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Mall expansion to debut today

Collective “oohs” and “aahs” could be heard from the hundreds of Calgarians lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the newly expanded Chinook Centre last night.

Collective “oohs” and “aahs” could be heard from the hundreds of Calgarians lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the newly expanded Chinook Centre last night.

Officially opening today, 3,400 people were able to catch a sneak peek of 50 additional stores in the mall’s new wing that took over two years to complete.

“It’s over the top. It’s been a five-year project in the making and I really think Calgarians are going to be very excited and happy,” Chinook Centre general manager Terri Napper said.

“There are a lot of amazing stores for a fashion-forward city like Calgary.”

Invited Calgarians were treated to cocktails, food, shopping deals and mingling as they browsed the $275-million expansion that spans over 180,000 square feet.

The highly anticipated Apple store was a draw for many at the launch, and Mark Simpson said he’s excited to have the popular store “so close to home.”

“I think this was a long time coming and I’m probably going to end up spending way too much money,” he added.

The expansion officially opens this morning at 8 a.m.

 
 
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