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St. Thomas Economic Development
Elgin Centre Proposes Hotel Development

June 18, 2019 - As part of $3 million revitalization and growth plan - including the former Zeller's re-demise, addition of new national retailers and various improvements – the 265,000 square foot Elgin Mall was rebranded Elgin Centre this past October. With a continued focus to be a community gathering place and the objective to be St. Thomas' and Elgin County's ‘Centre', the owners are very excited to announce a proposed Holiday Inn Express Hotel development at Elgin Centre – the 1st phase of a proposed mixed use development to include future residential, retail and office.

The $15 million proposed Holiday Inn Express development, with 95 rooms, swimming pool, and approximately 1,500 – 2,000 square feet of meeting space, will be a benefit to the City of St. Thomas and Elgin County and will contribute to Elgin Centre's revitalization.

More and more shopping mall owners are attaching hotels to their shopping malls, finding them to be productive fillers of space and perfect compliments. This will further assist the mall to be an even greater benefit to the proposed hotel and the hotel will be a benefit to the mall - as hotels and malls are a very logical pairing. The synergies between the shops, the gym, the movie theatre, restaurants at Elgin Centre and the proposed Holiday Inn Express hotel are many. The hotel will provide shoppers to the mall while the mall provides amenities to hotel guests.

The proposed Holiday Inn Express at Elgin Centre will bring direct and collateral economic benefits to St. Thomas and surrounding communities as jobs will be created and there will be a boost to local dining, shopping & recreation. In addition, the hotel will provide increased tax revenue to the city, will help to increase capital investment, tourism-related development and promotion. The simple fact is that bringing this hotel to the Railway City and Elgin County - home to great tourist attractions, sporting events, social events and many local companies - will keep travelers here.

The proposed hotel, which will provide a major upgrade to Elgin Centre, will replace an existing 16,000 square foot section of the mall (the westerly portion of the former Zellers space), providing hotel guests with connectivity along an existing walkway with easy access to the mall. A recently completed independent traffic study shows that because the hotel will spring up out of the redevelopment of the existing section of shopping centre space, the increase in trip generation is negligible and will not have any noteworthy effect on the existing transportation network and the 20-acre site. The proposed hotel is to break ground March/April 2020 and is expected to be completed within approximately 14 months.

For over 40 years, Elgin Centre has been a place for the neighborhood to come together and a hub for friends and family to shop, eat and socialize. Looking ahead, the proposed Holiday Inn Express at Elgin Centre will bring new added life and energy to the centre and community.

St. Thomas Economic Development CEO Sean Dyke said that "Our community has long been underserviced for accommodations and I am very excited for the opportunities this development will bring, both for business and leisure users with tremendous potential for the further growth of local tourism."

Elgin Centre continues to support local organizations, hosting various shows and community events. The mall continues to strive to be a focal point for shopping and community in the City of St. Thomas and Elgin County. They are proud of their history, excited to provide what the community is looking for in the near and long-term and they look forward to being part of the continued growth and prosperity of the community.

Now and with this redevelopment, the owners expect that the residents of St. Thomas and the surrounding areas will continue to provide on-going support to the shops, services and restaurants at the mall by shopping, eating, working out at the gym, catching a movie or all of the above. Despite the recent new store additions, including national retailers Giant Tiger, Dollarama and Ardene to the existing tenant mix, the push continues as they continue to strive to add new stores, services and restaurants to support Elgin Centre's revitalization. The proposed $15 million investment to add a 95 room Holiday Inn Express hotel will definitely be a further push to achieve this goal at Elgin Centre.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 June 2019 10:55:25 AM EST

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