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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 THE litHBRIDOE HERALD Wedn.iday, 7, Complex On l7Vz Acre Site Firs' Stage Of Development Million Centre Village Opens Thursday Centre Village Mall in Leth- bridge one of the province's largest shopping developments designed to serve the shop- ping needs of Southern Alberta opens to the public Thurs- day morning at 9 o'clock. The huge complex covers 4V4 acres of the'1714 acre site. It includes a square foot Simpsons Sears department store, a square foot Mac- leod's family shopping centre, an 18.000 square foot IGA food mart and a consortium of spe- cially selected stores and ser- vices grouped around an archi- tecturally-designed 420-foot en- closed, climate-controlled mall. The location on 13th Street the heart of the city brings modern shopping facili- ties within easy driving dis- tance for the more than people living in Lethbridw and Its surrounding areas. It can reached from all major highways without having to contend with heavy city traf- ic. The centre is expected to draw shoppers from through- out the south, as well as south- iastern British Columbia. Representing an investment of some including he land, building, fixtures and inventories, Cer.tre Village Mall brings to Southern Al- >erta a new dimension in shop- ring convenience. With three najor. Canadian merchandis- ing retailers Simpsons- Sears, Macleods and IGA he centre, through its' care- fully-selected stores, offers a Easterly View Of Centre Village Along Second Avenue North Many New Businesses Will Make Debut Ifs A Marathon Realty Development Both the quality and variety available to southern Alberta shoppers will receive a major boost when Marathon Realty Company Limited opens the doors on its new Centre Village MaU in Lethbridge on Thurs- day, Oct. 8. Conveniently located on 13th St. Lethbridge's major north-south through-traffic ar- tery Centre Village Mall cov- ers more than 4V4 "acres of a 1714-acre site just north of the OP Hail overpass. The mall in- cludes Simpsons Sears department store, a IGA food store, a Macleods family clothing store and a wellrounded selection of other stores and services in a strikingly-designed, air-con- ditioned mall surrounding. Twelve acres of paved area on the north side provide am- ple parking convenient to both the mall and the Simpsons- Sears automotive centre in the northeast corner of the parking area. A. T. Cpnnelley, Marathon's representative in Lethbridge termed the centre "an expres- sion of Marathon's faith in the health and steady growth of Lethbridge and its surrounding retail area." Mr. Connelley pointed out that Lethbridge has a retail trading area population of some "Our studies of the Leth- bridge market area indicated a definite demand for a major quality-oriented shopping 'mall a theme we have carried through in the mall's architec- tural design and he said. Designed by the Calgary ar- chitectural firm of A. Dale and Associates to pleasing and be both functional, eye- the mall proper is floored entirely in Welsh quany tile, world famous for its appearance and wearing qualities. A floor-to, ceiling fountain at the mail's "crossroads" adds a note of quiet elegance. Drawing on Lethbridge's "sunny south" re- putation, an impressionistic cactus-and-sunburst design in varied tones of bride greets the shopper inside the entrance. The look of quality is carried through in the exterior of brick topped by black-enamelled and sculptured, steel. General contractor for the project was'. Foundation Com- pany of Canada Ltd. Centre Village Mall repre- sents an investment in Leth- bridge of 'over million and from the outset was designed to make shopping as easy and as pleasant as possible. Re- gardless of the weather sub- zero, chinook or summer heat wave r- the .climate-controlled environment will be at a con- stant 72 degrees. The mall's location near Lethbridge's geo- graphical centre puts it within minutes of all sections of the city. Featuring three major na- tional merchandising organiza. tions Simpsons-Sears, Mac- leods and IGA Centre Vil- lage Mall through its variety of tenants provides a wide choice of merchandise for all tastes. A majority of the businesses in Centre Village Mall will be making their debut on the Leth- bridge retail scene an indi. cation of the new mall's ma- jor contribution to increasing the variety of choice and qual- ity available in Lethbridge stores. While its catalogue store has. been located in Lethbridge for many years the new