Ivanhoé Cambridge announced today a $44-million redevelopment to revitalize Carrefour de l’Estrie in Sherbrooke.
This investment will contribute to the modernization of the shopping centre. Retail space left vacant since Target’s departure will be reconfigured. In the near future, Carrefour de l’Estrie will accommodate new tenants and restaurants. A new main entrance will also be built in the eastern section of the centre, adjoining the food court.
“Carrefour de l’Estrie has a dominant position in the region, and we’re very pleased to invest in its modernization,” said Claude Sirois, President, Ivanhoé Cambridge Retail. “This initiative is part of our strategy of injecting capital into our shopping centres to maintain and enhance their competitive positioning, for the benefit of our discerning customers in the Sherbrooke area.”
The redevelopment of the centre will be completed in four phases over two years. Carrefour de l’Estrie will remain open during the work.
The first phase of the project will involve redevelopment of retail space, which has been vacant since Target closed, in the eastern part of the centre. The premises formerly occupied by Target will be divided into four new retail spaces on two levels. Super C will occupy almost 4,200 m2 (45,000 ft2) on the lower level, and Sport Experts will be relocated upstairs, with its area expanded to 2,800 m2 (29,800 ft2). Negotiations with two new tenants that will move into the other two spaces are at an advanced stage. A staircase connected to the new entrance will be built in preparation for phase 2 in order to improve traffic flow in the centre.
The exterior cladding of the former Target store will be replaced, and a storefront window and glass wall will be installed on the upper level to bring more natural light into the centre. Finally, two new loading docks will be added on the south and east sides to better serve the new retail space.
During the second phase of the work, a new entrance with a canopy and a glass wall on both levels will be built in the eastern portion of the shopping centre. The strategic location of the entrance will improve shopping experience and brightness in the centre. Inside the centre, plans call for removal of an escalator and harmonization of the architectural details of the balconies. The work will also include revitalization of the exterior cladding to the west of the new entrance and the installation of a window on the upper level.
Phases 3 and 4
In the third phase, the space previously occupied by Super C and Sports Experts will be reconfigured. New windows and canopies will be installed for new restaurants on the façade. Landscaped areas, with trees and other vegetation, will be planted around the centre to combat the heat-island effect. In the fourth and final phase of the work, the centre’s interior finishing will be renovated, with the vast majority of the floors and ceilings to be updated.
Carrefour de l’Estrie is jointly owned by Ivanhoé Cambridge and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Ivanhoé Cambridge is the property manager.
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About Carrefour de l’Estrie
At the intersection of Highway 410 and Boulevard de Portland in Sherbrooke, Carrefour de l’Estrie has 170 stores, employs 2,500 people and welcomes 150,000 visitors each week. With a total area of 1.2 million ft2, Carrefour de l’Estrie is the largest shopping centre in the Eastern Townships. Its anchor tenants are The Bay, La Maison Simons, Sears, Super C and Toys “R” Us.
About Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
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