Category: Niagara Falls Shopping

    New “Photo Studio” area off driveway on Clifton Hill

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    Squeezed in between the back of Funnel Cakes and the back of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, there is a new area with a sign that reads “Photo Studio”. There are a couple of photo booths under it where you can get your photo taken and put on a Niagara Falls related background.

    Niagara Square closes its doors

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    I know this isn’t directly related to the tourism area of Niagara Falls, but if you’ve been to the city more than a couple of times, changes are you ended up at Niagara Square.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s the end of an era at Niagara Square.

    The enclosed area of the Montrose Road mall closed on Sunday, marking the end of the 40-year-old shopping centre.

    When the closure was announced in January, a RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Co. representative said the company, which owns an interest in the shopping centre, will be making “a significant investment into a redevelopment plan that will transform the enclosed areas of Niagara Square into an updated retail environment with additional parking stalls for shoppers.”

    No timeline has been given for the project.

    Photography business rising from the ashes

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It was a nightmare.

    K.J. Dong Jia was at home on January 15, 2016 when he received a call from his alarm company.

    A fire, deliberately set, had swept through his themed photography business on Victoria Avenue near Clifton Hill.

    “I came right away,” the 35-year-old father of three recalled. “It was such a nightmare.”

    Damage was pegged at $300,000.

    “I had to rebuild everything,” he said.

    Jia had opened Allways Antique Photo in the heart of the city’s tourism sector in 2012 after operating similar operations in Toronto and Alberta.

    The business is a combination of what Jia knows best – business and photography.

    Niagara Square to close

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    I know this isn’t directly related to tourism, it is still something that may affect tourists coming to the area.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Square will close May 1 as part of plan to re-invent the beleaguered north end shopping centre.

    RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Company, which owns an interest in the 404,351-square-foot property, sent notices to tenants Friday on behalf of the mall owners.

    The notice states tenants must vacate the property in April and the mall will close May 1.

    While officials at RioCan were unavailable for comment, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said he has had regular contact with the corporation and has been told the inside of the mall will be demolished and replaced by an outdoor-style mall similar to the Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Changes coming to Souvenir City

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    Another notice I saw on the city website (or here if the city website link changes) was about some changes at Souvenir City on River Road. I can’t really tell what the changes are physically, but they are trying to change some parking requirements, as well as increase the floor area of the development.

    Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante expanding?

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    As a follow-up to my “Center Gift Shop” torn down for a parking lot posting last week, regular visitor Drafty found a document on the city web site (or here if the city website link changes) that indicates that Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante will be expanding into the space where Center Gift Shop was. A public meeting was held back at the beginning of November.

    I guess until they are ready to expand, it’ll be used as a parking lot.

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