Are you dreaming of a European getaway, but the 8-hour flight might be a little too long for your taste? Good news! Now you can get a taste of the stunning European architecture that the continent is so well known for mere minutes outside of Edmonton’s downtown core.
The beautiful new development is called Manchester Square and it’s located on the northwest corner of 120 Street and 107 Avenue in Queen Mary Park. This one of a kind building replaces an old brick warehouse and will now be home to 20 locally owned shops and businesses.
“The project is trying to emanate Europe and the European lifestyle. The whole strategy behind the design is to entice tenants and patrons to enjoy the design and style," said Anton Morgulis, the developer from 76 Group Co, the company responsible for making Manchester Square come to life.
When Morgulis was asked why he decided to create such a unique project like this in Edmonton, his answer was simple.
“You can take a boy out of Europe, but you can’t take Europe out of a boy. I love Europe, I’m from there and I travel there annually. I can’t imagine anything more exciting. In terms of lifestyle and architecture, I knew that something like this didn’t exist in Edmonton or even in North America.”
Manchester Square will be home to a variety of tenants including restaurants, coffee shops, micro-breweries, flower shops, retail spaces and even a cannabis shop to fit right into the space as it is designed to look like Amsterdam. The square will have a bicycle and walking promenade surrounding the facility.
The square will also include an indoor street that makes it look like you’re outside with year-round patios, a similar design to the shopping centre filled with restaurants in the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.
“When I saw the Manchester Square development coming to life, I just loved that a developer is bringing Europe to Edmonton! I love the design, architecture and idea behind Manchester Square,” said Kerri-lyn Holland.
Holland’s love of architecture only grew after spending years in Europe when her husband Jason played professional ice hockey there.
“My interest in architecture and real estate started in my early 20's when I lived in Montreal. My love for that city and the history there is what sparked my interest and appreciation for the historical buildings, different building styles and opened my mind to so many possibilities. In real estate, Jason and I work on a variety of projects and this has given us an outlet to bring our knowledge, experience and love for architecture back to Edmonton,” said Holland.
- Kerri-Lyn’s first apartment in Montreal
There are a number of new developments close to Manchester Square that are helping to bring what was once a warehouse only district, back to life. One of those new developments is Holland Plaza, that is home to well-known Edmonton staples like Cafe Linnea, The Local Omnivore, Duchess Bake Shop, Studio B Fitness and Doughnut Party. 76 Group Co was the developer for this project as well and hopes to see even more local businesses attracted to the area through Manchester Square.
Manchester Square will also include a large parking lot, a beautiful fountain and a hidden alleyway. Every tenant will also have a patio included with their space.
76 Group Co would like to give tenants possession of their spaces this spring with hopes of having the grand opening for Manchester Square this September.
Photos Provided By: 76 Group Co