Anyone looking to grab a bite downtown has a new option to check out.
City Centre Mall’s new food court opens Tuesday, completing phase one of their $41.3 million dollar renovations.
“The new space is bright, open, transparent, vibrant, safe, welcoming,” Lindsay Whyte, property manager of retail at Edmonton City Centre, told Global News. “What we wanted to do is create a space that everyone can come and enjoy.”
Now located upstairs, Whyte says the food court is a response to downtown’s rejuvenation and will take advantage of increased traffic due to Rogers Place. She adds that while there are fewer restaurants in the new food court, in this case less is more.
“We’ve paired down from our previous 23 food offerings,” she explained. “We went to 11 Best in Class brands, but we wanted to make sure we had the right variety and mix.”
The basement areas of the mall that once housed food courts will be converted into over 200 parking spaces over the next two years. Whyte said the mall wanted to make sure they could serve both their retail and office tenants housed in City Centre Mall.
“We wanted to drive traffic up to the street and pedway level to create more vibrancy and visibility,” Whyte said. “And we wanted to respond to all the changes happening downtown. (KLM)