O'Neill returns to guide Market Mall, guiding resurgence of northwest purchasing centre

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Paige O’Neill has spent nearly 30 years working for purchasing centres, the vast majority of that point as a advertising co-ordinator at Chinook Centre beginning in 1994, when it was a Cambridge property.

She earned helpful expertise by transfers to centres in Lethbridge, Edmonton and Richmond, B.C., earlier than returning to to Chinook — then beneath possession of Cadillac Fairview (CF), one of many largest homeowners, operators and builders of high quality workplace, retail and mixed-use properties.

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In 2010 she relocated to CF’s Market Mall as common supervisor to supervise its growth plans, however two and a half years later returned to Chinook.

At Chinook, she had benefited drastically beneath the mentorship of common supervisor Terry Napper. When he left the corporate in 2013, O’Neill was appointed to that place to guide Calgary’s largest indoor shopping center that boasts 1.38 million sq. ft of retail ground area and 5,500 free parking stalls.

A proud achievement of the girl who grew up in Moose Jaw, Sask., and attended the College of Saskatchewan, incomes levels in arts with an English main and a second BA in training, and Grant MacEwan School in Edmonton, the place she earned a diploma in promoting and public relations. She additionally obtained an actual property licence with the Calgary Actual Property Board, which she nonetheless holds.

O’Neill says her management function at Chinook Centre was thrilling and difficult, with the most important growth of 180,000 sq. ft in 2014, a completely revamped meals courtroom right into a extra fashionable eating corridor in 2018 and, in fact, throughout the large hit that each one retailers took throughout the pandemic.

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Whereas she was at Market Mall, CF employed Darren Milne, who turned its common supervisor when she returned to Chinook Centre. CF exchanged their roles nearly a 12 months in the past, so O’Neill is again within the northwest managing the 400,000 sq. ft of retail within the 900,000-square-foot Market Mall, which is having fun with an enormous resurgence in leasing exercise, serving an space that continues to develop.

O’Neill says Market Mall has turn into an amazing vacation spot for individuals concerned in and supporting all issues sports activities.

Its latest retailer is Decathlon, which opened final weekend within the former Toys ‘R Us location beside the Hudson’s Bay retailer. The family-run operation that was based in France in 1976 designs, manufactures and distributes a variety of sporting tools.

At 30,000 sq. ft, it’s rather more than a retail retailer and showrooms; it presents ski and bike upkeep, racket stringing, skate sharpening, and kayak and paddle board repairs.

The mall additionally presents Sportcheck, Canada’s greatest retailer of sporting attire and tools; Sporting Life, a frontrunner in life-style manufacturers; Mountain Warehouse; Jersey Metropolis; Athleta; Ambiance, and alongside Landmark Cinemas is the just lately opened Workforce City Sports activities. Canada’s premier retailer for staff sports activities with an emphasis on catering to group sports activities, it has a particular space referred to as Children’ Kingdom devoted to youth sports activities.

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Different sports-related newer outlets embody Nike and JD Sports activities, and O’Neill says Los Angeles-based Alo Yoga, which is planning a number of shops in Canada, will open within the mall within the New Yr.

Its meals courtroom has additionally welcomed newcomers KOR Road Meals, Don’t Yell At Me, Stuffies Pastry and Hurry Curry.

Mall leasing exercise is robust and though visitors just isn’t fairly again to pre-COVID ranges, gross sales are larger. O’Neill notes with curiosity that a lot of on-line operations are taking one other take a look at bricks and mortar, with pop-up exams in enclosed malls.

Market Mall can be benefiting from the robust space residential development, notably in College District that has a powerful retail part however can not serve all of its residents’ wants, so the mall throughout the road is most handy.

O’Neill is blissful to be again at Market Mall managing the town’s second-largest indoor purchasing expertise, with the assistance of a employees of 40 who serve greater than 200 shops and companies who imagine within the property and are eager to welcome extra advantageous retailers.


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David Parker seems recurrently within the Herald. Learn his columns on-line at calgaryherald.com/enterprise. He will be reached at 403-830-4622 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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