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Smiths Falls to lose Food Basics as RioCan closes County Fair Mall

Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 09:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca

RioCan Real Estate Trust plans to close County Fair Mall at the end of February and will demolish the property by the middle of next year, Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow informed town councillors at a meeting Monday, Nov. 7.

Tenants of the mall, located on Brockville Street, have been asked to vacate the property. Most will be gone by the end of January.

Although most businesses plan to relocate, Food Basics will be closing with the loss of eight full-time jobs. The future of Dollar Tree is uncertain.

“This news is very disappointing to Smiths Falls and the surrounding area,” said Pankow, reading a prepared news release at the meeting. “Our greatest concern is for those who are most impacted; those who will lose their jobs.”

The mayor said the town hopes to locate a developer willing to buy the property and revive the commercial enterprise. “RioCan has indicated they will proceed with demolition by mid-next year, but they have also indicated that they are open to offers,” Pankow said.

Although the mall struggled with low occupancy rates following the departure of the Target and Staples stores, the property offers high visibility and a great location, said Pankow.

Photo by: Howida Sorour-Roberts

County Fair Mall tenants looking to relocate

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 10:10 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

As almost everyone has heard by now, County Fair Mall owned by RioCan RIET on Brockville Street in Smiths Falls is closing as of January 2017.

“We have been evicted and have to be out of here by Jan.31, we received an eviction notice but no other communication, they’re being very tight lipped,” said John Condron, manager at Remedy’sRX pharmacy in the mall.

The pharmacy, like most of the other mall tenants, is looking to relocate.

“We’re moving, but have yet to find a new space. We will stay open and continue to serve our customers,” said Condron.

In the meantime, Smiths Falls is trying to work with RioCan.

“I have spoken with RioCan a number of times over the past couple of weeks but am not able to share anything right now,” said Shawn Pankow, Mayor of Smiths Falls.

Pankow says he has not been advised that the mall has been sold, only that the businesses have been told they must all leave by the end of January.

“The town has reached out to many of the tenants and has provided information on potential new locations. We keep an inventory of available commercial space in town,” said Pankow.

At least one business has found a new location and will be moving as soon as the new space is ready.

“I will be moving into town by mid-January,” said Natalia Migounova, proprietor of Perfect Fit. “I will be moving into the building next to the TD Bank and hope to keep the same phone number,” she continued.

Of particular concern for many in the community is the possible closure of Food Basics.

“We’ve been told we’ll be closing, and we’re telling customers to phone the company and express their concerns,” said a Food Basics cashier who asked not to be named.

Food Basics is, for now, continuing operations as usual until after Christmas.

Recently, we learned of the owner’s plans to demolish the mall that is home to a Food Basics location in Smiths Falls. We did not have a choice in the matter and will unfortunately have to close the store after Christmas,” said Mark Bernhardt, communications specialist, Metro.

According to Pankow, the town has reached out to Metro in an effort to work with them to relocated the Food Basics store.

Should we find a suitable location to re-open the store, we will advise the community accordingly,” said Bernhardt.

RioCan has not responded to any of Hometown News phone calls or emails.

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Posts Tagged ‘Food Basics’

Smiths Falls to lose Food Basics as RioCan closes County Fair Mall

Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 09:11 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Chris Must
chris@pdgmedia.ca

RioCan Real Estate Trust plans to close County Fair Mall at the end of February and will demolish the property by the middle of next year, Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow informed town councillors at a meeting Monday, Nov. 7.

Tenants of the mall, located on Brockville Street, have been asked to vacate the property. Most will be gone by the end of January.

Although most businesses plan to relocate, Food Basics will be closing with the loss of eight full-time jobs. The future of Dollar Tree is uncertain.

“This news is very disappointing to Smiths Falls and the surrounding area,” said Pankow, reading a prepared news release at the meeting. “Our greatest concern is for those who are most impacted; those who will lose their jobs.”

The mayor said the town hopes to locate a developer willing to buy the property and revive the commercial enterprise. “RioCan has indicated they will proceed with demolition by mid-next year, but they have also indicated that they are open to offers,” Pankow said.

Although the mall struggled with low occupancy rates following the departure of the Target and Staples stores, the property offers high visibility and a great location, said Pankow.

Photo by: Howida Sorour-Roberts

County Fair Mall tenants looking to relocate

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 10:10 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts
heddy@pdgmedia.ca

As almost everyone has heard by now, County Fair Mall owned by RioCan RIET on Brockville Street in Smiths Falls is closing as of January 2017.

“We have been evicted and have to be out of here by Jan.31, we received an eviction notice but no other communication, they’re being very tight lipped,” said John Condron, manager at Remedy’sRX pharmacy in the mall.

The pharmacy, like most of the other mall tenants, is looking to relocate.

“We’re moving, but have yet to find a new space. We will stay open and continue to serve our customers,” said Condron.

In the meantime, Smiths Falls is trying to work with RioCan.

“I have spoken with RioCan a number of times over the past couple of weeks but am not able to share anything right now,” said Shawn Pankow, Mayor of Smiths Falls.

Pankow says he has not been advised that the mall has been sold, only that the businesses have been told they must all leave by the end of January.

“The town has reached out to many of the tenants and has provided information on potential new locations. We keep an inventory of available commercial space in town,” said Pankow.

At least one business has found a new location and will be moving as soon as the new space is ready.

“I will be moving into town by mid-January,” said Natalia Migounova, proprietor of Perfect Fit. “I will be moving into the building next to the TD Bank and hope to keep the same phone number,” she continued.

Of particular concern for many in the community is the possible closure of Food Basics.

“We’ve been told we’ll be closing, and we’re telling customers to phone the company and express their concerns,” said a Food Basics cashier who asked not to be named.

Food Basics is, for now, continuing operations as usual until after Christmas.

Recently, we learned of the owner’s plans to demolish the mall that is home to a Food Basics location in Smiths Falls. We did not have a choice in the matter and will unfortunately have to close the store after Christmas,” said Mark Bernhardt, communications specialist, Metro.

According to Pankow, the town has reached out to Metro in an effort to work with them to relocated the Food Basics store.

Should we find a suitable location to re-open the store, we will advise the community accordingly,” said Bernhardt.

RioCan has not responded to any of Hometown News phone calls or emails.

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