Tsawwassen Mills’ Big Day

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Tsawwassen Mills, the mega mall on Class 1 farmland between the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Highway 99 opens today to breathless fanfare. As reported in the Delta Optimist  “A throng of eager shoppers is expected to descend on the 1.2-million-square-foot shopping centre, which has been intensely advertising incentives to lure those looking for deals.”

Located just off Highway 17 at 52nd Street, the mall will open with 180 stores including 16 anchor tenants, but will eventually have 200 retailers. Those retailers have had a tough time getting minimum wage workers to staff the mall, which does not have good transit connections and a dense population nearby to service the mall. Indeed on the Tsawwassen Mills website the hours of operation have been scaled back to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays from a more ambitious 10:00 p.m. closing.

The mall is estimating that up to 20 per cent of customers…

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