices the CJOB and  Western Financial Group and their consolidation for multiple offices around town. CJOB grabbed up old CKY's building and studio and the rest of the development was slated for the space from the cleared arena.

A three story mixes use office and retail complex of 210,000 square feet has been under construction for some time. The facility will have Polo Park's first underground parking. The Western Financial Group will occupy all of the second and third stories and have a 4000 square foot window on the main floor.

The announcement that an Asian food grocery was to be on the site died a quiet death for unknown reasons.

Shindico announced today that Marshalls will open next year in 28,000 square feet of space right beside Silver City. The discount apparel maker is sister company to Winners and Home Sense. It will be the first location outside of Ontario for the U.S. based company to locate a store.

Marshalls has been on the list of retailers many Winnipeggers have wanted for fashion clothing over the years.

It joins in recent months, the arrival of Victoria Secret at Polo Park and the return of the Bombay store after an absence of a number of years. Slated to open soon is Suzy Shier, Swimco and Sirens, the last spaces to be filled before this Christmas season in the mall.

There are two more stores coming to Polo North in the next months. Without doubt there is a rush to try and nail down the best sores because of competition with Seasons of Tuxedo, the new development of the stadium site, Westport Festival and the expected announcement of Winnipeg's first factory outlet mall.

Expect more big announcements shortly.


Anonymous said...

Marshalls entry into Winnipeg won't be adding much to the scene since it is exactly like Winners, right down to the same corporate parent. It will be the same kind of pretend competition like there is between Future Shop and Best Buy.

John Dobbin said...

Anon: I am not enough of an expert on Marshalls and Winners to say for sure the difference is. However, in the U.S., there is a difference between T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.

T.J. Maxx carries more jewelry and accessories. Winners would appear to be modelled on this format.

Marshalls seems more about clothes and footware.

As far as Future Shop and Best Buy go, the difference is once place is commission sales where you can haggle price and the other is hourly staff. Besides commission sales, Future shop also says appliances and now furniture as well.

Anonymous said...

I disagree Marshalls is quite a bit different from my standpoint as I am 6'7" tall and they have a big and tall section unlike Winner's