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Jackson Square is pleased to announce the arrival of a full service supermarket in downtown Hamilton

August 16, 2012

Jackson Square is pleased to announce the arrival of a full service supermarket in downtown Hamilton

Nations Fresh Food will be opening a major new supermarket in Jackson Square Mall in the Spring of 2013. The store will be located at the West end of the mall, near the intersection of Bay and Market Streets. Nations will open a full service supermarket, providing an excellent multi-ethnic fresh food shopping experience.

This 55,000 square feet supermarket, owned by the Ocean’s Fresh Food Group, will be the largest in the chain and the second to operate under the Nations banner. The store will feature foods of the world under one roof, a large fresh fish market, meat and deli counters, extensive fruit and vegetable markets, a large salad bar, in-store bakery and international prepared foods for eat-in and take-out.

This new full service supermarket represents a key missing piece in the puzzle of downtown renewal. Nations Fresh Food will provide a necessary service in the heart of the City, and will promote further residential development in and around the core.

“This announcement justifies the new confidence being expressed about the vibrant future of the Downtown core. Since its opening 40 years ago Jackson Square has been an outstanding corporate citizen of Hamilton, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and maintaining its buildings to the highest standards. It’s fitting that the City’s anchor downtown property was chosen by Nations to host their newest store. My sincere congratulations as Mayor to both landlord and tenant for their exciting new contribution to the growth of our City.” – Mayor Bob Bratina.

Everyday low prices, combined with a wide product selection will make Nations a destination for all grocery shoppers. People living in downtown Hamilton will now be able to easily walk or take transit for all of their grocery shopping. Also, downtown office workers will be able to pick-up either a quick take-out dinner or do their weekly grocery shopping before heading home.

The Hamilton Farmers Market will directly benefit from having a full service supermarket in close proximity. This symbiotic relationship will allow shoppers a “one-stop” grocery experience, combining buying weekly staples with buying wonderful fresh, local foods from the regions best farmers market. This combination will create a new destination for fresh food in the heart of City.

Jackson Square will be investing significant capital improvements to prepare for the arrival of Nations, including new elevators which will allow easy access from the mall to our ample, convenient underground parking. Combined with the fact that Nations will be building an entirely new store, the total new investment in Hamilton will be in excess of seven million dollars ($7,000,000.00). Once open, Nations will employ in excess of 200 people.

Now in its 40th year, Jackson Square has always been the heart and soul of downtown Hamilton. A new energy has come to the mall, with expansions and new stores over the last year. The mall vacancy is now under 10%, and discussions are currently underway with a number of new retailers.

We are certain that securing the lease with Nations Fresh Food will act as a catalyst for downtown renewal and redevelopment. As a long standing corporate partner, Jackson Square is proud to make this important contribution to the renewal of downtown Hamilton.

Jackson Square 40th Anniversary

Where were you on August 22, 1972? If you lived in Hamilton, you probably remember the opening of Jackson Square, one of Canada’s most ambitious downtown redevelopment projects. Jackson square continued to grow over the years, and has become the hub of downtown Hamilton. And now the first phase is turning 40! We will be celebrating with many events around the mall and some photo galleries of our shared past.

Come join in the celebration!

  • Morning coffee receptions in the lobbies of 100 King Street West, 110 King Street West and 120 King Street West, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Free public tours of the 21st storey of the tower at 100 King Street West.
  • Live-to-air broadcasting on-location at Jackson Square by Bill Kelly on 900 CHML radio.
  • A special anniversary gallery depicting the construction of Jackson Square at the King and James entrance.
  • Printing and distribution of special anniversary tote bags containing special coupons for use at Jackson Square retailers.
  • Live entertainment on the rooftop of Jackson Square.
  • Hosting of the Start2Finish Event – a local community event where the people of Hamilton can volunteer to help pack 1,100 backpacks with school supplies for underprivileged local students.

August Feature – AMEC Place

AMEC Place may not have a lot of vacancy but we still have 3 opportunities in the 4 – 5,000 sq ft range. These three pockets are built out so they could be leased on an as is basis. Alternatively, we are happy to provide an allowance or perform construction in the space to enable the tenant to tailor the space to their specific needs.

We are able to announce now that we have secured Marcello’s Market & Deli for the building. Construction will begin next month and we are looking forward to having this additional amenity in the building for our tenants.

4,097 640 Well-configured, nicely decorated office space with elevator exposure. Very efficient oil and gas space. PDF
4,564 1630 Eleven exterior offices, kitchen, open area, reception. PDF
4,175 1850 Nicely laid out office space with elevator exposure. Available for fixturing November 1, 2012. PDF

Call us today for more information.

