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Westmount Mall
Westmount Mall.JPG
Location 785 Wonderland Rd S London, Ontario, Canada
Opening date 1973
Developer Sifton Properties
Management Bentall Retail Services
No. of stores and services 65
No. of anchor tenants 4
No. of floors 2
Website Westmount Shopping Centre

Westmount Shopping Centre or also referred to as Westmount Mall is a shopping centre located in London, Ontario. It is located at 785 Wonderland Road South at the northwest corner of Wonderland Road and Viscount Road.

History[edit]

Westmount Mall's first phase opened originally in 1971 with 15 stores.

In 1973, the mall expanded and became fully enclosed with about 50 additional retailers, with Horizon as the main anchor.

In 1978, Horizon was closed and converted into an Eaton's department store.

Expansion[edit]

The mall was completely rebuilt as a two storey mall, with underground parking and over 160 retailers. Construction began in 1987 and was finished in 1989.

By 1999, Eaton's was closed due to bankruptcy and subsequently converted into a Sears department store.

Downturn[edit]

By the early 2000s, however, Westmount's fortunes experienced a slump. The vacancy rate in the mall took a sharp increase as 40 stores slowly left the mall.

Future[edit]

In March 2010, the London Health Science Centre announced that, pending final approval from the Ministry of Health, it would open a 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) kidney dialysis centre in the mall in the summer of 2011. This new centre will replace two of the four existing dialysis centres in London. The London Health Science Centre selected the mall over two other competing locations in the city's core. The London Health Science Centre cited the mall's free parking, proximity to the 401 and 402, and shopping and entertainment facilities, as key factors in its decision.[1]

In March 2010, Bentall LP, the mall's owner, applied to the city for approval to demolish 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) of floorspace to make room for parking.

Due to the demolition plans and rent increases, tenants either relocated within the mall or left the mall entirely. The mall plans to begin demolition in the summer and complete its changes by the end of 2010. The mall's second floor is to be used for office space and medical clinics.[2] The mall will be without a food court for 18 months.[3]

In October 2012, it was announced that the Metro store would be closing as of December 8, 2012 due to declining profitability. Over 60 employees will lose their jobs. The grocery store was one of Westmount's original tenants dating back to the opening of the mall in the early 1970s.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norman De Bolo (2010-03-12). "Kidney dialysis centre set for Westmount mall". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  2. ^ Norman De Bolo (2010-03-12). "Tenants displaced by mall demolition". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  3. ^ Norman De Bolo (2010-03-15). "Tenants angered by rent hike, demolition, at Westmount mall". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  4. ^ Chip Martin (2012-10-12). "Metro grocery store closing at London's Westmount Shopping Centre cuts 61 jobs". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 

Coordinates: 43°56′53″N 81°17′31″W / 43.948°N 81.292°W / 43.948; -81.292


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Am980 London News

Am980 London News
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:14:32 -0700

By the end of next week, all of London's Target stores will have shut their doors for good. Staff at Target's Westmount Mall location have confirmed the store will officially close next Saturday, April 4th. Officials announced on Tuesday the Masonville ...

London Free Press

London Free Press
Mon, 18 May 2015 17:11:15 -0700

The two London Targets in Masonville Place and Westmount Mall are not on the Canadian Tire or Walmart list of acquisitions. Lowe's hasn't disclosed which Target stores it is buying. Target has reportedly returned the leases on 55 of its stores ...

CTV News

CTV News
Tue, 13 May 2014 16:55:33 -0700

London police say one male youth was transported to hospital and another arrested after reports of a stabbing at Westmount Mall. Officers were called to the shopping centre at 785 Wonderland Road South just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. A male youth was ...

Am980 London News

Am980 London News
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:27:42 -0700

The location at Masonville Place will close its doors for good as of April 2nd. Target released an updated list of store closure dates on Tuesday. Thirty-two locations will shutter for good on April 2nd alongside the Masonville store, 23 will close on ...
 
MetroNews Canada
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:03:45 -0800

Reports that Westmount Shopping Centre is “dead” and “desolate” are hoghwash, says the mall's general manager. Twitter hummed Thursday with Londoners weighing in on an article on the website bestchoicereviews.org that paced the mall as No. 9 on a ...

OurWindsor.ca

OurWindsor.ca
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:26:15 -0700

“Certainly in London, Westmount Mall probably faces the biggest challenge. They have a mall anchored by Sears and Target at opposite ends of the mall. What do you do for traffic now?” said Peter Whatmore, senior vice-president and executive managing ...
 
London Community News
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:52:30 -0800

She took that passion and used it to craft a downtown arts festival a couple of years ago before following that up with a four-day fest this past spring that was held at Westmount Mall. That passion flourishes in her latest venture, an artisans centre ...

Am980 London News

Am980 London News
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:38:51 -0800

Target announced Thursday morning it will discontinue operating stores in Canada, a market that it entered only two years ago. The U.S. based retail company currently has 133 Canadian locations and 17,600 employees across the country. That includes two ...
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