History

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Since 1995, Valentinos is very fortunate to have served Edmonton, and the patrons from our Bourbon Street location in West Edmonton Mall for over fourteen (14) years. Many, many thanks to all the dear customers we met from all over the world.  One of our sayings,  We never know who will walk through our doors today? Especially fortunate to cater for many prominent patrons, from the Rolling Stones to Patrick Swayze (when he was filming his movie made here in West Edmonton Mall, what a gentleman!

Now we have made a commitment, to change our business, our livelihood, for the better.  It has been a very difficult decision for me and my family to leave Bourbon Street. At Valentinos in West Edmonton Mall, we experienced the best time of our lives, personally and business-wise. My late beautiful husband and I were ever so thankful for the opportunity to open Valentinos in such a fine location, a place where people from all
over the world visit.

We wish to thank the Ghermezians for the consistent, patient and moral business support we received throughout years.

West Edmonton Mall is truly a wonderful ambassador for tourism in Edmonton and Canada. At Valentinos we found prosperity. We also went through difficult times particularly in 1999 when my husband passed away after losing his battle with cancer.

I do not know how we made it through his passing, but we held together and Valentinos really was a second home for my children and I. We thank our devoted staff for helping us through the hard time we endured. We also thank Raphael Ghermezian, a truly classy and kind-hearted businessman. He and his administrative staff gave us a feeling of security as my beloved husband was fighting for his life. This allowed us to focus on my husband's difficult fight, one that eventually took his life.

To Don Ghermezian, the president of West Edmonton Mall, thank you so much for your time and patience while we made the decision to end our lease.

This is a new chapter in our lives and we will always look back gratefully and with a warm heart for having been part of this beautiful mall, having been able to cater to our beloved customers throughout the years.

To all of the customers that supported us, we are so forever thankful. Being an independent small business, it would have been very difficult to survive without your loyalty. You always came back and showed us your support, and for that we will always be grateful. Many came back to visit us again and again, from around the corner, around the globe.

We also want to wish the new tenants, best of luck and prosperity. Valentinos will be opening again in a new way, with some truly innovative ideas for food and service. Please keep in touch with us Šwe will be updating our website with our new business adventure soon!

With a great sense of pride, Valentinos says goodbye for now. We thank you all so much for this incredible ride. We would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

With Love,

Najah Shtay, Family and Staff