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Gateway Park/Sportsworld Retail Area
(08-18-2015, 10:28 PM)The85 Wrote: On the 4505 King website, they cite being on one of the roads in the region with the highest traffic counts (over 35,000 daily). The sad thing I'm afraid is the vast majority of traffic in this area on King Street and Highway 8 is just passing through to get to the 401 or connect Kitchener and Cambridge. Once the MTO moves closer to build the south-west ramp from Highway 8 to the 401, it will unfortunately remove a lot of the traffic between KW and London/Windsor off King Street. I didn't think of this when I started the thread, but this will be another blow to the area's future retail base. Add to this the rapidly changing format of brick and mortar retail.

Losing traffic that's just passing through isn't a big loss. Such automobile traffic never really stops, I understand. I suspect that area just isn't really well located for retail.
Being across from Tu-Lane is actually quite good at capturing traffic that's passing through; pretty much everyone returning to Preston has to go past it, either along King or turning off of Tu-Lane. The only way to avoid it is going on the highway.
Sportsworld Crossing has been sold.

I wonder if the new owners will resume building.

Speaking of which, there's another new building going up at the Lulu's site. No idea if they have tenants in mind. I hope so; the office/retail buildings at the northwest corner of Deer Ridge and King are still empty. (Maybe if they'd built them to face the road...)
I noticed that project a couple weeks back but forgot to post, looks like a 4 story office building.

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