In the heart of downtown Strathroy, the Kenwick Mall was once the place to be and after years of quiet amongst the halls, this building is now being given a new life! With a renewed vision of re-creating a place for residents and visitors to gather, Jamie and Sue Looman of Jaslo Properties purchased the former Kenwick Mall in June 2021 under their new business, ‘Front Street Revival.’ For Sue and Jamie, memories of visiting the Kenwick Mall surrounded by other friends and families shopping and socializing come to mind and it’s their hope to see that again as a result of the revitalization. The transformation started by rebranding the mall as “The Shops on Sydenham,” which has already started to become a central hub for the community as more businesses move in. With the addition of these businesses comes the opportunity to boost the economy by creating more jobs and increasing the opportunity to spend locally.
Over the past seven months, the façade of the mall has been transformed to include a modernized entrance as well as eight new storefronts; with one more to be completed in the near future. In front of the mall, they have installed new LED Billboards that are available for advertising. Businesses that already occupied the mall, and are remaining include Food Basics, the Middlesex London Health Unit, Children’s Aid Society and The Duke on Sydenham. Since June of 2021, Playmore Toys & Games, Platinum Hair Co., What the Fork!, and Annie’s Ice Cream have found a new home in The Shops on Sydenham. The couple is so appreciative of each business that continues to take a chance on the revival of the mall, and with more spaces available, noted that they are flexible and willing to negotiate terms with any business interested in opening a store in the revitalized space.
This summer, Sue and Jamie are planning to add new landscaping in the front of the mall and to give the back of the mall a facelift featuring a mural on one of the exterior walls. And to allow the Shops on Sydenham to continue to evolve, they have decided to host indoor seasonal retail markets to utilize the common space and increase foot traffic. The mall hosted its first official event in December called ‘Christmas at The Shops’ featuring an indoor Christmas market along with photos with Santa. After receiving such a tremendous response from patrons, they plan to host this event annually and the community can look forward to more events in 2022; starting with a spring market that will be held on April 30th from 10:00am to 6:00pm with free admission.
“We want to say thank you to the community of Strathroy-Caradoc and the surrounding area, for all the support they’ve shown us since it was announced that we purchased the mall. We have been so appreciative of the continued support and we are very excited to see what the future holds for The Shops on Sydenham!” says Sue. If you or your business is interested in learning more about the mall, leasing opportunities, or advertising on the new LED Billboards please reach out using the provided contact information. For updates, follow their social media pages on Facebook (The Shops on Sydenham) and Instagram (@frontstreetrevival).
Office Contact Info:
Phone: 519-245-3030 (all mall inquires including LED signs)