SOBEY'S SQUARE / MOUNT PEARL SQUARE: MT. PEARL, NF, CANADA
Posted September 3, 2006 (user submitted April 17, 2006)
Mount Pearl Square ( then Sobey's Square ) opened in Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland, Canada in
1981. It was suppposed to be built in St. John's but St. John's city council
denied the request. The mall first opened with Sobey's and Topsail Theatres and
a few ancillary tenants and Zellers was added on in 1987. Many of the chain
stores in Sobey's Square could be found in the Avalon and Village Malls, such
as BiWay, Suzy Shier, Eclipse and A Buck or Two.
The mall was renovated during
the 1990s, Sobey's supermarketwas enlarged to 66,000 sq. ft. and the cineplex
was enlarged from 3 to 6 theatres. Unforuntely, the additions and renovations
did not help the mall prosper. The construction of a 12 theatre cineplex at the
Avalon Mall ( the oldest and largest mall in St. John's) in 1999 and the new big
box power centre opened in Mt. Pearl in 2002. Wal-Mart moved from the former
Woolco location in the Village Mall to the power centre in Mt. Pearl. These
developments took away business from Sobey's Square. Ironically, Sobey's Square
is owned by the same company that owns the Avalon Mall, Crombie Properties - a
subsidiary of Sobey's. Many chain stores started closing up shop and the
Sobey's supermarket was converted to its smaller discount division, Price Chopper. As a
result, the mall had to change its name to Mt. Pearl Square since Sobey's no
longer anchors the mall.
In 2005, the middle of the mall was being converted to
a Teletech Canada call centre. Early in 2006 as the call centre is still under
construction, Zellers announces it was closing its store in Mt. Pearl Square.
Zellers acquired a KMart store down the road in St. John's. The remaining
tenants, including the dollar store, discount grocery store and theatres are
not attracting very many customers anymore. One of the youngest malls in
Newfoundland could be one of the first to go out of business.
canidates in St. John's include Atlantic Place and the Murray Premises in
downtown St. John's and the Torbay Road Mall in the east end of St. John's. The
Village Mall might be a potential deadmalls canidate since no tenant has moved
into the former Woolco/Wal-Mart space.