It is rare for a city to be given an opportunity to build a brand new neighbourhood in the heart of its downtown. When it happens, it is usually the result of an industry that was once the economic engine relocating out of the modern core.
A string of new infill developments is helping bring new life to two of St. Boniface's oldest commercial strips: Marion and Goulet.The most recent developments include five infill projects on Marion Street and one on Goulet Street.
Another major new combatant is entering Winnipeg's increasingly competitive grocery store sector, although shoppers will likely have to wait at least a year for a chance to check it out.Vancouver-based Save-On-Foods, which is part of the Jim Pattison Group of companies, confirmed Monday it will become the new anchor tenant in the Northgate Shopping Centre at 1399 McPhillips St.Company spokeswoman Julie Dickson Olmstead said the company will take over a large chunk of the former Zellers space in the mall, with the goal of having the store open for business by the fall of 2016.There were media reports Monday that Save-On-Foods will open a store in the Bridgwater Forest development in southwest Winnipeg.
For the second time in 15 years, there are high hopes for 311 Portage Avenue.Back in 2000, some prognosticators predicted -- incorrectly, as it turned out -- that the new A & B Sound store would be the springboard for the rebirth of downtown Winnipeg.
It might be the worst-kept secret in the city's restaurant and hospitality community -- Browns Socialhouse is coming to downtown Winnipeg. An official announcement is expected Tuesday, but all signs point to the Vancouver-based "upscale family dining" operator to move into a 7,000-square-foot space in the recently opened Alt Hotel.
MATTHEW CORRIN says he can't disclose much about a significant partnership his Toronto-based Freshii fast-casual, super-healthy restaurant chain is announcing in the coming weeks. But the former Winnipegger is more than happy to talk about how excited he is that no less than four Freshii outlets are in the works for Winnipeg.
Entrepreneurship involves taking risks, and local clothing designer Myles Genido realized it was time to stick his neck out.Until now, the four-year-old streetwear-clothing company he and Justin Cansino founded, called Mighty Malicious X Delicious, had been operating as a part-time, online business.
THE West End is undergoing a renaissance and another group of developers is hoping to get in on the action by building a five-storey condo complex on a mainly commercial/ industrial stretch of Burnell Street. Consulting engineer Alan Roberts and residential property manager/ investor Brett McLaren hope to build their 34- to 36-unit, $8-million, W.E. Lofts (pronounced We Lofts) complex on an empty lot at 361 Burnell St. Roberts said they need to pre-sell 23 of the units, hopefully by the end of A
The Quebec-based Simons department store chain is still keen to open a store in Winnipeg, but it won’t be in the former Target store on St. James Street. “We’ve looked at the Target and said, ‘It’s not for us,’ ” said an official with DTZ Canada, the real estate firm that is helping the expansion-minded Simons find suitable new store locations in Canada. Don Rogers, DTZ’s senior vice-president of retail and business development, said Simons prefers its stores be attached to a major shopping mall
Another new restaurant/lounge has opened in downtown Winnipeg, this time on Portage Avenue.The 100-seat The Planit Restaurant and Lounge opened on the weekend at 285 Portage Ave. (on the north side of the street a few doors west of Smith Street).
The once-notorious Merchants Hotel will soon begin its transformation from a crime hub to a place to learn and live. Rob Neufeld, executive director of the North End Renewal Corporation, said Winnipeggers should start seeing the first signs of the hotel's rebirth into a satellite campus of the University of Winnipeg along with housing when demolition crews and equipment begin to tear down the building on Selkirk Avenue next to the former hotel.
A Winnipeg cancer survivor has turned her experience living with the disease into a business venture she hopes will make life easier for others who’ve been diagnosed. Tara Torchia-Wells was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and says among the challenges that come with the disease, one that people don’t think about before being diagnosed is all the products and services that come along with the fight.
The Capital Grill and Bar is an L-shaped space, as it was when it housed Asahi, but the spaces have been reversed. The one-time short part of the L has become a long, narrow dining room, with a decor that is sleek, spare and cool, in shades of grey brightened by paintings by a local artist.
Work is underway on what's being billed as the downtown's first larger-scale, truly mixed-income apartment complex.A University of Winnipeg project, the $30-million, 14-storey UWinnipeg Commons under construction at 320 Colony St., will boast 102 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.
Winnipeg's overall retail vacancy rate has climbed to its highest level in more than a dozen years in the wake of a rash of store closings and downsizings earlier in the year.Industry officials had predicted in April the rate would jump above five per cent in the aftermath of a retail shakeup earlier this year that included the closure of all 133 Target department stores in Canada and the shuttering of 66 Future Shop home-electronics stores.
A Tim Hortons location on Portage Avenue has become the iconic coffee chain's first unionized shop in Manitoba.Thirty-five employees at 1146 Portage Ave. in Wolseley have voted to join the Workers United Canada Council effective Wednesday, said Rabia Syed, organizing co-ordinator for the WUCC.
The two-thirds vacant Graham Avenue Tower has proven to be a $200,000 a month liability for the city and officials say it is going to cost the city millions more if they want to sell it. Marc Pittet, the city’s acting director of property and development, told reporters on Thursday after the city’s finance committee meeting that selling or leasing the tower will be nearly impossible without “millions” invested in refurbishing the building.
True North Sports & Entertainment is exercising its option to buy the former Carlton Inn site from Winnipeg’s downtown development agency. True North spokesman Scott Brown announced today the Winnipeg company will proceed with its option to buy 220 Carlton St. from CentreVenture, which purchased the former hotel site for $6.6 million and later demolished it.
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