Calgary’s Business: What’s the history of Willow Park Village?
Greco: Willow Park first welcomed shoppers in 1978. At that time, the Village opened to the community with a variety of stores ranging in diverse product offerings. Over the years, Willow Park Village has been the ultimate destination for shopping and dining. The Village was acquired by Western Securities in 2003 from its previous owner and has been a valued asset for the organization ever since.
CB: Why is it considered to be in a prime location in Calgary?
Greco: Willow Park Village is a mainstay in the Calgary community. Its location along Macleod Trail boasts excellent accessibility for the neighbouring communities as well as transit commuters for its proximity to the Anderson LRT Station. The Village is home to many local business owners and with over 15 exclusive retailers at Willow Park Village, the centre truly does draw from all areas of the city.
CB: What is the mix of tenants there currently?
Greco: Our mix of tenants delivers a unique and unparalleled shopping experience. The Village offers a curated retail mix of boutique fashion, home furnishings, cuisine, accessories, and more. The Village offers shoppers a very inclusive shopping experience, whether you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all the daily essentials or want to enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon, Willow Park Village is your shopping destination.
CB: What plans do you have for the future at the shopping centre?
Greco: Willow Park Village just recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. We celebrated with a birthday party pop-up event at the Village with shopper giveaways, special prizes, and exclusive promotions. The excitement around the event and the engagement from the community and shoppers truly amplified how important the Village is to the community of Calgary. This was a significant milestone for the centre and for Western Securities and we’re very excited to continue serving our shoppers for years to come.
CB: What’s your sense of how the retail market is faring in Calgary these days?
Greco: The retail landscape is evolving, and shoppers are redefining their desired shopping experience. At Willow Park Village, our centre’s unique shopping experience and well curated mix of retailers brings our shoppers coming back time and time again. Calgarians love local and place a significant value in that regard. he Village offers the community and its shoppers the local boutique experience that they’ve come to love and enjoy, which at Western Securities, we believe sets the centre apart.
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