Thrifty Foods to anchor Courtenay development
BY DARRON KLOSTER, TIMES COLONIST MARCH 18, 2011
Thrifty Foods will spearhead a major commercial development on a fivehectare parcel in east Courtenay, the grocery chain announced Thursday.
The retail complex will be anchored by Thrifty Foods and likely another national retailer along with several other class A commercial tenants. A company spokesperson said no contracts have yet been signed with retail partners and the search is ongoing.
Thrifty bought the wooded parcel at Ryan and Lerwick roads from Crown Isle Resort in December 2009. It is a major growth area with a proposed hospital and North Island College nearby, and across the road from one of the province's biggest Home Depot stores.
Thrifty Foods said the retail centre is expected to be complete in 2012 provided all of the necessary approvals are granted and work proceeds on schedule.
It will be the second store in the Comox Valley for Thrifty Foods and the 29th in the chain. It is also the third slated for opening in the next year after New Westminster and Maple Ridge. The expansion follows openings last year in North Vancouver, Abbotsford and Brooks Landing in Nanaimo.
"The Comox Valley has grown tremendously since Thrifty Foods opened the Courtenay store in 1994," Jim Dores, president of Thrifty Foods, said in a statement. "After researching the area extensively, we recognize the growth potential of this vibrant community and we are ready to begin construction on a brand new retail centre in the Comox Valley."
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