Hillside mall’s Walmart opening pushed to May 2022; Dollarama will join shopping centre’s roster
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published November 22, 2021
Update, June 02, 2022: Walmart's opening has been pushed back to June 16, 2022
The the opening of Greater Victoria’s third Walmart Supercentre has been pushed back to spring of next year as the retail giant enters the final stretch of a years-long retail space renovation at Hillside Shopping Centre.
According to Retail Insider, Walmart’s late 2021 opening has now been delayed to June of 2022.
Walmart assumed Hillside Shopping Centre’s former two-storey Sears location in 2019, following Sears’ closure in January of 2018.
In terms of size, the 149,000 square foot Hillside store will rank between Walmart’s 216,000 square foot Uptown Shopping Centre location and its Langford store sized at 115,000 square feet.
In other tenant news at the mall, retail chain Dollarama will reportedly add to Hillside’s make-up with a 15,000 square foot dollar store. Dollarama has aggressively expanded throughout the Capital in recent years, with its newest stores in the former Shoppers Drug Mart space on Douglas Street at Yates Street, and at Vic West’s West Side Village retail plaza. Dollarama will open next spring.
Hillside Centre, situated along Hillside Avenue at Shelbourne Street, is currently anchored by a 147,000 square foot Canadian Tire, a 32,000 square foot Thrifty Foods and a nearly 30,000 square foot Marshalls clothing store.
First opened in 1962, the shopping centre completed its most recent improvement and modernization project in 2013 that yielded an expanded footprint and a modernized food court. The shopping centre is comprised of just over 100 commercial tenants.
Hillside was also the location of one of two south island Target Canada department stores that opened in 2013 as part of a nation-wide entry into Canada by the American retailer. Two years on, however, Target nixed its Canadian presence following what was described as supply chain complications. Canadian Tire now occupies the former Target space. C
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