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Sparwood Shopping Centre Starting Part of Complex May Open in June - The Free Press turns 115 Years Old

The Greenwood Shopping Centre concept in 1971 a year before completion  - The Free Press Files
The Greenwood Shopping Centre concept in 1971 a year before completion
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February 19th 1971

Free Press Files

Dawson Developments Limited has announced the commencement of construction of the Greenwood Shopping Centre at Sparwood. Lenrice Engineering Ltd. Has been awarded the general contract and construction will begin about February 25th. Total completion anticipated in approximately six months.

The Mall type shopping centre, designed by Western Design LTD. Is valued in excess of one million dollars. It will cover an area of 62155 sq. ft. with a net lease area of 51,028 sq. ft. The 24 ft walls, with sky domes hanging over top, will take up about 11,000 sq. ft. The shopping centre is to be of brick construction and will be completely noncombustible. The centre will contain 18 retail outlets. Letters of commitment have been received for about 80 percent of the shopping centre and the lease agreement is expected to be ready for the first of March. Going into the shopping centre is an Overwaitea Store, the Royal Bank, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a barber and beauty salon (Victor Gorda of Calgary), a drugstore (Robert Steed of Lethbridge), a laundromat and dry cleaning outfit, a convenience goods store, a restaurant, a theatre, a liquor store and a bakery.

Construction is to begin on the north end of the shopping centre which contains the Overwaitea store and there is a possibility of this north end opening in June.

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