The previous redevelopment of the Halifax shopping centre created a new, relocated food court. Credit: Ben MacLeod/Wikipedia.
Simons plans to open a new store at the shopping centre in 2024. Credit: CNW Group/La Maison Simons.
Lemay Michaud Architecture will provide the architectural concept for the new Simons store. Credit: CNW Group/La Maison Simons.

The Halifax shopping centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is undergoing a renovation to improve the shopping experience for customers.

Announced in May 2022, the redevelopment project is expected to involve an investment of $52m.

The project comes after the completion of the Halifax shopping mall’s $70m redevelopment, which was completed in 2017. Completion of the new redevelopment is expected in 2024.

Halifax Shopping Centre location

The new shopping centre is located at 7001 Mumford Road, ten minutes from downtown Halifax. Located off Highway 102, it can be accessed by public transit.

The mall is located adjacent to a property called Halifax Shopping Centre Annex, which houses large format retail stores such as Walmart, Sobeys, and Winner.

Halifax shopping centre redevelopment details

The redevelopment will add new retail and dining spaces while also updating the look and feel of the mall. The design will allow the entry of more natural light.

The mall will be upgraded with modern finishes. A glazed atrium spanning three levels will be created connecting fashion, lifestyle, and site amenities. An additional entrance to the shopping mall will be created to improve pedestrian flow.

Furthermore, the old Sears store space will be transformed to create 150,000ft² of area that will be dedicated to retail use and amenities. The modified space will also house a full-service restaurant.

Retailers at the redeveloped shopping mall

Canadian department store chain La Maison Simons, also known as Simons, will open a new store at the Halifax shopping centre, as part of the redevelopment project. The store will be the company’s 17th location in the country and its first in Atlantic Canada.

Spread across 56,000ft², the new retail store is planned to be opened in Spring 2024.

The store will feature the Twik, Icône, Contemporaine, and Miiyu brands for women fashion, Le 31, and Djab for men, I.Fiv5 activewear, and Simons Maison home fashion brands.

Contractors involved

MMC Architects, a retail architecture firm based in Canada, was appointed to provide the design for the 2022 redevelopment of the shopping centre. The company also provided the design for the redevelopment undertaken in 2017.

Lemay Michaud Architecture was selected to provide an architectural concept for the Simons store at the shopping centre while McKinley Studios was engaged to provide the interior design for the store.

Details of existing Halifax shopping centre

Built in 1962, the Halifax shopping centre is managed by Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services, a subsidiary of Cushman & Wakefield. It is a premier shopping destination in Eastern Canada.

Retailers at the facility include Apple, Aritzia, Browns, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, H & M Hennes & Mauritz’s H&M brand, Bath & Body Works, Sephora, Zara, Roots, Sport Chek, Sunglass Hut, and Banana Republic.

The mall houses more than 170 retailers, provides a total lease area of 645,641ft², and has 2,456 parking spaces.

Amenities at the facility include family parking areas, 45 parking spaces dedicated to persons with disabilities, automatic door at all entrances, lost and found services, and accessible washrooms.

The 2017 redevelopment added approximately 75,000ft² of new retail space and transformed a three-storey office tower into a two-storey retail space.

It also created a 14,000ft² flat glass structural skylight illuminating the atrium spaces.

A relocated food court, named Terrace, was opened near a new entrance on the west side of the site. It includes a fireplace, a patio, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows to allow in natural light.

Located on level one, the food court houses 14 food and drinks vendors including Shanghai 360°, Starbucks, New York Fries, Manchu WOK, Doctor’s Associates’ Subway, and Mezza Lebanese Kitchen.