Egan: Small malls in era of big retail — handy, yes, but sustainable?
Ottawa Citizen

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By Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen, June 21, 2016

There is a pall over the small mall, the evidence growing, east to west.On Monday evening, a modest crowd gathered at the Best Western on Carling Avenue for an open house on the future of Westgate Shopping Centre.

It is, for argument’s sake, the canary in the mine. Opened in 1955, it is the city’s oldest mall and now has 45 stores — but no big “anchor,” like a grocery chain or department store (though the giant Shoppers Drug Mart comes close.)