|Costco in Downtown Vancouver, BC. Image: oztravelfiles.blogspot.com|
Big Box retailers such as Wal-Mart, Costco, Michael's, Canadian Tire, Best Buy and others have traditionally been found in suburbs. As thousands of new condo dwellers populate Canadian downtown cores, ground-floor retail space in condo developments is increasingly being occupied by larger-format retailers previously limited to the suburbs.
|Aura condo tower to include Marshall's and Bed Bath & Beyond. Image: http://www.condo-living-west.com|
Big box retail downtown isn't new: Vancouver got a Costco store downtown in 2006. Included are about a thousand condo units in three towers (a fourth was recently added). Downtown Vancouver and Toronto have since opened numerous big-box stores including Winners, Homesense, Future Shop, Canadian Tire and others. As urbanites continue to flock into downtown cores, popular big-box retailers will continue to follow.
|Canadian Tire in Downtown Toronto. Image: lazyphotographr.wordpress.com|
Aura website: http://www.collegeparkcondos.com
Marshall's website: www.marshallscanada.ca