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Our Vision

What makes King’s Crossing work? Location. Concept. Experience.

Location

Located along the busy highway corridor between Montreal/Ottawa and Toronto, King’s Crossing Fashion Outlets is built on a highway-fronting site along Highway 401 at the Division Street exit – the busiest off-ramp on the TransCanada Highway. With such high traffic and high visibility,
it is the logical “halfway rest stop” for over 100,000 vehicles that travel past it on a daily basis. And to entice travelers to plan their stop, King’s Crossing welcomes them with upgraded restrooms and food services, together with ample parking. During this travel break, a walk to stretch their legs will allow visitors to enjoy an experience that only King’s Crossing can offer.

In addition to these “passing-through” visitors, Kings Crossing will boast a wide range of
other constituents:

 

  • Over 2.6 million tourists flock to Kingston annually to enjoy numerous festivals, as well as cruises and visits to the nearby 1000 Islands.
  • 1.4 Million people live within a 75 minute drive of Kingston
  • Over 200,000 people live in the Greater Kingston area, many of whom are well-educated and high-income consumers.
  • Kingston is the location for 3 major post-secondary institutions, including Queen’s University. The students attending these schools can be both eager consumers and a stable and readily available labour force.
Map showing Kingston relative to other major cities in the area

Over 2.6 million tourists clock to Kingston annually to enjoy numerous festivals, as well as cruises and visits to the nearby 1000 Islands.

Concept

We see a lot in the news about how Canadian shoppers flock to US outlets, so they know what they are supposed to be – nice environments with a full depth and breadth of merchandise and a strong value proposition.

But, Canadian outlet centers have lost something in the translation. They have evolved into strip malls with a large percentage of vertically integrated retailers selling on the 30/30/30 concept.

Calling them “outlets” alone hasn’t provided customers with the true “outlet experience” that they have sought, and they have been disappointed.

King’s Crossing changes that…

King’s Crossing redefines and elevates the level of outlet centers in Canada – a return to the roots of the outlet industry and what makes it work – manufacturers and retailers with quality merchandise selling at a strong value proposition in a shopping environment that promotes an enjoyable experience, and that that encourages customers to extend their stay.

King’s Crossing Fashion Outlets represents the best of the outlet industry – a great highway location at the meeting point of 3 major population centers, a superior and attractive pedestrian-friendly village-style design, proximity to a strong residential market AND high levels of tourism, an eager and excited local population and employment base, and an experienced and professional development team with extensive backgrounds in project development and market penetration.

photos of women walking with shopping bags and a minivan full of shopping bags with kids looking out the hatch from their seat

Over 2.6 million tourists clock to Kingston annually to enjoy numerous festivals, as well as cruises and visits to the nearby 1000 Islands.

Experience

The King’s Crossing development team is made up of a team of highly qualified professionals. Knightstone Capital Management, headquartered in Toronto, is the development company and brings extensive retail development and market knowledge to the project. Realty Advisors First Corporation, or RAFCO is an experienced retail real estate brokerage firm with all the related disciplines and foresight needed to continue King’s Crossing path to fruition.
Kings Crossing Fashion Outlets in Kingston is an outlet project in an under-served market that is appealing, intriguing, and inviting to the consumer by providing branded merchandise at substantially reduced prices in an attractive and shopper-friendly environment.

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Over 2.6 million tourists clock to Kingston annually to enjoy numerous festivals, as well as cruises and visits to the nearby 1000 Islands.

Team Bios

David Lehberg, President and CEO
davidl@k-cap.com

David Lehberg is the founder of Knightstone. As President and CEO, David provides the vision and leadership for Knightstone and is integrally involved in all facets of Knightstone’s business including: commercial real estate acquisition, identifying and structuring opportunities, deal structuring, development of professional and strategic alliances, executive management, asset management and investor relations.

David began his career in real estate in 1987 on the brokerage side of the industry. Over the subsequent decade, he was actively involved in a wide variety of real estate transactions and gained extensive experience in the real estate industry from the ground up.

The next stage in David’s career path was in joining a private investment firm, where he attained the position of Vice President. This organization has mixed assets in Canada and the United States, and during David’s tenure, increased its focus on investment grade retail, multi-residential, office, and retail development.

David founded Knightstone Capital Management Inc. In 2001, and in the ensuing years, his personal touch – the product of his many years of focused experience – proved to be perfectly suited to a “boutique” real estate company. Under his watchful guidance, Knightstone has quickly emerged as a leader in the field of real estate development and investment and has gained a reputation for quality assets and consistent results.

David is happily married with three children. He is also passionate about community service and was 2007/2008 Co-Chair of the National Advisory Committee for Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Awareness at Canadian Blood Services, and is the 2009 Corporate Chair for Blood Donation for Toronto.

 

Kelly Pekalski, Director of Leasing
kellyp@k-cap.com

Kelly Pekalski is responsible for leasing across the Knightstone Portfolio including lease negotiations, lease management, business development and fostering tenant relationships. Kelly works closely with the construction and property management teams to coordinate retail leasing and development.

Prior to joining Knightstone Kelly worked on the brokerage side of the industry with a focus on retail leasing. Kelly is a licensed real estate professional and is an active member of the real estate community through her participation in NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC), on the ICSC Next Generation Program Planning Committee.

Kelly holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics.

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