The shopping mall – at least the west end of it – will soon have a sleek new look, a facelift the Standard-Freeholder was given a preview of, courtesy of an artist’s rendition provided by Groupe Quint, the new owner of the mall.
Groupe Quint vice-president of development, Marc-Andre Berube, provided a graphic of the company’s proposed new look for the mall, and it’s definitely eye-catching compared to the current exterior of the building.
“It’s our promotional rendering to show what we will be doing with Cornwall Square,” Berube said.
Much of the Cornwall Square exterior has had the same general look since it was constructed over four decades ago, in the late 1970s.
Late last week, Groupe Quint executive director Melissa Boyer told the newspaper about the Montreal-based property development and management company’s plans to give the building a fresh look later this year, and she confirmed that one of the stores moving into the west-end space formerly occupied by the Sears Outlet store would be Urban Planet, once it relocates from Eastcourt Mall.
“It’s a priority for us to fill the empty space,” Boyer said. “The intention is to fill the space quickly. . . we own a lot of malls in Quebec, we have a lot of connections and we’re good at what we do.”
It was early last fall when Partners Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) announced it had sold Cornwall Square for $8.4 million. Groupe Quint officially acquired the property in December.
Ian Quint, the new owner’s president, told the Seaway News earlier this week the company has been trying to entice a grocery store to return to the mall, but that so far none have indicated any interest.