The short answer is “Not much”. I called the Mall Leasing VP and all I got was “No we’re not planning any residential”. If you look at what they say online, you’ll see that Michael’s is coming soon, that another “pad” is planned next to the LCBO and that there are a lot of vacancies. Before the pandemic, Rainbow cinema was planning an expansion but right now they are working on reduced hours with two shows on 4 days, one matinee on Sundays and closed Mondays and Wednesdays. Although many spaces are empty (but not all), some others are getting renovated (see photos below). It’s not clear where Michael’s is going: Trinity’s map shows them on the East side of Dollarama but it looks like a smaller space on the West side of Giant Tiger has been prepared – although this was done over a year ago. Maybe for another tenant?
So far the leasing manager (Trinity-Group) has focused on outdoor big box stores plus the pad that includes Starbucks. Plans include a second pad across the entrance driveway from Boston Pizza – see map below – although there is no progress on that. Perhaps it’s delayed because a different landlord is currently building one north of Staples. See photo below plus post “New Plaza at 1025 Elgin ” in resources below.
The mall property manager says on their web site:
Plans are currently in development to reinvigorate the interior retail mix with the goal to re-establish Northumberland Mall as the heart of the community in Cobourg. Opportunities exist across various unit sizes!
Sounds good but all we’ve seen is an exodus. Will tenants come back? One has already, Northshore Lanes in the lower level is now open for 5 pin bowling. Planned hours: 12 to 10 pm Monday to Saturday and 12 to 8 pm on Sunday.
And (hot off the press) Rainbow has signed a renewal of their lease for three years – so they plan to stay!
Here is the current map.
And here are some photos taken on a rainy afternoon 11 November 2022.
- Property Manager web page about Northumberland Mall
- Mall Leasing Brochure – as of 11 Nov 2022
Cobourg News Blog Posts
- New Plaza at 1025 Elgin – North of Staples. 16 Jan 2022
Earlier Mall Status reports