Western Canada: BC/AB/SK/MB

CrossIron Mills shopping centre: Calgary's 'wild success'

When CrossIron Mills opened in August 2009, many people questioned whether the shopping centre on the northern outskirts of Calgary would be successful. After all, it was entering the market shortly after a vicious global financial crisis took a heavy toll on the economy. The new venture was also built in what was considered an out-of-the-way location, in Rocky View County, outside of city limits along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway.

“It’s crazy that it’s been eight years already,” says James Moller, general manager of the Ivanhoe Cambridge-owned mall. “CrossIron Mills is still a unique shopping centre in the Southern Alberta market. Branded, outlet, factory-discount stores. We’re still kind of like one of a kind. . . We’re something different that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s been a wild success story.

renx.ca

Edmonton CRE investment tops $1B so far in 2017

Edmonton is recovering from the slump that plagued Alberta the past two years according to a mid-2017 CRE investment analysis by Barclay Street Real Estate.

renx.ca

Style Q&A: New accessories brand Taikan launches in Vancouver

Taikan is a new accessories brand based in Vancouver. "Vancouver presents some interesting sartorial challenges thanks to it’s mercurial weather.

From pelting rain to blazing sunshine, the spectrum of weather locals encounter throughout the year can make dressing for the weather an interesting endeavour.

Paul Ismirnioglou wanted to make getting ready — and getting around town — just a little bit easier when he helped dream up the new accessories line Taikan.

The company’s the co-founder and brand director chatted with Postmedia News about the new range, his target customer and why the city has been such a good launch pad for the young lifestyle line.

Q. For those who aren’t familiar, what is Taikan?

A. Taikan is a group of creatives based out of Vancouver, whose sole purpose is to create desirable, quality bags and lifestyle accessories... (Q&A)

vancouversun.com

Crime takes heavy toll on small businesses in the heart of Surrey

Drug-related issues and retail theft are the top problems facing businesses in the Whalley area, according to a survey from the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.

theprovince.com

Community-oriented Denman Fitness to say farewell to West End due to redevelopment

Vancouver: Denman Fitness, located at 1731 Comox Street (just off Denman Street), has served West Enders since 1994, although the location's existence as a gym goes back even further.

The 18,000-square-foot gym is located beside the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites building, which is going to be converted into a rental tower with 316 units.

DA Architects and Planners submitted a development permit to rezone the two levels above Denman Place Mall, which affects Denman Fitness as well as Brasserie Restaurant and Comox Street Long Bar and Grill. In December 2016, the rezoning application was approved by city council.

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