"Our new Giant Tiger store has been a perfect fit with the resurgence of Winnipeg's downtown area. Sales are meeting our high expectations and we are very pleased to be in a position to grow with the increasing business and consumer activity around us."
– Edward Kennedy, President and CEO, The NorthWest Company.
Downtown Winnipeg is home to 13,000 people. Employees working downtown number 68,000 and thousands more are on the way with major developments such as the Manitoba Hydro headquarters.
More than 12,000 post-secondary students attend classes daily downtown. The newly opened Red River College Princess Street Campus alone is responsible for bringing about 2,200 staff and students into the Exchange District every day.
Every day, thousands of Winnipeggers and tourists – who have their pick of some 3,000 downtown hotel rooms – enjoy the countless entertainment, cultural, dining, professional service and shopping options available downtown.
The new wayfinding signage system and maps will be valuable tools for Winnipeggers and visitors needing directions to various downtown destinations.
Downtown's two-kilometre, climate-controlled walkway system, which will be expanded in conjunction with major building projects, provides access to some 1.8 million square feet of retail space, many restaurants, 20 office complexes and financial centres, 700 apartment units, and two hotels.
Downtown features three shopping malls – City Place, The Shops of Winnipeg Square and Portage Place. Shopping and dining in The Exchange District and at The Forks are also favourite pastimes for Winnipeggers and visitors alike.
All told, downtown boasts about 260 retail shops and 190 restaurants and eateries.