Simpsons- Sears department mr'e ffraf fl store is the company's first full-service re- tall outlet in the city. Other newcomers include: Reward Shoes and Flagg Shoes, Mosaic Glass, Tip Top Tailors, Golden Dolphin Bath Boutique, Cun- ningham Drugs, Hiley and Mc- Cormick Western Stores, Shan's Stationery and Books, Betty Shops, and Soriano's Men's and Ladies' Tailros. Centre Village Mall boasis two restaurants one located in the Simpsons-Sears stofe, and one fronting on the mall plus an Orange Julius re- freshment kiosk. There will be a branch of the Royal Bank, a Peoples Credit Jewellers store, a news and tobacco stand in the mall op- erated by IGA, the' Art Wil- liams Travel Agency, Bata Shoes, and MacLeod's Family Shopping Centre, Even as the site was being prepared overall plans for the mall were being devloped to ensure that the most modern facilities features eluded. and merchandising anywhere were in- The result Is the million- plus climate.controlled shop- ping mall which opens Thurs- day, a place where shbpplng can be done 'amid surpundings which reflect spaciousness, warmth and congeniality in outlets providing a wide range of goods and services. In full operation, Centre Vil- lage Mall will employ some 400 people, including the 250- inember Simpsons-Sears staff. Easily reached by bus as well as car, Centre Village Mall will open daily at.9 a.m. On Thurs- day and Friday nights it re- mains open until 9 p.m. closing the rest of the .week at 6 p.m., except for 1 p.m. on Wednes- days. The developer of Centre Vil- lage Mall, Marathon Realty Company, is a relatively young company but its accomplish- ments have propelled it to the forefront of .community devel- opment in Canada: In many centres it is changing the face of downtown Canada. A major example of such city centre, developments is the now-famous Palliser Square in Calgary, and Mon- treal's Place du Canada. Even bigger projects such as Metro Centre in Toronto and Project 200 in Vancouver are in final planning stages. Incorporated in 1963 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ca- nadian Pacific, Investments Limited, Marathon has been charged with the responsibility of developing Canadian Pacific real estate interests. The com. Trip For Two To Hawaii Nowhere in the world can the traveller find a warmer wel- come than he receives on reacliing Hawaii, a short five and one half hour flight from Vancouver by CP Air DC-8 jet. From the moment he alights from the aircraft when a frag- rant orchid lei is placed over his head, in the traditional Hawaiian fashion, to the sad moment when he must leave, the visitor is made to feel that he really belongs. Upon arriving in Honolulu, most visitors take time to get acquainted with the island of Oahu, on which this city is lo- cated. There's enough on Oahu to keep them happily occupied for an entire vacation, but the Jlie innatnon CANDLES AND GIFTS OF HAND-CRAFTED DISTINCTION Dave and Colleen Slovak are Happy to announce the opening of the Cinnamon Cinder on the Mall of the Centre Village. The Cinnamon Cinder is 'the' place for unique and different gifts candles, hand-crafted mosaic glass candle holders, light fixtures, and accessories. Dave and. Colleen Slovack The Cinnamon Cinder CENTRE VILLAGE MALL more curious among them spread their time out to include visits to the neighbour islands such as Maui, Kauai, Molokai and the largest of them, Hawaii. Boredom is unknown in these islands where a great variety of activities can be .en- joyed by the tourist including sightseeing, shopping, swim- ming, surfing, fishing and boat- ing plus the thrill o( trying na- tive dishes of giant shrimp in pineapple, pit-roasted pig and fresh tropic fruit. Flights from Vancouver to Honolulu just SVi hours are. connected to all major cities by CP Air. CP Air, Canada's flag car- rier on the Pacific first served Hawaii in 1940, en route to Aus- tralia, its first international service. Flight frequency was every two weeks. Today, in the [peak winter season it operates I between Canada and the Ha- waiian Islands 10 times week- ly with DOBS and DC-8-63 Spaccm asters. Centre Village Mall, in co- operation with CP Air, is offer- ing two return tickets to Hawaii, plus holiday money, to tho holder of the lucky "Trip to Hawaii" ticket. The draw will take place in the mull on Saturday, Nov. 7, pany has Its head office in Cal- gary. Lethbridge's Centre Village Mall is Marathon's largesl shopping centre development in Alberta. In recent years the company has developed shop- ping centres in Taber, Olds