An Aberdeen Mall retailer has confirmed it will not reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Davids Tea 16 closing 166 of its 184 locations in Canada, including the Kamloops outlet at Aberdeen Mall. The announcement came weeks after the Montreal-based company sought court protection from creditors to restructure.
Davids Tea in Aberdeen Mall opened in 2014. The chain closed all of its stores on March 17 due to the pandemic.
Just one Davids Tea location in B.C. is among the 18 slated to reopen — Pacific Centre in Vancouver. The chain will open three stores in Alberta, one in Winnipeg, five in Ontario, seven in Quebec and one in New Brunswick.
Early in July, Davids Tea said it had not paid rent for any of its storefronts in April, May or June.
Davids Tea is at least the second Aberdeen Mall retailer that will not reopen post-pandemic. A sign on the closed La Senza outlet in the mall indicates that storefront will remain shuttered for good.
Aberdeen Mall welcomed a new major tenant, Marshalls, and was in the midst of significant food court renovations when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted most Canadian retailers — and malls — to close in March.
Aberdeen Mall has since reopened. Work continues on a new Fresh Street Market adjacent to the food court, but no opening date for the grocer has been announced publicly.
Old Navy was also announced as a new major tenant in the mall in November but it has not opened.