Hot on the heels of Sunnyside Mall’s sudden Melanie Lyne closure last week comes word that giftware king Glenn Martin has pulled the plug on the shopping centre’s Comfort & Joy location.
Martin, who owns three other Comfort & Joy locations in Lunenburg, Dartmouth and at Park Lane and is also part owner of Frieze & Roy – Canada’s oldest continuously operating general store – in Maitland, Hants County, closed the Centre Court-located store for good yesterday.
The 50-year-old mall, which this past weekend celebrated the grand opening of its Rowen & Lily (breastfeeding, baby-changing and toddler-friendly) Lounge, as well as the half-century anniversary of Carlos’s Barber Shop, has seen a string of retail closures in recent months.
“Sadly, the lack of a vision and mgt has cost a lot of ppl a lot of money – myself included,” Uncommon Group President Gordon Stevens, tweeted last week, as members of Halifax’s Twitter community publicly debated the mall’s future in light of recent occurrences.
Stevens shuttered his Uncommon Kids store earlier this year.
“I can tell you it’s not going to get better with the existing mgt….” he added.
The mall is owned by TGS Properties, an Israeli-owned company, and managed by Triovest.