New Horizon Mall still largely empty heading into the holidays

Nov 29 2018, 7:08 pm

Calgary largest (by amount of stores, filled or not) mall still sits relatively empty out in Balzac, at a time when shopping malls around the city are bustling with activity as we get further into the holiday season.

New Horizon Mall saw its soft open this past summer, however of the over 500 retail spaces available for lease only 28 are currently open for business.

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Which is actually a respectable number when you take into account that only a dozen or so stores were operational as of late September.

Still, the quiet halls and empty storefronts have become a prime place for the city’s photographers, curious Calgarians, and the occasional rollerblader to check out, rather than the bustling marketplace it was expected to be.

 

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The mall has been hosting events over the past few months in an effort to get people through its doors, and the holiday season is no exception.

New Horizon Mall will be hosting a Christmas Market and Craft Fair every weekend this month, and the free admission will include access to a Christmas Photo Booth, Arts and Cultural Booths, and International Food and Beverage Booths.

The markets will run from noon to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays starting on December 1.

 

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When the mall will announce its official grand opening remains to be seen, as do the days of a New Horizon Mall with more stores filled than not — though it should be noted that Toronto’s Pacific Mall, which has a similar structure to that of New Horizon, took two years to achieve full occupancy, and is now a successful shopping destination.

Here are a few of the stores that are open at New Horizon Mall:

 

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