South Edmonton Common
South Edmonton Common is Canada's largest retail power centre, and when fully developed, it will spread over 320 acres (130 ha) and contain some 2,300,000 square feet (210,000 m2) of retail space, making it the largest open-air retail development in North America. The Common is located in south Edmonton, Alberta extending from 23rd Avenue south to Anthony Henday Drive, and east from Gateway Boulevard to Parsons Road.
South Edmonton Common
|Coordinates: 53.446°N 113.484°W|
|• Mayor||Don Iveson|
|• Administrative body||Edmonton City Council|
|• Councillor||Mike Nickel|
|• Total||1.40 km2 (0.54 sq mi)|
|Elevation||682 m (2,238 ft)|
The Common has a large base of retail tenants that provide various goods and services. The first tenant in the Commons was The Home Depot, which opened in April 1998. Anchor tenants at South Edmonton Common include Canadian Tire (the chain's largest location), IKEA, Cineplex Cinemas, Lowe's, Real Canadian Superstore, and Walmart. Other stores include Staples, Best Buy, Marshalls, Lindt, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Nordstrom Rack (opening 2018), and Canada's first buybuy BABY.
Store openings and closures
Hartco Income fund, the company that owns Compusmart, began shutting down its 15 Compusmart locations in May 2007. Originally, the South Edmonton Common location was not one of the first five to be shut down; however, it was quickly sold as well. As of January 2017, the location is currently occupied by Party City.
On November 7, 2007, the newest Walmart Supercentre opened on the south end of South Edmonton Common, replacing the former retail location at Parsons Road and 21 Avenue. Konto Furniture, Sofa Land, Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy BABY now share the space of the former Walmart.
The Walmart Supercentre has a full indoor garden centre, a fully serviced grocery store including meat, produce, bakery and floral. All former services such as McDonald's, optometrists, photo finishing and portrait studio are available at the new location, along with a Tim Hortons located in the building, which brings a total of three Tim Hortons locations to South Edmonton Common.
Walmart is the only tenant of the shopping centre that is east of Parsons Road.
On September 19, 2008, the Edmonton Journal reported Future Shop would be opening its largest store in Canada at 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2). The location featured a larger, 53,000 square-foot layout and an updated store concept. The store, along with 65 other Future Shop stores, closed on March 28, 2015. and in August 2015, Spirit Halloween took the spot for 2 months, then leaving one anchor tenant vacant. Sport Chek, which opened in fall 2016, replaced Future Shop.
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- South Edmonton Common - About
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