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Galleria – Now Officially Citi Plaza

As of yesterday (May 7, 2009) galleria has officially become Citi Plaza, as to my previous post on the redevelopment of Galleria I still do no believe that the physical changes made to the “centre” have improved it from an urban design point of view. However it has successfully reinvented itself into an office/shopping/learning/eating destination and cleaned up the southern portion. I was at the opening ceremony on Thursday morning, there were many Citi bank employees and officials as well as others who joined in the morning ceremony. I was hoping for the announcement of a new tenant – maybe the rumored grocery store?- but no luck.

Here are some pictures of what the new entrance off of Wellington Rd. looks like; also there is a couple pictures of the new food court.

The Fox & Fiddle along with Country Style and Cotton Ginny are all now officially open.

The following article is from the London Free Press, about the Fox & Fiddle;

“Pub lovers can return to Citi Plaza, the mall formerly known as Galleria London. The Fox and Fiddle is opening in renovated space vacated by the Elephant and Castle.  Renovations have made the interior brighter and more spacious and a new long bar has been built along one wall.  The face behind the bar will be familiar. John Young,  the veteran bartender from the Elephant and Castle, was one of the 40 people hired to work at the pub. “We saved the best of the old and added something new,” said Mark TenEycke, director of operations for the chain.  The menu features traditional pub favourites such as fish and chips and bangers and mash. But there are also burgers, sandwiches and Asian dishes such as butter chicken and curry.  TenEycke said it’s more than “pub grub,” with an emphasis on quality.  The Fox and Fiddle was founded 20 years ago in Mississauga and has expanded to 20 locations in Ontario and one in British Columbia.  Most of the locations are in the Greater Toronto Area but the chain has also expanded to Hamilton, Guelph and Waterloo. ” Hank Daniszewski is a Free Press business reporter.



May 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Galleria Redevelopment Well Underway

Taking the bus down Wellington last week i couldn’t help but stop at Galleria to check up on the construction that has been on going there for the past year.

While most of the chain stores have left over a decade ago, Galleria has seen a huge transformation. From an Urban Design point of view, I think having a retail mall in the downtown of a city the size of London is a bad idea, as it usually creates empty storefront and quiet streetscapes. However Galleria has transformed itself away from the traditional mall and become a true mixed use center with the new Library, Office spaces, Post Secondary satellite campuses- . Sure many improvements could still be made- such as making whats left of the perimeter of the building, more pedestrian friendly maybe by adding more windows and entrances to get rid of the solid brick walls- but I think they are on the right track.  The new atrium glass entrance is almost complete( they have now taken out concrete barriers placed on Wellington), all that is left is the installation of the architectural panels, new doors and the new sign “Citi Plaza”. Personally I am still on the fence on whether or not I like the design of the new entrance. It seems like it was a quick fix and not much thought was actually put into it. What I mean is that the section between the former Eatons store and King St has so much more potential and it is too bad that all they did was add a  3 storey glass structure and replaced the old glass with new glass adding a metallic gray stripping between them instead of the old green metal. None the less at least they are trying to renovate and create a new identity. The inside looks awesome; it boasts some interesting contemporary ceramic tile floor patterns,  a Stainless steel/ Dark Hardwood look through out the first level, colour changing L.E.D. lighting on the ceilings, new modern washrooms, and a great new foodcourt, which is now downstaires, with 5 food establishments – Arbys, Subway, Golden Wok, Taco Del Mar, Sushi (the name escapes me) and 1 more on the way- soon to open will be a Country Style Bistro Deli which will occupy the space between the Suzy Sheer and the food court.

Fox and Fiddle

Another welcoming addition to the Galleria that will hopefully bring some life to the patio scene on Wellington St. is Fox &  Fiddle which is a pub.  F&F will occupy the space of the former, very dated, Elephant Caslte- that space is also going through a total remodel to fit with the F&F franchise look.

Here are a few pictures of the new entrance to the soon to be CitiPlaza, more pictures will follow when it is complete.



March 27, 2009 at 11:42 am 2 comments

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