South Edmonton Common
|South Edmonton Common|
|• Administrative body||Edmonton City Council|
|• Councillors||Kerry Diotte|
|Elevation||682 m (2,238 ft)|
South Edmonton Common is Canada's largest retail power centre, and when fully developed, it will spread over 320 acres (130 ha) and contain some 2,300,000 square feet (210,000 m2) of retail space, making it the largest open-air retail development in North America. It is located in south Edmonton, Alberta at 23 Avenue NW and Gateway Boulevard.
This Common has a large base of tenants that provide many various goods and services. Grocery stores, restaurants, clothing, electronics and more can be found within many of the stores. The Commons extends from 23 Avenue south to the south end of Anthony Henday Drive, and from Gateway Boulevard east to Parsons Road, where the Edmonton Research Park is located. The first tenant in the Commons was Home Depot, which opened in April 1998.
Store openings and closures
Hartco Income fund, the company that owns Compusmart, began shutting down its 15 Compusmart locations in May 2007. Originally, the South Edmonton Common location was not one of the first five to be shut down; however, it was quickly sold as well. As of August 2007, the location is currently occupied by Laptop Depot.
On November 7, 2007, the newest Wal-Mart Supercentre opened on the south end of South Edmonton Common, replacing the former retail location at Parsons Road and 21 Avenue.
The Wal-Mart Supercentre has a full indoor garden centre, a fully serviced grocery store including meat, produce, bakery and floral. All former services such as McDonald's, optometrists, photo finishing and portrait studio are available at the new location, along with a Tim Hortons located in the building, which brings a total of three Tim Hortons locations to South Edmonton Common.
On September 19, 2008, the Edmonton Journal reported Future Shop would be opening its largest store in Canada at 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2). The location of the store is between Cineplex Odeon and Wal-Mart Supercentre. Unlike traditional Future Shops, this new Future Shop is expected to carry things from appliances, computers, games, movies, exercise equipment, musical instruments and home automation equipment. It opened its doors on December 5, 2008. While Future Shop is owned by the same parent company as Best Buy, they feel it will not cause issues because they have different banners and are designed to appeal to different demographics.
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- South Edmonton Common - About
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