The recent closure of Sears Home store at St. James and Ellice triggered almost immediate renovation. At the start, it looked like the property would be sub-divided as the old Sears location was fairy sizeable since it sold appliances. In August the first of the two places put up their signage and it’s now open.
Spirit, the seasonal Halloween store will be open through till October selling costumes and the like. Obviously, a temporary store and it might be a good candidate for the always end of season Bomber store as well.
The big news is that other spot is leased to a more prized catch. Staples has moved from their St. James Square location down the street to 1450 Ellice, Sears Home’s old location. The store has already had a soft opening and the official opening this weekend.
Staples in St. James has always been a fairly busy store and the new location will bring more parking and situate them on a busier corner. The old location has papered over windows. I suspect it won’t remain empty for long.
This has been a editorial by John Dobbin.
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