Fanshawe To Announce Downtown Expansion

Photo from Kingmill's Facebook page.

Officials from Fanshawe College will announce¬†what’s being called a “proposal to dramatically expand its downtown campus” on Thursday afternoon.

A news conference has been scheduled for 2pm at the school’s downtown Performing Arts Campus on Dundas St., where it is expected the college will announce the purchase of the Kingsmill’s building.

The iconic retailer announced in September it would close, with President Tim Kingsmill planning his retirement. The 148-year-old department store will stay open until its entire inventory is sold, then Kingsmill will retire.

Rumours began circulating that Fanshawe was interested in the property after the college announced in January that it would not go forward with the purchase of the Market Tower at Dundas St. and Richmond St.