New Horizon Mall will be 50% leased with addition of family entertainment centre

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WATCH ABOVE: (Oct. 23, 2019) The developers of the mostly vacant New Horizon Mall held a meeting with tenants on Oct. 23. As Doug Vaessen reports, the meeting gave tenants an opportunity to voice concerns – Oct 23, 2019

The New Horizon Mall just north of Calgary says it will finally exceed 50 per cent retail tenant occupation nearly two years after opening thanks to the addition of a family entertainment centre called Sky Castle.

Rendering of Sky Castle play place at New Horizon Mall. Credit: Sky Castle

The mall says the new tenant will open in the fall with about 3,100 square metres (34,000 square feet) under a long-term lease with attractions including a climbing zone, little kids mini-town, rides and interactive games.

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Unlike most shopping centres in Canada, about 70 per cent of New Horizon Mall‘s retail space has been sold to individual investors who have the option of leasing to others or operating their spaces themselves.

It was built as an Asian-style bazaar by the same developers that built Toronto’s Pacific Mall.

It began allowing tenants to set up their small shops in May 2018 but only nine of its 517 spaces were actually occupied four months later. Leasing has continued to be slow despite incentives by the mall and the individual store owners.

A few shoppers browse the sprawling New Horizon Mall in Calgary on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

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The mall says signing its third anchor tenant means about 86 per cent of the space it retained ownership of will be occupied.

With more than 100 stores open, it says about 53 per cent of New Horizon Mall’s total 18,950 square metres (205,000 square feet) will be leased.

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“There was a lot of interest in this space from many different organizations but we wanted a strong anchor tenant that will attract shoppers and families and we are ecstatic to have Sky Castle on board,” said Ross Cannata of New Horizon Mall Inc.

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The other anchor tenants are Prairie Horizon Fresh Market and The Best Shop department store.

New Horizon Mall in Balzac. Jill Croteau

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