New renovations have been announced by Lacombe Centre GP Inc, the new owners of Lacombe Centre Mall.
A project announcement and kick off renovations was held on-site on May 20.
Scott Builders Inc. is the contractor that will give the 40 year old structure a makeover starting in June.
The project is expected to be completed in two phases. The first phase will start in June and go until December 2021. The second phase will start in the spring of 2022.
“The Lacombe Centre Mall has been a longtime business hub here in Lacombe. It’s very important to our community. I am sure the new and improved version will expand on that legacy,” said Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey.
Creasey says the mall is special to him. He grew up not too far from the mall and during his younger years was employed in its initial construction.
The project is expected to advance the aesthetics of the 40 year old structure. It’s also expected to attract new businesses to the community of Lacombe.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the new owners for their investment and their vision to enhance an important part of the community,” Creasey.
The renovation project is expected to create about 30 jobs, with folks working in and around the site on the revitalization.
“Retail in 2021 is a challenging landscape, but we like the strong proven national tenants we have, including Peavey Mart, Dollarama, Scotiabank, and Red Apple,” said Kristal Heise, president of Lacombe Centre GP Inc.
“Add in the local strength of tenants like Lacombe Vision Centre, Hairapy, Lacombe Florist & Gifts, Lacombe Health Hut and Lacombe Audio Video and the mall is an attractive destination meeting many consumer needs in Lacombe.”
There is a phased plan to improve the mall. The current year will see an expansion of the Peavey Mart space and upgrades to the north half of the mall exteriors. The investment group will also be adding a new KFC franchise, with a drive-thru in the east parking lot.
Next year, mall exterior upgrades will be completed – along with a resurfaced parking lot.
Lacombe Centre GP Inc. thanked Lakefront Developments, the previous owner of the facility, for the successful cooperative process during the mall purchase and the stewardship of this great property and tenants over the years.
“We think Lacombe is a great community, and we look forward to being part of it,” said Heise.