The announcement on Monday came the day before the city’s finance and economic development committee will vote on whether to commit to the Lansdowne redevelopment plan. City council will vote on Oct. 10.
Sporting Life will open a 43,000 square foot store at Bank Street and Holmwood Avenue in the fall of 2014, according to a release from the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, which is developing the park alongside the city.
The store will feature gear from designers such as Canada Goose and Barbour, as well as equipment including bikes, skis, racquets and shoes.
Founded in Toronto in 1979, Sporting Life now has more than 600 employees in four stores – three in the Greater Toronto Area and one in Collingwood.
“Sporting Life is considered to be a premier lifestyle retail destination for fashion, sporting goods and athletic wear in Canada and will be a major retail attraction to draw shoppers from across the city,” stated John Ruddy, an OSEG partner and CEO of the Trinity Group.
In a report released last week, retail consultant firm J. C. Williams Group stated that almost three-quarters of the Lansdowne retail space has been leased or is in final negotiations, but only named Whole Foods and Empire Theatres as examples.
An LCBO has also been previously listed as a tenant for the Lansdowne retail development.