Outlet Collection Winnipeg ground breaking ceremony. left to right - Marty Morantz (City Councillor - Charleswood, Tuxedo, Whyte Ridge), Blair Forster (Forster Projects), Frank Vindolac (Ivanhoé Cambridge), Paul Gleeson (Ivanhoé Cambridge), Kerri Irvin-Ross (MLA Fort Richmond. Minister of Family Services), John Scott (Ivanhoé Cambridge), Mo Bundon (Harvard Developments). BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS PHOTO
Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 25, 2015 – During an official groundbreaking ceremony held today, Ivanhoé Cambridge and its partners officially launched construction work for Outlet Collection Winnipeg, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the event, representatives from Ivanhoé Cambridge, Harvard Developments and Forster Projects were accompanied by Manitoba Deputy Premier Kerri Irvin-Ross and by Marty Morantz, City Councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge ward.
Ivanhoé Cambridge and its partners Harvard Development and Forster Projects will invest more than $200 million in the project, which is set to open in May 2017. Outlet Collection Winnipeg will be Ivanhoé Cambridge’s second pure outlet centre to be built following the initial success of Outlet Collection at Niagara, which opened in May 2014. A third outlet centre is planned to open later at Edmonton International Airport in 2017.
“On behalf of the Government of Manitoba, I want to commend Ivanhoe Cambridge for the hard work and significant investment in time and money that led to the launch of this exciting project,” said Deputy Premier Irvin-Ross. “Manitoba is experiencing solid economic and population growth. It’s gratifying to see a major real estate developer such as Ivanhoe Cambridge display such strong faith in the future of this province.”
“As Winnipeg grows and we see more exciting projects like Outlet Collection Winnipeg, it continues to support the greater vision for our city,” said Councillor Marty Morantz. “Attracting national business while supporting the local economy are key elements to ensuring Winnipeg thrives with a modern and sustainable future, and I would like to thank Ivanhoé Cambridge and partners for selecting Winnipeg as one of their premier shopping destinations.”
“Not only are we bringing a new and exciting shopping experience to Winnipeg, we are also proud to invest in the creation of several hundred new jobs during and after construction,” declared Paul Gleeson, Executive Vice President, Global Development at Ivanhoé Cambridge. “Outlet Collection Winnipeg will complement existing and future surrounding commercial development through attractive landscaping, intuitive wayfinding, comfortable public spaces and integrated public transit.”
“Ivanhoé Cambridge’s expertise in the development of fashion outlet centres in Canada is unparalleled and we are confident that this project will represent an iconic shopping destination for both the residents of Winnipeg and tourists from the neighbouring provinces and northern US states,” said Blair Forster, President, Forster Projects Inc. “Outlet Collection Winnipeg represents the cornerstone of our overall vision for the 117 acre mixed-use project we have named “Seasons, which will undoubtedly make this area Winnipeg’s dominant retail address”.
About Outlet Collection Winnipeg
Outlet Collection Winnipeg will be the Manitoba capital’s first pure outlet shopping destination, offering more than 400,000 ft2 (37,100 m2) of shopping, featuring over 100 popular outlet brands. It will be located within the northwest quadrant of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway. Designed specifically for the Winnipeg market, the property will offer a new level of shopping experience that caters to all tastes and budgets. It will feature warm natural finishes, innovative day-lighting strategies, bold graphic patterning and materials to create a unique and exciting shopping and dining environment. Ivanhoé Cambridge will undertake the development and leasing of the project and will bring its renowned property management expertise to operating the centre once it opens.