September 24, 2015

Woodgrove centre to undergo $17 million renovation

A comprehensive program focused on a very modern customer experience

Montreal, Canada – Ivanhoé Cambridge announced today that the co-owners of Woodgrove Centre will make an investment of approximately $17 million to renovate the shopping centre located in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The renovation of the centre’s common areas, food court, entrance and exterior, will further strengthen Woodgrove’s position as the dominant retail destination on Vancouver Island.

“We are thrilled to be making a significant investment in a comprehensive renovation program and to propel the customer experience to a whole new level of modernity in our region, said Julia Dow, General Manager, Woodgrove Centre.

Some of the most important changes will include:

  • The centre’s food court will be completely reconfigured and renovated, allowing the seating capacity to be increased. The new food court promises to offer a very modern and stylish setting with new amenities, including new recycling infrastructure and electric charging stations and much more.
  • The guest services desk will be relocated and increased in size by approximately 1000 ft2.
  • A newly expanded guest services area will provide guests with unparalleled customer experience.
  • WiFi will be made available throughout the property for the benefit of visitors.

The exterior painting work started at the end of August, and is well underway. The interior work will not start until 4th of January. The renovation work will be completed by November 2016, in time for the Holiday Season. The project will unfold in three phases: exterior work, interior work and exterior entrances and canopies. The work has been carefully planned to ensure there will be no disruption to the centre’s operations throughout the renovations.

With 751,547 ft2 (69,820 m2) of space, Woodgrove Centre is the largest shopping centre on Vancouver Island. It features more than 140 retailers and welcomes close to 6 million visitors a year.

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