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RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 01-06-2015

I can't remember which thread had posts about the closing of the TBS on King St E (likely by end of January).  In any event, an article in today's e-Record quotes a spokesperson of the owner as saying they already have "a tenant" for the space and that they have a couple of months of work to get it ready for the tenant.  At 16,000 sq ft, with a basement, what's it going to be?  A huge new microbrewery/pub?  A supermarket?  A decent LCBO?  A guy can always dream..... Smile .  I still think it would make a good location for a Giant Tiger.

http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5245249-downtown-kitchener-s-bargain-store-closing-its-doors/


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 01-11-2015

We'll have to wait to find out, but two Downtown merchants have told me (unhappily) that they have heard that the new tenant for the TBS space will be a high tech company.

I really need to start an "Unconfirmed Rumours" thread....


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - TMKM94 - 01-11-2015

That's unfortunate, im glad another high tech company is possibly opening in Downtown Kitchener, but that is such a wasteful location for an office.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - BuildingScout - 01-12-2015

There's a lot of available commercial space in downtown, so no biggie. In fact I'd rather we first increase the employee and resident count, and then let the businesses follow.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 01-12-2015

I'd rather not lose prime retail space to offices, but it seems inevitable.  I admit that I can't see anyone taking up 16,000 sq ft for retail in the near future. 


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Spokes - 01-13-2015

(01-11-2015, 04:29 PM)panamaniac Wrote: We'll have to wait to find out, but two Downtown merchants have told me (unhappily) that they have heard that the new tenant for the TBS space will be a high tech company.  

I really need to start an "Unconfirmed Rumours" thread....

Was their unhappiness because it's another tech company or just a tech company in THAT location?


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - panamaniac - 01-13-2015

(01-13-2015, 08:00 AM)Spokes Wrote:
(01-11-2015, 04:29 PM)panamaniac Wrote: We'll have to wait to find out, but two Downtown merchants have told me (unhappily) that they have heard that the new tenant for the TBS space will be a high tech company.  

I really need to start an "Unconfirmed Rumours" thread....

Was their unhappiness because it's another tech company or just a tech company in THAT location?

It was the "loss" of a retail location on King St that they regretted. 


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Viewfromthe42 - 01-13-2015

Long street fronts occupied by opaque businesses ruins walking areas. If it weren't for the LCBO, the stretch of King in UpTown South of Starbucks wouldn't get any foot traffic, because the street fronting businesses there deaden the area. When they are on non-ground-level floors, leaving pedestrian level for interactive and engaging street fronts, this is not an issue. If you look south on King from this location, it is an expansion of an already large dead zone, soon approaching an area that will only further divide pedestrians to those starting and staying either north or south of Frederick. Very sad, actually.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - schooner77 - 01-13-2015

Opaque businesses...? Really? A retirement home, funeral home and brewery. Leave one building, head for the other and celebrate with the wake with the product of the third. Business that is pedestrian friendly will come, when the demand brings it, not the other way around. I think you'll see that section of King change in the next few years, with the development of the Brick property and the expansion of residential spots in the immediate area. I don't think it's sad, it's part of the natural way of development.


RE: General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours - Viewfromthe42 - 01-13-2015

I am definitely not saying that pedestrian experiences are great on King south of William, I meant that absent the LCBO, pedestrian activity would drop as of the Starbucks. Definitely you can make easier cases when there's tons of demand, but at the same time, there's not a bunch of pedestrian demand around any of the Momentum properties, but they are starting to create it. The occupants of their buildings, safe Mambella's, also don't generate traffic, but those businesses can change as habits do, unlike something like the design of the Kaufman lofts, which will likely always be a poor pedestrian experience. But in the time being, walking in front of any Momentum building, even if I would never have reason to go into Waterloo Networking's office, is much more pleasant.