Did you know that Cornwall Square starts every day looking as fresh as it can. This daily feat is not the result of a small army of gnomes and elves who show up at midnight with mops, buckets, scrub brushes and gobs of magic dust. No, we have a group of very dedicated maintenance team members over two work shifts who join forces after the mall closes for the day to get The Square ready for the next morning. The afternoon shift of Adam, Kody and Amanda devote the last few hours of their workday dealing with the day’s garbage that has been generated and needs to be disposed of, then they collect the daily ration of cardboard generated by the tenants and feed it to the baling machine that spews out large bales to be picked up by our recycler. Then the focus turns to the cleaning of the Food Court area and mall washrooms before calling it a day and turning the interior of the building over to the night shift who carry out major part of the wash, shine and polish portion of the daily routine. The night shift maintenance team members operate for the most part in anonymity, but their work stands out for the shopping public and our tenants to see. The night shift of Ray and Bob work their caring magic from 11:00pm to 7:00am scrubbing the floors with the neatest riding floor scrubber, do some hand mopping of areas as well, washing of the entrance doors glass, vacuuming escalators and elevators along with the entrance mats. The night shift will also carry out some specific projects that cannot be done during the day. The amount of floor space requiring attention covers all the interior pedestrian areas, the rear service hallways, the Food Court floors, the washrooms. Kudos to Ray and Bob who do their best while we sleep so those of us who work at or visit and shop at the mall can do so in a welcoming and clean environment. As a footnote to this paragraph, we welcome back Todd, the mall maintenance team’s Lead Hand from a four-week medical absence that will allow the maintenance team to return to their normal shifts after the past four week period of team adjustments to cover all the tasks that need to be done with fewer people to do it. Duncan, the mall’s Maintenance Supervisor, is to say the least, happy to get the full team back.
Remember that this weekend at The Square, December 9th and 10th, the We3Girls “Merry & Bright – A Christmas Market” in the upper level of the former Sears building. Friday the 9th hours are from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday the 10th hours are from 10:00am to 4:00pm. While at The Marketplace during mall hours from Thursday to Sunday you will find many local crafters and artisans selling their creations. Get your running shoes ready for the adventure.
Remember that the Cornwall New Horizons Band will holding the first of their in-mall concerts on Saturday December 10th from 11:15am to 12:15pm on the upper level in front of the Food Court Christmas display. I am certain that with the proper encouragement they will do encores!
Remember, Shop local, Shop indoors, Shop The Square, and support your local merchants that make up Cornwall’s retail sector.