A massive outlet mall is being proposed for an area beside Calaway Park just outside of Calgary’s city limits.
The RioCan/Tanger Outlets at Calaway Park will have 80 stores in nine buildings with about 350,000 square feet of retail space.
The Master Site Development Plan said the mall “will be a destination shopping centre comprised of high quality, world class retailers that offer in-season merchandise and the latest fashion trends from top brand names and designers.”
“Tanger Outlets at Calaway Park will provide retail amenities to residents of Springbank, adjacent communities within Rocky View County and across the Calgary Region and beyond,” it said. “The retail offering will complement the existing Calaway Park recreational amusement facility and expand the facility’s destination appeal as a major regional tourism attraction.
“Tanger Outlets at Calaway Park will be a thriving retail centre where people can meet and interact in a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. The fundamental design of the Outlets contemplates a unique retail concept wherein multiple stand-alone buildings will be purposefully arranged to accommodate an internal pedestrian ‘main-street’ atmosphere where patrons can stroll from one store to the other without automobile conflicts.”
It said wide, animated walkways will connect the retail stores, plazas and various pedestrian realm amenities with the goal of creating a high-quality shopping experience.
“Landscaping, lighting and street furniture will enhance the customer experience with some of the pedestrian areas being partially sheltered from the elements by overhangs or porticos.”
The retail buildings will be located within the site’s central portion with the parking areas situated along its periphery, it said.
“The buildings will include a variety of different sizes and shapes, some occupied by single tenants with others housing multiple tenants. Shops and boutiques will be interspersed with cafes and supportive services. Building heights and facades will vary and the internal pedestrian streetscape area will be animated with plazas, fountains, patios and outdoor activities,” said the master plan.
The Outlets are expected to provide jobs for approximately 1,000 employees.
“The Calaway Park site has been touted as a potential location for an outlet style shopping centre for almost 20 years,” said Michael Kehoe, an Alberta-based retail specialist with Fairfield Commercial Real Estate Inc. in Calgary. “Tanger Factory Outlet Centres Inc. with their strategic alliance with RioCan REIT, Canada’s largest retail real estate landlord, is the strongest of several outlet shopping centre developers currently looking to enter the Calgary market.
“The Calaway Park location is ideal for this type of development as the park is an established tourist destination and an landmark on the local scene. The outlet style shopping facility proposed by Tanger should capitalize on the year-round regional and international tourist traffic heading to and from the Banff/Lake Louise area, value conscious shoppers from around the greater Calgary regional district and from across Southern Alberta.”
Bob Williams, general manager of Calaway Park, said the facility will continue to operate as it has for the past 32 years.
The proposed mall is on land the park currently owns just south and east of the entertainment centre. The land will be sold to the mall developer if the proposal is successful in being approved.
“It’s interesting because if you look at research . . . when visitors visit locations the number one activity they do is shopping first and attractions second,” said Williams.
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