Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Rideau Centre Project Preview Reception along with hundreds of other bloggers, media personnel and store owners. The event gave a nod to the mall’s past, present, and most exciting upcoming future. Thirty years after opening it’s doors for the first time, Ottawa’s largest downtown mall is about to get a complete face lift! Over the next 34 months, huge investments (think double the spend to develop the Ottawa Convention Centre) will be made to turn this already popular shopping center into Ottawa’s go to fashion destination.
After being wined and dined, Ian Boulva, VP of development at Cadillac Fairview, announced a couple teasers for the crowd, naming a handful of new stores that will be taking up residence at the Rideau Centre: J. Crew, Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, Simons, and a flagship Harry Rosen, as well as a new food center which will occupy the first floor space where Sears used to be. On top of a plethora of new brands, Ottawa can expect a four level expansion project where the old Ogilvy building used to be, filled with thirty (or more) stores and a new destination retailer. The redevelopment project will create a revitalized Rideau Centre, with completely renovated interiors, and a more vibrant Rideau Street.
Exact details including, store names and budget will be updated today at the 9:30 AM press conference.