Chilliwack – With little fanfare, the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, the Chilliwack Mall and its owner SmartCentres unveiled one of the worst kept secrets. Chilliwack Mall, which first opened in 1981 (SmartCentres bought Chilliwack Mall in 2017), will go through ( if all goes as planned) a major upgrade and additions.
In a perfect world, proposals and applications plus public hearings could start as early as this September with a May 2021 target date to start construction. Across the street, on Luckakuck, Cottonwood Mall is already going through an overhaul with the addition of Save On Foods.
Shopping malls in today’s economy MUST adapt or go under. That has happened all too frequently in the US.
This Chilliwack Mall facelift will not be cheap – $63M.
Safeway, Winners and Sport Chek will stay. There will be new standalone buildings including moving the Liquor Store, and tearing down sections of the existing mall, for a re-jig of the existing site to accommodate Condo towers and parking.
In a nut shell: Demolition of existing Enclosed Mall (67,673 sf)
• Addition of new Multi-tenant Retail Space (47,821 sf)
• Proposed Residential: -2.63-acre residential parcel-Three 6-storey residential buildings with approximately 200+ units-Structured + at grade parking