Ponoka, Camrose, Wetaskiwin and Stettler as well as in sev- eral other provinces. complete vice. merchandising ser- From outset, it was de- signed to make shopping con- venient and a pleasure. The ocation on 13th street .imme- diately north of the CPR under- puts Centre Village with- .ng 10 minutes driving time '.mm anywhere within the city. In this regard, Mayor Andy Anderson has stated that the Sty of Lethbridge considers ,be Centre Village Mall of ma- jor importance to the iient of North Lethbridge. Since construction of the cen- xe commenced, several new developments have been pro- posed for the area. Even as the power shovels dug into the earth to prepare the site for foundations, over- all plans were being devised to ensure that the most modem facilities and merchandising features available anywhere were included. The result of this is the multi-million dollar complex which opens Thursday morn ing, a centre where shopping can be done amid surroundings which reflect spaciousness and congeniality, in stores that pro- vide a wide range of goods and services. :'Keystones of this major de- velopment are the luxuriously modern and colorful Simpsons- Sears department store at the 13th street end of the mall anc the Macleod's and IGA stores at the opposite end; The new centre reflects an air of spaciousness yet does not create a feeling of immen- sity. The mall, nearly one-tenth of a mile long and 32 feet wide [futures an Intricate and in full operation the cately proportioned fountain reaching 'from the floor to the ilgh domed skylight in the centre of the mall. The fountain shopping centre will employ between 400 and 500 people. Buses on 13th Street N. a new, quint bubbling type at the east end of the does not ivterfere with The centre will open at 3 '.dll bo The acres of pavement will ensure adequate parking at all times and the several until p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights. Other nights rances to the mall and stores will close at 6 ment store provide except for the one access from any part of Wednesday closing re- parking Once the customer parks Village Mall was de- car and enters the by Marathon Realty mall she will be able to shop in complete comfort in a variety of local and Ltd., of Calgary. Tho shopping mall and tenant premises were constructed by stores without having to Company of Can- a street or brave cold, rain one of Canada's largest summer heat. most experienced shopping Centre Village will have some newcomers to the builders. A. Dale and Associates of Calgary were the bridge retail market. These include Cunningham Drugs, Tip Top Tailors, Reward and Flagg Shoes, Riley and McCormick Western Outfitters, Golden Dolphin Bath Boutique, Betty Siop, Shan's Stationery and Books, Doreen's Boutique, and Renaissance Imports. Smitty's Pancake House, also new to Lethbridge, will not open until later in the The shopping centre Is being developed in two stages. Stage 1, which is now complete, con. tains more than square feet of retail facilities. Stage 2 planned to provide for later expansion, will add additional stores and a movie theatre. Provision has also been made for adding a second floor to the Simpsons-Sears store, required, which would The developers want the total area of the cen- to do more than just to about squire feet. money at Centre Village would make Centre Vil- are making the mall and one of the largest shop- parking lot available for centres in the west out- munity and other of a large metropolitan cial Second Centre Village will hold a second "opening" Thursday, Oct 29 when five new stores open in mall for the first Big new IGA Food Mart one of the most ern in all Southern The Betty Shop with latest winter Shan's Stationery and Books largest iii Lethbridge. Doreen's Boutique expert hair styling, wigs Renaissance Imports reproductions of World masters at a fraction of their Announcing the Opening of Golden Dolphin BATH BOUTIQUE MISS DONNA MCLEAN MRS. DONNA McLEAN See this most extraordinary array of elegant items designed to beautify you and your bath. We stock the most extensive line of imported shower cur- tains, bath towels and bath sheets, and bath and boudoir ac- cessories all color co-ordinated to add glamour and luxury to your bath and boudoir. Featuring Village Bath Products Counselor Scales Bathetfe by Lee Rowan Fieldcrest Towels Style Built Accessories H. M. Coby Hampers Marly Soaps. Special Shoiving Of SUNBURST OVEN and TABLEWARE ASH TRAYS and CERAMIC GIFTS Golden Dolphin Bath Boutique CENTRE VILLAGE MALL LETHBRIDGE Phone 327-1323 ;