Winnipeg’s new retail district is expected to open this week and feature about 80 stores, according to the city’s planning department.
That’s down from the original planned number of 130, and a drop of almost 40 per cent since October.
City manager Dave Gagnon said that was because the number of stores was scaled back from the citywide plan and it was too soon to make an announcement on the new retail area.
Gagnons office said the city is planning to have the first retail outlets open in early 2019, followed by more stores in the 2020s and the 2030s.
“We’re actually getting a bit closer,” Gagns office said.
“There’s a lot of people looking at this.
We’re hoping to get some information from the planning department by the end of the year.”
Gagn says there’s no timetable for when the first stores would open.
“I think it’s a bit of a slow moving process.
We have to work with the Planning department to sort of figure out exactly what’s the best way to move forward,” he said.
Winnipeg is planning a number of other retail areas in the city including a small-format store at a vacant building near the intersection of Highway 11 and Main Street, which Gagn said could open in 2018.
“It’s a nice opportunity to have a smaller store in a neighbourhood that’s growing in size,” he explained.
Winnipeg will also be expanding the city park, which is currently only open during public holidays and the city has said it would consider allowing the city to open a dedicated day-use area at a later date.