In August 2018, Northumberland Mall announced that they had a new owner and that they had plans to at least do a facelift and more likely do a major upgrade. The planned expansion of the cinema was put on hold and we were told that there should be some news by January but this did not happen. Meanwhile a few stores have closed although others are continuing. Not content with waiting for something to happen, Kim Goebel has started an online petition at Change.org asking management to keep it the way it is and to not turn it into a strip mall. Kim is concerned that poor management has caused traffic to drop so that stores then move out. After a day or so, the target of 500 votes has almost been reached.
You may or may not agree with everything that Kim says but it is almost certainly true that the majority of local residents agree with the sentiment that the mall should be preserved as a shopping destination.
The current owner is Toronto based Timbercreek and the management company is Austin, Texas based Sandalwood. The photo shows the Sandalwood drawing of their planned re-development – see also the links below for more.
Here is what Kim says in the petition
WE the people of Northumberland County are petitioning Timbercreek Asset Management and Sandalwood Management Company to keep our Mall the way it is and not make it just another strip mall. We petition them to bring back a food court in order to increase traffic in the mall and to consider concessions/incentives in order to draw new stores and brand name stores to take up residence in our Mall. New signage would also attract more people.
The people of Cobourg and the surrounding area fought long and hard to get a Mall and it took 10 years to finally bring it fruition. We had a vision of what our mall would be like and the previous owner ruined in by taking out our food court and jacking rents and destroying the atmosphere that was there.
Many popular little stores closed, large stores move in and out like the Building has a revolving door. New businesses shy away from moving here because they see the lack of traffic.
Our community needs this mall but we need it to be properly set up and properly managed. Bluenotes is leaving because of the poor attitudes of the Managers and the lack of traffic because of the poor management and organization of it.
Northumberland residents want a Mall they can be proud of. Please listen to our requests, implement these requests and give us something we can brag about!
If you agree:
So far, Cobourg’s Town planning department have received no applications for work at the Mall.
- Posted Article: Major upgrades planned for Mall – 28 August 2018
- Sandalwood – Northumberland Mall Re-Development project