We know, we know – you’re still coping with the sadness that came with the announcement that Sears is officially closing all stores and eliminating 12,000 jobs across Canada.
Sears is closed, but’s a difficult time for employees, executives, and anyone who remembers using a Sears catalogue.
But the truth is that one store closing means another will most likely open in its place. And new business can be quite exciting.
Bramptonians have already started to wonder what will take the two-floor Sears at Bramalea City Centre’s place. It’ll have to be huge and attractive to people in Brampton and beyond to fill the void.
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Here’s what we’d like to see take over the space!
5) Another retail giant
When one business closes, one of the same proportions takes its place! That’s how the saying goes, right? Sears did attract a lot of customers in its prime – perhaps the space could use a refresh and a brand that’s either well-established and expanding, or up-and-coming that’s gaining a lot of traction. There’s already a Hudson’s Bay and a Metro in the mall (R.I.P. Target Canada), plus a Food Basics nearby, so, other huge retailers that might be able to fill the void include Winners, Uniqlo, Muji, or even Walmart like there is at Square One.
4) A massive co-working space
This might be a little ahead of its time for BCC, but it would be great if a massive co-working space popped up! With all of the creatives, the entrepreneurs, and those working from home in Brampton, we could use a space for any and for all to rent out. The space could be equipped with bottomless coffee and a kitchen with snacks, host events, have different sizes and types of offices and desk space, and maybe some specialized equipment and spaces like a studio with cameras and audio equipment for rent within the space, or a small workout space to destress. Bramptonians could come together, work together, and build bigger ideas together all from the Bramalea quarters. Think a scaled up Lab B (which is fantastic and a great community addition as is), Space Bar, or Venture X.
3) An entertainment facility
Playdium, Top Golf, Dave and Busters, or even a Rec Room – Brampton could use a huge new entertainment facility. Think arcades, video games, batting cages, perhaps some mini putt, and beyond! It could feature a restaurant or a snack bar, be adult- and kid- friendly (19+ at night and family-friendly during the day!), attract more people to BCC, and ultimately create a new entertainment option in a whole new area (ie. outside of downtown Brampton) for Bramptonians to enjoy.
2) A huge new restaurant or cafe
There can never be enough options for food in Brampton. We boast celebrity chefs, cuisines from all over the world, mom and pop shops, and everything inbetween already – a huge new restaurant or cafe could take off in the space. A boutique coffee shop like Dineen in downtown Toronto, a resto with lots of craft beer and delicious food like King Taps also in downtown Toronto, or a cool two-floor joint like Sud Forno. A giant resto or unique cafe taking up the entire two floors would be very interesting to see in place of Sears.
1) A year-round indoor farmers’ market
It might be difficult to think of a farmers’ market outside of the downtown Brampton core, but imagine – local vendors and producers, all year round. There is already a possibility of something like this coming to life somewhere in Brampton, though a location and details beyond that haven’t been confirmed. Fresh pastries, fresh produce, fresh everything! The space is large enough to house several vendors, who could rotate throughout the year, encouraging local business, there could be resto options within, and we already have a model – the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. Currently, we have a few outdoor markets that happen when the weather is nice in Brampton, but a new marketplace would be very exciting and hopefully popular here.