Hamilton, Ont.’s Lime Ridge Mall is accelerating into a sustainable future thanks to a 60,000-square-foot Tesla dealership/service centre slated to open next fall.
The electric automaker is constructing its biggest Canadian location at the site of the former Home Outfitters store on the east side of the Cadillac Fairview (CF) owned mall.
Construction of the store began in June of this year with plans for a fall 2024 opening. The sales showroom will be located at the mall entrance.
This location will serve as a southwestern hub for Tesla.
CF Lime Ridge’s ideal location with close proximity to the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway, Red Hill Creek Expressway and Highway 403 make accessibility convenient to draw customers from the London area, Niagara and West of Toronto to Hamilton.
The other planned revamp project includes two 12-storey apartment towers that will be built on the site of the former Sears building.
“The development is planned for the north end of the property, including residential and retail. Preliminary plans are to build two mid-rise residential buildings with approximately 320 rental units and the refurbishing of the former Sears store for new commercial tenants as well as the addition of several restaurants.
“The addition of residential will give the mall a built-in customer base. Our vision is to create a community where people can live, work, shop and eat. This ties with Cadillac Fairview’s purpose which is ‘transforming communities for a vibrant tomorrow,’” said Lime Ridge Mall general manager Andy Traynor.
He also reports CF Lime Ridge, which opened in 1981, continues to be the premier mall in the Hamilton area. It is home to over 175 stores and services.
Other new retail additions besides Tesla include the first-to-market JD Sports store, the recent expansion of the Bath & Body Works store, which is doubling in size and the opening of the first-to-market Mado Cafe this spring. Traynor says these are all good examples of the robust leasing activity at CF Lime Ridge.
According to City of Hamilton building engineering officials, to date, the proposed development at the north end of the property (where the residential units will be located in two proposed towers) has received conditional site plan approval and is not at the building permit stage yet.
An initial permit to prepare space for the Tesla dealership space was issued in May and the building permit application for the interior renovations is pending.
“The City of Hamilton is pleased to welcome this investment to the community and are encouraged for their grand plans for the CF Lime Ridge property. Tesla’s proposed investment will add yet another global brand to the many others that already call Hamilton home — including Amazon, L3 Harris, and DHL. We look forward to continue discussing with Tesla how they can expand their presence here,” said Norm Schleehahn, director of economic development with the City of Hamilton.