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#Retail Real Estate    02/10/2018

Retail Real Estate Inspiration in Canada

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The holiday season is vital to shopping centers, malls and retail spaces worldwide, so it’s essential to get your Christmas lighting and decoration right.

Today we’ll learn how it’s possible to transform 18 commercial centers for the festive season using festive lighting and decoration. 

Introducing the Cadillac Fairview Corporation

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation owns, operates and develops one of the most prestigious and important commercial building portfolios in North America, and we helped them fill 18 of their shopping centers with holiday cheer.

Valued at more than $28 billion, their Canadian portfolio includes over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties in Canada.

They wanted to transform 18 of their commercial centers for the festive season using festive lighting and decoration. They were seeking a festive decorative lighting supplier who could not only design, manufacture and install original, themed concepts in each of their centers, but a supplier who could also manage the disassembly, maintenance and storage of the interior and exterior décor. In short, they wanted to work with a creative, innovative supplier who could offer a full-service approach and deliver a unique visual experience for their almost 45 million visitors.

Enter MK Illumination Canada East

MK Illumination Canada East won the three-year contact for the project alongside a second supplier, Studio Artefact, by offering a complete solution that other suppliers were unable to compete with.

Each of the 18 centers are leaders in their respective markets, and with that in mind, MK Illumination knew that it was essential that each center’s festive decorative lighting was tailor-made to enhance the space and facade to create a visual experience that resonated with visitors. The centers all formed part of the Cadillac Fairview Corporation, so it was also necessary to ensure that there was a consistent theme running through each of the centers, too.

To achieve this, MK Illumination Canada worked closely with the client’s creative and marketing team, helping them turn their creative vision into reality.

MK Illumination’s team produced over 400 decorative items, delivering showstopper pieces ranging from opulent, oversized floor decoration and lighting that included walk-through ornaments and LED woodland creatures like reindeer and moose, to stunning customized suspended embellishments. They also delivered festive outdoor fireside lounges, equipping spaces with fire pits where guests could warm up, relax and enjoy the fireside ambience on Muskoka chairs and benches whilst enjoying food and filling up on holiday cheer from participating vendors.

Decorating the 18 centers took place over 13 days. The installation took place outside of business hours and involved installing items that often needed to suspend in mid-air in a safe and efficient manner. Thanks to careful planning and a thorough installation plan, the project was delivered on time and the lights were switched on to much applause in early November.

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation and their centers were all thrilled the results and saw an increase of visitors over the holiday period whilst the lighting and decoration was in place.

Co-ordinating 18 lighting concepts, all unique and all with a common thread, was a challenge that our team rose to admirably. We were able to create something that both the clients and their visitors love, on time, within budget and to client specifications, which is largely thanks to our years of experience of supplying festive lighting and dealing with tricky timescales,” said Jacinthe Guénette, Managing Director of MK Illumination Canada East.

The centers were filled with festive atmosphere and Christmas cheer, which – combined with MK Illumination’s attention to detail and customer service – resulted in a happy client and the award of future projects.

Inspired? Let’s chat!

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your retail space, shopping center or retail park, get in touch. We’re full of good ideas and we’d love to share them!

If you’d like to know more about this project, why not get in touch with our team at MK Illumination Canada East? They’d be delighted to help!


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