Edmonton City Centre to create new, vibrant food court as part of $41.3-million upgrade
Edmonton, November 18, 2015 – Edmonton City Centre announced today that it plans to relocate and significantly upgrade its food court as part of a $41.3-million redevelopment investment that will revitalize the entire retail experience of the downtown property. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2015. The new food court is expected to open in November 2016, and the property revitalization project will be complete by November 2017.
“Downtown Edmonton is changing and so is Edmonton City Centre,” said Olympia Trencevski,
general manager, Edmonton downtown portfolio for Oxford Properties Group. “Over 23,000 new residents are expected to be living downtown by 2019, and thousands of new office workers will occupy the new commercial office buildings currently under construction. With so much development happening all around us, we are getting ready to serve this significant new population of retail shoppers with the retail experiences that they want and expect.”
The new food court will be located centrally on the top level of the mall. The current two food courts located on the lower level will be closed and that space will be repurposed. The new food court will be modern and being on the upper floor, will take advantage of natural light, making it a more inviting place. There will also be an upgrade in vertical transportation, with the addition of a new central staircase to the new food court, as well as upgrades to escalators and elevators.
Currently, there are more than 35 active projects valued at $5 billion in downtown Edmonton, including the addition of 1.7 million square feet of Class A office space adjacent to Edmonton City Centre. The new arena for the Edmonton Oilers will bring an estimated five million spectators to the neighbourhood annually, with more than 240 event nights per year.
“The demographic of our target audience is going to change dramatically as 23,000 new residents move into the downtown by 2019, and we’re going to be ready to serve them with the right mix of retail, services and food,” said Trencevski. “The new food court will help consolidate our retail from four floors to three, and relocating the food court to the top level will improve foot traffic flow and attract new customers.”
The new food court will also serve the three Oxford-owned office towers that sit above the east retail side of Edmonton City Centre, making access to the food court easier and more attractive.
About Edmonton City Centre
Edmonton City Centre is the city’s only regional downtown shopping centre, spanning three city blocks. Anchored by a two-level Hudson’s Bay store, the centre offers a colourful and improving urban retail environment with 170 retail shops and services in 811,332 sq. ft. Over 13 kms of pedestrian walkways connect the property to five office towers, two major hotels (The Sutton and Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel) and an additional 10 million sq. ft. of downtown office space.
About Oxford Properties Group
Oxford Properties Group is a global platform for real estate investment, development and management, with over 1,750 employees and $37 billion of real assets that it manages for itself and on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Established in 1960, the company’s portfolio includes over 50 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hotel properties. Oxford is the real estate arm of the OMERS Worldwide Group of Companies. For more information about Oxford visit: www.oxfordproperties.com. For more information about OMERS visit: www.omers.com
Marketing Manager, Edmonton City Centre
Edmonton City Centre is pleased to announce the following food offerings in Elevate Food Fare:
- Edo Japan
- Shanghai 360
- Opa! of Greece
- New York Fries
- Thai Express
- Paramount Fine Foods
The Top Level also includes:
- Press’d Sandwich Company