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The Vancouver Sun reports that the waterpark located to the west of the 1.2 million square foot  Tsawwassen Mills Mall is going to reopen with a new 99 year leaseholder, the Executive Hotels and Resorts. This Vancouver based firm will also be building a 200 unit hotel adjacent to the waterpark site as a place for you to spend the night when you come to Delta to enjoy the shopping and the waterpark. And if you really like spending the night and shopping, they are also planning a residential development on the former Class 1 floodplain farmland.

As a spokesman said: “We did want to diversify a little bit and not just focus on one target audience. We want to make this the top attraction in the Lower Mainland. With Tsawwassen Mills, the Tsawwassen Springs golf course, Tsawwassen Commons and the waterpark, Tsawwassen is really turning into an entertainment and shopping destination.”

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Location of Tsawwassen Commons serving residents within a seven minute drive

Yes, that is what they said. The new local serving mall beside Tsawwassen Mills which is called Tsawwassen Commons contains 100 stores and 550,000 square feet, the same retail square footage of Ladner and Tsawwassen combined. That mall  is designed to steer residents away from the two town centres.But never mind that.  Or the fact that the American border with much more diverse shopping experience is just twenty minutes away. Or the fact that a lot of folks buy their goods on-line. Or the fact that a lot of people  just don’t drive to shop and sleep at big enclosed malls.

 “We have established an exciting mixed use commercial/residential development plan, which includes a complete refurbishment of the waterpark, which is already underway, plus a new Executive Hotel. We will be open for business this summer and look forward to welcoming back all of the waterpark’s loyal guests, as well as thousands of new guests to experience the rejuvenated Big Splash waterpark experience.”

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