Dundurn MEGA Mall

CKOM’s Ashley Wills has this

Construction has not begun on a massive trade and exhibition centre South of Saskatoon.

“I think with a project of this magnitude, there are small delays that are along the way and I think they just want to make sure they got all their bases covered,” said Rural Municipality of Dundurn Reeve Fred Wilson on Monday.

The first phase of the Dundurn International Exhibition Centre is expected to start this spring, but repeated requests for an update from Brightenview Development International Inc. have gone unanswered.

Last fall, crews were doing pre-construction work like filling sloughs and clearing brush on the piece of land that was purchased from the rural municipality.

In November, Lorne Nystrom, public affairs with Brightenview, said the project was advancing as planned.

“Different builders are being interviewed over the fall and early winter, that will all be in place in time for starting construction sometime in the spring,” he said back on Nov. 1, 2013.

The first phase of the project is expected to take 18 to 24 months to build at an estimated cost of $120 million. The building will be 300,000 sq. ft., and hold 350 showrooms for businesses from China.

Help me out here.  Saskatoon has a nice looking airport but it is no where near busy enough to be a hub which means we don’t get a lot of flights from major cities where retailers are headquartered.   This is supposed to be a business to business enterprise centre but why build one in a location that would require a layover in Toronto, Calgary, or Edmonton and then an additional drive.  These places are traditionally built near airport hubs and are normally located in China where retailers and companies can liaison with the factories easily.  In fact infrastructure means so much to these deals that Chinese cities are going deep into debt to facilitate them getting built.  

I know land is cheap around Dundurn but this deal makes no sense. This feels like so many of those Devine era ideas that never happened for one reason or another.  

3 thoughts on “Dundurn MEGA Mall”

  1. Once the ocean is built in Dundurn we can then, and only then take this seriously. The reason Vancouver and Toronto are the buyers markets is because you need a port for your goods to arrive from China and go directly to your distribution center .All of the major buyers live in the city where their head offices are located, which is also where the ports of entry are located and this geographic formula is not going to change. This proposed project has zero backing from any buyers association which means there will be zero support from any franchise stores in North America.Trips to China for major buyers will never be replaced as there is legal work and quality control aspects that can only be done on Chinese soil.There is no math in the world that can make this top secret development bring in a minimum of 10,000 buyers a week to Dundurn. I have been selling goods from China for 30 years and I can tell you there is no need for another buyers market location, and there has been zero talk or promotion of this massive trade center at any buyers events. All you have to do is ask yourself,why has this top secret developer proposed to built the largest buyers market in North America without the backing or needs of the buyers,and its too easy to figure out why he does not want any financial concession’s from the Government.

  2. This mall is a hidden disaster. I moved here from Markham Ontario last year, the first site for one of these “malls” in Canada. The investors pulled their money out and mall still has yet to be built. The problem with this type of “investment opportunity” is that is provides very little income for Canada. All store opportunities are advertised in Chinese media long before they are available for Canadian businesses. Secondly, having been to a similar Asian mall Near Toronto, called Pacific Mall, you will find store after store of the same garbage. One store will sell fake DVD, the next will sell fake designer bags, followed by a store with fake sunglasses, these stores will then repeat, and you will have 5-10 stores in the same mall selling the exact same merchandise. If you have ever been on a vacation down south, you will know what I am talking about, a market with streets and streets of the same product, with a different person trying to make you believe its different, or “his product is the best”. These types of malls are a disease. I know most people out in Saskatchewan haven’t been to something like this, and the idea of a MEGA MALL in the province sounds amazing, but buyer beware, this will not be anything like West Edmonton mall. You will not see any stores you have ever heard of and it is not a outlet mall with brands like nike, reebok, Guess, or Versace. Out of the 350 proposed stores, i can almost guarantee you there will be a maximum of 20-30 different types of stores, all selling various knock off product, and you will see the same product 5 stores down. Also don’t expect many jobs to be created from this, they will have workers already, and will have NO interest in hiring Canadian youth looking for summer jobs.

    Please take my advice, as I have experience with this type of investment. I spent the last 5 years living across and following the progress of the same mall in Ontario. There will be zero opportunity for Canadians to open stores in this mall.

  3. Brightenview has never put one piece of lumber in the ground yet they have proposed to build the two largest trade centers in North America and a facility in Regina.This is mighty ambitious for a first time builder to say they are going to spend $150-200 million dollars for the Dundurn,Chatam-Kent and Regina projects. They did manage to keep the Chatam-Kent deal very quiet in Saskatchewan and did not promote or celebrate the project outside of Ontario. Most developers would have been proud of another 65 million dollar project on the books but for some reason it was kept silent in Saskatoon.I highly doubt that buyers from the US are going to take a two day flight to come to Dundurn to buy offshore goods when they can go to established buying facilities in Atlanta,Vegas,Chicago,Vancouver and Toronto where all the national buyers live and work

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