By MELISSA MELVIN LUCY A large portion of the mall in downtown Montreal was closed for more than two weeks, but its location and the mall’s name, the Glenbrook Mall, is still in play.
In its place, a small strip mall with an indoor skate rink, outdoor dining area, movie theatre and a variety of specialty shops.
The mall was opened in August 2017.
The owners say it is the only retail centre in Montreal that has been dedicated to children and families.
While some shoppers are happy to get the mall off the ground, others say the mall lacks the variety that has made it such a success in its short life.
Some of the other shops, such as a clothing boutique, lingerie store and nail salon, were left empty.
While the mall is open for business, the owners say they are working to make it as welcoming as possible for new residents and visitors.
“We have to keep people in the area as long as possible, as well as offer them a lot of things that are not only affordable, but also fun,” said Gail Koehn, the manager of the retail centre.
The plan is to reopen the mall to the public in October, but that is subject to approval by the city.
The project is part of a $1.9-billion redevelopment of the city’s downtown.
The new mall was developed in the 1960s and is known for its skate rink and ice skating rink, a restaurant and a fitness center.
It is located at the corner of Westmount Avenue and St-Laurent Boulevard, just east of the Montreal Botanical Gardens.
The Glenbrook mall is one of a handful of major redevelopment projects that have taken place in the past two years.
It will open in early 2019.
It was expected to open in 2019, but the plan was postponed in December.
The centre is expected to bring in up to 200 jobs, as the owners expect it to attract shoppers who prefer a boutique-style shopping experience over the mall.
With files from CBC Montreal and The Canadian Press