Michaels confirmed for Highland Square Mall

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Michaels is really coming to the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow.

In a release today Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust announced that Michaels is set to open in early 2015.

The big box store will occupy close to 20,000 square feet at the mall’s east end. This includes a mix of both existing and new retail space. An expansion of the building will soon begin to accommodate Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer.

“This Michaels deal has been in the works for quite some time” said Scott MacLean, Regional Vice President at Crombie REIT. “The addition of this large, unique, and well respected retailer represents a positive development for the mall and for our community.”

The store will create a total of up to 30 new full and part time positions.

Eclipse will be relocating and building a new store in the shopping centre. Renovations at Marks Work Wearhouse are currently underway and Charm Diamond Centre is scheduled for a complete store renovation later this year. Behind the scenes, Crombie REIT’s leasing department is working with several other prospective tenants who continue to show interest in Highland Square Mall and the New Glasgow area.

Some stores moved or closed in the section that is going to hold Michaels causing speculation that Michaels could be coming.

Organizations: Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust, Marks Work Wearhouse

Geographic location: Highland Square, North America, New Glasgow

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  • Sherry
    July 01, 2014 - 08:00

    I think any new business opening up in the New Glasgow area is a GOOD thing, regardless of product they offer. No, it isn't a production type company which this town is used to and certainly needs, but, it IS a step in the right direction. Thirty new jobs is better than nothing! In order for a town to grow, you need to have the big retailers - it entices other large retailers to move in as well. Personally, I'm thrilled that Michaels is coming to the mall. I will no longer have to make the drive all the way to Halifax, keeping me and my money in our community. Progress!

  • Odin
    June 27, 2014 - 15:50

    Scott; you are comparing apples and oranges when you mention Target vs Michael's. The management of Target completely misjudged the Canadian marketplace. They thought all they had to do was a spiffy new paint job inside the stores and a giant bullseye on the outside and people would flock to the stores. That they didn't even have to make sure the shelves were stocked or provide any kind of customer service. So no, it certainly hasn't worked out for them, and the CEO of Target Canada was fired because of the poor decisions made. Michael's on the other hand has been established in Canada for quite a number of years, and I think their management is in much better condition to judge the marketplace than you or I. It's just frustrating when the comments you read are all " well, I don't have any use for a craft store, therefore it's a stupid idea". I understand that the area needs industrial type, well paying jobs, but isn't the fact that ANY business is willing to move into the area at least a little bit of positive news? To criticize any business that wants to move into the county is exactly what we should NOT be doing.

  • just thinking
    June 25, 2014 - 16:06

    will now we can do arts and crafts .while we are waiting for a job.oh I forgot we need a job to afford to buy the crafts.

  • Joe blow
    June 20, 2014 - 21:25

    holy crap no wonder the businesses are pulling out of the area by the way you lazy bums on welfare, ei complain. if you guys take the energy complaining and put it to work you might have something to be proud of.

  • Odin
    June 19, 2014 - 12:53

    When Spiro Agnew uttered the phrase " nattering nabobs of negativism " surely he had the people of Pictou County in mind. People still complaining about Shoppers and Sobey's no longer at the mall; they've been gone for almost 15 years. Get over it. I miss Goodman's, the Metropolitan, Woolworth's 5 and 10, the Roseland, and even the Academy theatres, but guess what, they are gone. For another gentleman to say Michaels will lose money, how does he know that? Does he not think a company like that would do their "due diligence" before moving into an area? Does he think they would invest all that money into a new store before they knew what the market was like? They can probably tell you within a few thousand dollars what their gross sales will be. Even the story about a new business moving into the old Home Hardware location brought out the negativity. Someone had to write the comment, even without knowing who or what the business is, that "it won't last", or words to that effect. What is the matter with people? You should all give your heads a shake. Or maybe it's because this area has been beaten up so much over the years people just become natural pessimists and are afraid to try and look on the bright side of any issue.

    • Scott
      June 27, 2014 - 07:29

      Sorry for the negative tone, but you mean just like how the much larger Target did their due diligence before expansion into Canada? Only to lose nearly 1 billion last year from it? With the amount of square footage they are going to have, in the location they are, it's hard to see how their sales in this relatively small populated area will be able to sustain their endeavor.

    • Scott
      June 27, 2014 - 07:30

      Sorry for the negative tone, but you mean just like how the much larger Target did their due diligence before expansion into Canada? Only to lose nearly 1 billion last year from it? With the amount of square footage they are going to have, in the location they are, it's hard to see how their sales in this relatively small populated area will be able to sustain their endeavor.

  • WJF
    June 19, 2014 - 11:26

    I knew that when I read the comments the majority would be negative. I for one am happy to see this store coming to the mall. We have seen little in the way of growth in the new Power center....how many store fronts are empty in the new strip mall? I embrace any new business that is willing to set up shop, good for the mall and Michaels in reaching this agreement, I hope it is just the first of many more new stores coming to the area.

    • Just, But one Highland Square Shopper
      June 19, 2014 - 15:01

      We lost 4 or 5 stores over the past 5 - 6 years, and in return we gain one? Yes, the majority of the comments are going to be negative. Not to mention, the points presented by Jim.

  • Jim
    June 19, 2014 - 10:27

    With twinned highway to Halifax people can be at Dartmouth Crossings and Mic Mac Mall in 80 minutes. With this as an option and lack of selection things will just get worse.

  • Tracy
    June 19, 2014 - 06:55

    I'm excited for Michaels coming to the mall. It'll be nice to have a good craft / hobby shop back in NG. It's what this town needs. Maybe more people will start to stop and shop on their way through instead of driving by.

    • Jim
      June 19, 2014 - 10:09

      ...A craft store is what this town needs? Really? No, this town needs jobs. This town needs more enterprise. This town needs long term sustainability. This town needs stability. This town needs work. This town needs it's people back on it's feet. This town needs it's government to build it a feasible plan for survival before everyone is forced to move out west. It does not need a 'craft store'. And a craft store will not draw more people in.

    • Just, But one Highland Square Shopper
      June 19, 2014 - 12:02

      I spent anywheres from 500 - 1000 at Dorlene's and that or more at Carlton, and again at Peoples. Do you honestly believe I can find 2000 - 25000 worth of stuff to by at Michael's?

  • Streetgider
    June 19, 2014 - 00:50

    Yee-haw. The town is saved! Now we can all move back home from out west and do for ourselves , what the government has failed us.

  • cale macdonald
    June 18, 2014 - 22:32

    Stupid decision. Most of the people who are mall shoppers do not need a large specialty arts and crafts ,store. Hope they did not commit to a long lease, the'll lose money.

  • Kalar
    June 18, 2014 - 18:50

    It must be dull as hell back home if this is what constitutes Breaking News!

  • Just, But one Highland Square Shopper
    June 18, 2014 - 15:14

    Gaining a Michael's does not give us (at all) what we lost from losing Dorlene's, Carlton Cards, Peoples, and the Starcade. I would say that Crombie Reit has shown a lot of Nearsightedness on this issue.

  • Debbie
    June 18, 2014 - 13:26

    Sure would be nice to have some women's retail and shoe stores. Miss the drug and grocery store. It used to be one stop shopping. Bring back the life to the mall so less will leave to find everyday things elsewhere..