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Shops at Waterloo Town Square
Shops at Waterloo Town Square

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(10-05-2014, 11:37 AM)Section ThirtyOne Wrote: I was taken by surprise yesterday, to find that a Rogers store has opened in The Shops. It is in a unit facing Willis Way, perhaps one of the units which was previously occupied by the interior design store?

Although not a corporate store, it appears they handle all Rogers services. Handy for Rogers customers to have an outlet Uptown.
Is that the right and best place for a cell phone store? Willis Way typically had more higher end, one-of-a-kind retailers along it. Seems like something that would belong inside the mall.
It does, but if a retailer like that is willing to show that they can succeed in an urban storefront, all the power to them IMO

I'm all for independent shops, but for Uptown to be truly successful we need a mix of the 'big names' and core services for people that actually live here too.
The big names show confidence in the urban cores. The independent stores will always be there
As big names begin to show confidence in Uptown, an important thing will be the progressive addition of net new retail space, so that the independents don't ultimately get forced out by rising rents.
I was thinking the same thing as I hit send. The only downfall with chains coming to down is that they can outprice small shops
For small shops to survive, they also need to think about image. Take Queen West - lots of independent and niche stores, but the signs are cheap and the buildings need to have about a century's worth of Toronto powerwashed off of them. Call me fickle, but a poorly presented storefront is a turn-off.
I agree wholeheartedly! Thats why I've always been such a supporter of Kitchener's Facade Grant Program
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