Hamilton Ontario’s resident Peregrine Falcons once again engaged the community

Hamilton resident Peregrine Falcons

Hamilton, Ontario’s resident Peregrine Falcons, Madam X and Surge have once again engaged the community.

April 5th, 2012 the Hamilton Community Peregrine Project was able to confirm that the pair had laid 4 eggs.

Three eggs hatched between May 4th and May 6th, 2012 (the fourth did not hatch as sometimes happens).

The chicks were banded May 31st, 2012. There were three boys – Beckett (682 grams), Felker (671 grams) and Tiffany, who weighed in at a trim 641 grams.  The chicks were quite calm during the weighing and banding process.

As in 2006, this year’s chicks were named after more of Hamilton’s waterfalls. Lower Beckett Falls, named after the Beckett Family who owned the surrounding lands in the early 1900s, is a ‘Ribbon Cascade and Falls’ whose water flows under Beckett Drive on the escarpment just east of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Its flow is prominent during rainfalls and the winter snow melt. Felker’s Falls, located in eastern Hamilton on Davis Creek, a branch of Red Hill Creek, is a ‘Terraced Ribbon Falls’ on land formerly owned by Joseph Benjamin Felker, who was born and lived his entire life on that property. Tiffany Falls, located in the Tiffany Falls Conservation Area in Ancaster, is a ‘Cascade Waterfall’ fed by Tiffany Creek. All three were named after Dr. Oliver Tiffany, the district’s first doctor, who came to Ancaster Township in 1796 and served the population of the village and area for forty years.

By June 18th, 2012 all three chicks have taken flight and are practicing their new skill.

If you are in downtown Hamilton be sure to drop by and see the Falconwatch live video from the Peregrine nest in our Jackson Square Mall television monitor and information station.  Falconwatch would like to thank the Jackson Square Dental Office for once again sharing their booth with the monitor and information signs.


Jackson Square – Swing Space for The Hamilton Wentworth-District School Board

Jackson Square - Hamilton Office Real EstateWe are pleased to announce that First Real Properties Limited, Second Real Properties Limited and Fourth Real Properties Limited have secured swing space for the Hamilton Wentworth-District School Board in order for them to vacate their current downtown Education Centre to make way for the new McMaster University Health Campus.  Slated to open in 2014, it is estimated that approximately 54,000 Hamiltonians will receive care at the Downtown Health Campus. The proximity of Jackson Square (adjacent to the Downtown Health Campus) will provide our office and retail tenants with increased daily pedestrian traffic, in addition to our current 12 million, to promote their goods and services to all Hamiltonians.

McMaster Downtown Health Campus moves ahead (McMaster Daily News)


830 Dixon Road Leased

820 Dixon Road TorontoIt is with great pleasure that we announce the leasing of 830 Dixon Road located in Toronto, Ontario. First Real Properties Limited has entered into a long term Lease on this 18,579 square foot stand alone Building.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Brokers who have introduced this project to prospective tenants and look forward to your continued business.

Special thanks to John Paddon of Colliers for his assistance in leasing it and for introducing Metafore Technologies Inc. (www.metafore.ca) to their future home.  Welcome Metafore!

Suite 1620 in the Bantrel Tower is available!

This month we are featuring a new opportunity.

This 7,308 sq. ft. newly renovated pocket offers an excellent combination of open area, plus standard and executive sized offices. The suite offers glass entry doors with direct access to the elevators, and a rendering is available to show how this space can be modified to add more offices.

Call us today for more information.

About the building

Bantrel Tower is located at 700 6th Avenue S.W., Calgary, on the northwest corner. It has an underground parking with excellent adjoining parking. Bantrel Tower is in a non-congested location in the west end, yet still close to the downtown core.


+15 access to all of the downtown system
Conference room available to tenants
On-site food and coffee bar
Close to downtown shopping

Other Units Available in this building

Sq.Ft. Suite Description
3,231 110 Main floor retail that can be split, with direct access onto 6th Avenue.
4,131 1950 Perimeter offices with an open bullpen area, available September 1, 2012.

Introducing the Real Properties Limited Blog

Welcome to the first installment of the blog for First, Second and Fourth Real Properties Limited. You may have noted that we have changed our Web Site to reflect a new combined identity for our companies as the Real group of properties. This has been done for ease of communication and identification, however the individual companies have not changed names and all of our property ownership is unchanged. We will be using this blog to inform you of new developments in the leasing and management of our properties and to share other information. We have also launched a vacancy update feature that will allow subscribers to get immediate notification of any vacancy changes. Subscribing to this blog and our vacancy updates is easy and can be done on our Site.

We look forward to being able to provide timely and accurate information that will help all of us. Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you soon!