Vancouver Island’s largest shopping centre will be receiving a $17 million makeover, co-owner of Woodgrove Centre Ivanhoé Cambridge announced September 24.
In a press release from Ivanhoé Cambridge, Woodgrove Centre General Manger Julia Dow highlights the major elements of the renovation:
- The food court will be completely reconfigured and renovated, allowing for increased seating capacity. The modern update will include recycling infrastructure, electric charging stations, and much more.
- Guest services will be relocated and increased in size by about one thousand square feet.
- Wi-Fi will be available throughout the property for the benefit of visitors.
Renovations will begin January, but exterior painting began this fall, said Marketing Director Nola Dunn. The press release states, “The project, which will be complete by November 2016, will unfold in three phases: Exterior work, interior work, and exterior entrances and canopies. There will be no disruptions to the centre’s operations throughout the significant renovation.”
The renovation is one of several growth projects the shopping centre has undergone in order to accommodate its popularity with customers.
“The timing is ideal. Woodgrove opened in 1981,” said Dow. “Since then, we have undergone an expansion in 2000 which involved adding over 300 thousand square feet to the shopping centre. In 2012, Walmart expanded into a super centre, which added another 30 thousand square feet. The renovation project is focused on updating the style and comfort of Woodgrove. At Ivanhoé Cambridge, we take pride in the quality of our properties; it is one of our trademarks, and our teams are working tirelessly to achieve this goal. We continue to invest in our properties to maintain or reinforce their strong presence in their market, and Woodgrove is a leader in its market.”