Out with the old, in with the new.
The Chinook Centre carousel, a long-standing centre piece of the popular shopping mall’s food court, has been removed to accommodate the redevelopment of the dining area.
In a tweeted response to a concerned mother, @MelissaBuntcake, the CF Chinook Centre’s official Twitter account stated that, while the carousel may be relocated somewhere else in Calgary, it will not be returning to the mall.
Hello, Melissa. The carousel will not be returning to CF Chinook Centre. We are hoping it will be relocated someplace within Calgary, but we have had no confirmation. Thank you.
— CF Chinook Centre (@CFChinookCentre) January 7, 2018
In place of the carousel, Chinook Centre will be undergoing a $17 million revitalization project for the mall’s food court, which will become known as the CF Dining Hall, according to a release from Cadillac Fairview. The hall will have direct access to the Centre’s most recent addition, its newly opened 61 Avenue SW pedestrian bridge.
Construction began with the removal of the carousel – an addition made with the food courts last revitalization, all the way back in 2000 – and the projected timeline states a tentative completion date for October 2018.
“We’re proud that CF Chinook Centre’s dining space is consistently one of Canada’s busiest and most productive food courts year after year,” said Paige O’Neill, CF Chinook Centre general manager, in the release.
“We look forward to transforming the food court into a CF Dining Hall which will be open and inviting, with more communal spaces that better reflect the tastes of our shoppers and community.”
Once finished, the Dining Hall will feature 30,000 square feet of redeveloped space, 20 dining options, and a revamp of the existing outdoor patio.
Hopefully that will be enough to appease the Calgarians who have voiced concern over the absence of the carousel, as shown in responses to the Twitter thread.
That’s disappointing. The mall used to be fun.
— Monica I. 🖇🇨🇦 (@Macgyyver) January 7, 2018
It is still not known where the carousel will end up, though one Twitter user had a guess:
Please note this is still in rough draft form. pic.twitter.com/CemCTKSZg6
— ᴍᴀᴛᴛ ✖️ ᴅᴀɴɪᴇʟs (@mattxdaniel) January 7, 2018