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General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours
(11-08-2015, 12:32 PM)Lens Wrote: Apparently Nigel's Athletic Direct will be closing in December, citing ION construction etc.

I don't really believe so many businesses have closed their doors because of ION, I think it's marginally successful businesses with a good excuse to close.

Today we had Dim Sum at Cameron Chinese Restaurant at the corner of Charles and Cameron.  Charles is closed and a mess in from of the restaurant but, as usual, the place was packed by 11:30 AM.  Anyone who came after that had to wait for a table.

Many years ago we were at a restaurant just west of New Hamburg at the intersection of Highway 7 and Wilmot Easthope Rd.  They had all-you-could-eat fish and chips but there were few people there.  The owner mentioned that the recently passed no smoking law in Waterloo Region was really hurting their business.  She also asked that we tell all our friends about the restaurant.  When our order came I realized I had to tell my friends about the restaurant.  The fish was from frozen fish squares and the fries tasted like it was made the day before.  It was just awful.  So yes, we did tell all our friends.  We told them not to go there if they wanted good food.  

So ION or the no smoking by-law can be blamed for businesses closing but sometimes it's not the real reason.  Just sayin'.
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(11-08-2015, 12:32 PM)Lens Wrote: Apparently Nigel's Athletic Direct will be closing in December, citing ION construction etc.

I don't really believe so many businesses have closed their doors because of ION, I think it's marginally successful businesses with a good excuse to close.

Interestingly enough, I used to buy a ton of stuff at Nigel's when I was younger and he was at King Centre. I wasn't even aware he had a store at Market Square! I'll have to go and check it out before it closes. Sad
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The former Clarkes multi-modal transfer depot on Bingemans Centre Dr/Shirley Dr has seen quite a bit of grading lately...was it metrolinx that purchased the land?
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(11-09-2015, 10:57 PM)Smore Wrote: The former Clarkes multi-modal transfer depot on Bingemans Centre Dr/Shirley Dr has seen quite a bit of grading lately...was it metrolinx that purchased the land?

Yes, that's the location of a GO Transit train and bus facility, and I think it's required for the 2 more Toronto-bound trains promised for 2016.
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(11-09-2015, 05:28 PM)Section ThirtyOne Wrote:
(11-08-2015, 12:32 PM)Lens Wrote: Apparently Nigel's Athletic Direct will be closing in December, citing ION construction etc.

I don't really believe so many businesses have closed their doors because of ION, I think it's marginally successful businesses with a good excuse to close.

Interestingly enough, I used to buy a ton of stuff at Nigel's when I was younger and he was at King Centre. I wasn't even aware he had a store at Market Square! I'll have to go and check it out before it closes. Sad

I think the problem is less ION construction and more Market Square. Unless it's in the food court, or some kind of office or institutional tenant, it's hard to see anything succeed in that mall. The dead street wall was an issue before ION construction and will remain an issue after.
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(11-10-2015, 02:23 AM)dunkalunk Wrote:
(11-09-2015, 05:28 PM)Section ThirtyOne Wrote: Interestingly enough, I used to buy a ton of stuff at Nigel's when I was younger and he was at King Centre. I wasn't even aware he had a store at Market Square! I'll have to go and check it out before it closes. Sad

I think the problem is less ION construction and more Market Square. Unless it's in the food court, or some kind of office or institutional tenant, it's hard to see anything succeed in that mall. The dead street wall was an issue before ION construction and will remain an issue after.

This.  At some point we realize this place is a wasteland and needs a complete overhaul.

Set up street level retail facing out not in, and everything else office space.
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Eh, I could picture something very Eaton's Center-esque here. A nice, open mall with some outward facing retail and a tower in the middle could work well, if such a thing were possible.
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It seems straighforward to me - enclose the wells over the basement (where the Stantec 'garden' is now), and completely refurbish the ground floor with street-facing retail on the edges and some larger stores inside. With the Frederick LRT station opening, I'm sure it would do very well.
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(11-10-2015, 04:40 PM)KevinL Wrote: It seems straighforward to me - enclose the wells over the basement (where the Stantec 'garden' is now), and completely refurbish the ground floor with street-facing retail on the edges and some larger stores inside. With the Frederick LRT station opening, I'm sure it would do very well.

All great, but could they start by recladding the parking garage, which is a mess at the moment?  Hard to believe that the owner would allow it to get into that state.
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(11-10-2015, 06:37 PM)panamaniac Wrote: All great, but could they start by recladding the parking garage, which is a mess at the moment?  Hard to believe that the owner would allow it to get into that state.

Also a fine idea; no saying they can't do both.
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(11-10-2015, 07:41 PM)KevinL Wrote:
(11-10-2015, 06:37 PM)panamaniac Wrote: All great, but could they start by recladding the parking garage, which is a mess at the moment?  Hard to believe that the owner would allow it to get into that state.

Also a fine idea; no saying they can't do both.

OK.  In that case, I want them to put a couple of stories of glass on top of the Stantec office to create a bigger space and hide that side of the garage.  Smile
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Great news! A chute for demolition waste is being installed at the back of the Walper Hotel. This is it, finally! Smile

Queen St between Charles and Duke could be a very different kind of place a year from now.
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The downtown Dollarama is opening today as promised... but not until 5PM, per a sign at the door.
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(11-11-2015, 03:34 PM)KevinL Wrote: The downtown Dollarama is opening today as promised... but not until 5PM, per a sign at the door.

I passed by after the Remembrance Day ceremony, just as the sign about 5pm was put up in the door.  Much grumbling from a clutch of eager door crashers - i.e. the usual colourful Downtown characters who thought they would have something to do rather than sitting out front for a change.
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I just noticed that The Sleep Management Group store at 704 King Street West has a sign up saying they have moved to Bruce Street. This has maybe been up for a while, but I hadn't noticed the sign.

This is a snow's throw from the Midtown Lofts development (only one lot separates them, as far as I can tell), on the corner of Andrew Street. We haven't seen any rumour of a development here (something was proposed a block down at Wellington), but it seems like it would be a prime time for this to be sold, hopefully for redevelopment, if it is to be vacated. I'm curious to see what will happen here.
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