Shopping around

Selection, convenience and one-of-a-kind design continue to draw crowds to CrossIron Mills 

Bigger isn’t always better. However, CrossIron Mills is a classic example of the perfect combination of quantity and quality. The ambitious retail development has enjoyed smooth sailing, even through periods of economic downturn, and become the go-to shopping centre for area residents and visitors alike.

Located in Rocky View County, just north of Calgary on Highway 2, CrossIron Mills occupies 1.4 million square feet across 674 acres of land. It offers 200 specialty stores and premium-brand outlets, as well as 17 large-format anchor stores.

While mall patrons sing its praises, some feared the timing of its launch in 2009 might start things off on the wrong foot.

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Space to grow

Kipp McGonigal and his family built their forever home at Cooper’s Crossing

With a background in cabinetmaking and a flair for design, it’s no wonder that Kipp McGonigal is passionate about architecture. So, when it came time to build his family’s dream home, he turned to McKee Homes, an Airdrie-based design/build firm he had worked with previously to great success.

With four kids ages eight through 11 and a pet bunny, the McGonigals wanted to create a family-friendly space in a family-friendly neighbourhood. It also needed to be a home that could take McGonigal and his wife through their retirement years. They found the perfect lot, located on a park in the Airdrie community of Cooper’s Crossing, and set their long-awaited plan into motion.

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Airdrie appeal

Affordability, community and amenities have drawn many to Calgary’s northern neighbour

While most people take great care to choose the place they want to call home, one could say Airdrie chose Wendie and John Pilkington. More precisely, their son and his growing family chose Airdrie for them, when he relocated from England to a new job in the city of nearly 65,000.

Since 2014, the elder Pilkingtons have resided in Cooper’s Crossing, which has been voted Airdrie’s best community for five years in a row.

“Airdrie is where the kids are and that’s where we are,” said Wendie Pilkington, admitting that even when they first moved, they weren’t sure they would remain. After nearly 30 years of living in England’s comparatively grey climes, Airdrie’s year-round sunshine was particularly attractive.

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