The sidewalk to nowhere still leads to nowhere but it takes longer to get there.
After the most recent work pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchairs and moms pushing strollers now have an extra few seconds on a real sidewalk before being dumped into traffic.
I’m not complaining – some sidewalk is better than no sidewalk.
This is the third time they’ve changed the sidewalk plan – wonder why? Only the councillor and his cronies know for sure and they’re not talking.
In other local news, it’s becoming clear that Target is NOT planning to convert the Bells Corners Zellers into a Target store. Apparently the employees have been told they’re got until Christmas and then it’s up to the landlord (Loblaws) to either shut it down or find another tenant for the former K-Mart outlet. Local employees can apply to catch on with a Target store elsewhere in the region or hope that something else opens up in Bells Corners or at Bayshore.
Vito Pilieci: Target paid $1.825 billion in January to acquire the leasehold interests of 220 Zellers store locations, almost all of the company’s stores, in a deal with the owner of Hudson’s Bay Co.
Included on Friday’s list were the iconic Sparks Street Mall Zellers and a store at Les Galeries Gatineau on Maloney Boulevard, although there is no guarantee Target will actually open in those locations. The Sparks Street store, considered by many analysts to be too small for Target’s needs, has been a fixture in downtown Ottawa since 1932.
Leases for a Zellers at Gloucester Centre and another in Hawkesbury are among 39 Target will transfer to rival retailer Walmart Stores in a deal also announced Friday.
The Ottawa locations join previously announced potential stores at Bayshore Shopping Mall, St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Billings Bridge Plaza, Hazeldean Mall, Place d’Orléans and the Meadowlands Shopping Centre, as well as a store in the County Fair Mall in Smiths Falls.
Left off Target’s list are a Zellers location on Robertson Road in Bells Corners, two others in Gatineau and stores in Pembroke, Cornwall and Brockville. Those stores are likely to be sold off to other Canadian retailers.