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Additional Public Markets, Specialty and/or Festival Retailing Projects:

 

  • Burrard Landing, Vancouver, BC: Urbanics conducted a feasibility study to determine the market potential for a specialty retail market in this major downtown waterfront redevelopment project, as well as participated in the physical programming of the retail market.

 

  • Bridgepoint Market, Richmond, BC: In its conception period, Urbanics conducted a preliminary market analysis to determine the scale and nature of the market support for the public market and specialty retail complex.  It should be noted that the recommendations provided in the report were not heeded by the developer.

 

  • Steveston Fisherman's Market, Richmond, BC: Urbanics assessed the market feasibility for developing a maritime‑themed public market/specialty retailing complex on a riverfront site, as well as participated in the project's design programming.

 

  • Surrey Public Market, Surrey, BC: Urbanics conducted a comprehensive  market assessment and merchandising study in order to determine the feasibility of renovating and expanding the Surrey Public Market.  A detailed merchandising programme and preliminary rent schedules were also prepared.

 

  • Morgan Crossing, Surrey, BC: Urbanics undertook a retail market assessment for a high-end, specialty retail centre, or “lifestyle shopping centre” – the second of its kind in Canada - to be developed by Park Royal Corporation, in response to the enormous success of its first lifestyle centre in West Vancouver. Urbanics was responsible for demand/expenditure forecasting, impact analyses and determining the optimal merchandising mix of this 480,000 sq. ft. development.

 

  • Whistler Village, BC: Urbanics was extensively involved in the early planning stages of the Whistler Village development programme.  Urbanics conducted various market and financial feasibility analyses to determine the appropriate scale and timing of development feasible for this currently world acclaimed resort community.  Land uses examined include specialty retailing, residential, hotel and ancillary commercial.

 

  • Whistler Village North, BC: Urbanics was extensively involved in the planning stages of the Whistler Village North development.  Various land uses were examined including retail, office, residential and hotel.  The focus of the study was in forecasting absorption by land use types.

 

  • Songhees Peninsula, Victoria, BC: Urbanics conducted a market study to assess the feasibility of developing a festival retailing complex on the Songhees Peninsula.  This complex was planned to be part of a large mixed‑use redevelopment programme for the 173‑acre site adjacent to downtown Victoria.

 

  • The Shops at Port Sidney, Port Sidney, BC: Urbanics conducted a merchandising study as part of a comprehensive programme to redevelop the city's waterfront lands; the programme includes the implementation of a new specialty festival retail complex, a 300‑berth marina, luxury residences, hotel and other ancillary commercial facilities.

 

  • Boitanio Mall Public Market, Williams Lake, BC: Urbanics conducted a study to determine the feasibility of developing a specialty food/public market development within the Boitanio Mall in Williams Lake.  Various analyses were undertaken to assess the characteristics of the trade area market, the regional economy and the specialty food market.

 

  • The Market at Boardwalk, Edmonton, Alberta: Urbanics developed a merchandising plan and conducted a financial feasibility analysis for this downtown specialty retail/public market/office complex.

 

  • Eau Claire Market, Calgary, Alberta: Urbanics initiated this successful downtown specialty/festival retail development and assisted in all phases of project implementation and marketing.  Work undertaken by Urbanics for the development included a market feasibility analysis, a tourism impact study and a retail merchandising study.

 

  • Old Towne Market, Edmonton, Alberta: Urbanics was retained by the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation to determine the market and financial feasibility of developing the large‑scale, mixed‑use project in downtown Edmonton; to determine the tourism and economic impacts of the proposed development plan on the community; and to develop the project's implementation programme. Specific issues that were addressed included land acquisition, ownership options, infrastructure and site improvements, parking, project packaging, public sector involvement and the tendering and selection processes for the project's construction and development.

 

  • Town Market Plaza, Red Deer, Alberta: Urbanics conducted market and financial analyses to determine the feasibility of developing a specialty retail market and an outdoor public square, for which special public events, small concerts, etc. could be held.

 

  • Farmer's Market, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Urbanics conducted market and financial analyses to determine the feasibility for developing a public market.  In addition to assessing the appropriate character, scale and timing for the project, the study estimated the project's revenue potential given various assumptions.

 

  • La Faubourg, Montreal, Quebec: This project involved integrating an existing Farmer's market into a major festival retailing project for downtown Montreal.  Urbanics assessed the project's market feasibility, determined the project's optimal merchandising mix, as well as assisting in the project's coordination, marketing and scheduling.

 

  • Sparks Street Mall, Ottawa, Ontario: Urbanics was part of an urban design team which developed a strategy for the revitalization of this major downtown Ottawa specialty retail precinct and pedestrian mall.  Retail and property owner surveys, as well as personal surveys of Sparks Street mall shoppers and a telephone survey of Ottawa-Hull households were undertaken in the process of developing a comprehensive and realistic strategy to enhance the mall's function as a downtown shopping district and a major tourist attraction.

 

  • Emeryville, California: Urbanics prepared an analysis of the potential for developing a public market/festival retailing development at a site in Emeryville.  The study reviewed the basic characteristics of prime public markets and festival retailing projects, conducted a review of general marketing conditions, and provided development guidelines and merchandising considerations.

 

  • Westbury Square, Houston, Texas: Urbanics was extensively involved in the development of the original market and merchandising programme for this unique specialty complex, which encompasses over 230,000 square feet of commercial space including specialty restaurants, theatres, interesting shops, boutiques and a gourmet food market.

 

  • Cherry Creek North, Denver, Colorado: Urbanics was involved in assisting the Cherry Creek North commercial precinct in developing a merchandising, tenant and management strategy to effectively position specialty street retailing to effectively co-exist with a large shopping centre development in the area.