Westview Co-op is ready to answer the long-awaited question of what is going to happen to Greentree Mall.
Earlier this year, the Co-op grocery store located in the Greentree Mall checked out their last item and closed their doors for good.
Businesses of the mall have now made arrangements to move elsewhere in the valley, and Westview Co-op General Manager, Dennis Laing explained why.
"The plan will be to shutter the building. Currently, it is costing our membership about half a million dollars a year to remain in operation. That is a net loss. So, a decision had to be made that was in the best interest of the entire membership of the Co-op and that decision was made to close the mall in 2019."
Current tenants have until March 1, 2019, to pack up, but the future is promising for the association.
"Short term, the building will remain standing and will be kept in good repair, until a decision is made on what the future of that site looks like. Our guests and our members, strongly support our other businesses, that being the gas bar and the home building store at that site," he explained. "That support will afford us the opportunity to remain sustainable for future generations."
Laing goes on to say that he is excited for the future opportunities that the property could bring as it is extremely rare to have a flat piece of land in Drumheller.
"The assets there are ageing, and in some point in time, they are going to need to be changed in some way, shape or form. With the mall draining us of a half million dollars a year, that sort of limited that possibility. But if we can get away from that and have that land available for expansion, there are endless possibilities of what that site could actually look like," concluded Laing.