09 Nov Co-op – Always Open for Business
One of the top questions we’ve received in regards to the proposed Dalhousie Co-op redevelopment is if area residents are going to lose the grocery store they love, as well as the services of of other businesses currently located in the shopping centre. The short answer is no – the current Co-op store will not be closing until its replacement is built. This also applies to the most of the other businesses and services on-site. This will be accomplished by completing the development in phases, over a 5-6 year period.
The first phase will see a new gas bar, C-store and liquor store constructed on the southwest corner of the property (Dalton Drive and North Belle Road). The car wash will remain in its current location. Once the new buildings are constructed and operational, the current liquor store and gas bar will be removed. Construction of the new Co-op store will begin, along with the attached tiered residential building. Once the store is complete (expected at the 2.5 year mark), it will open and the existing store will close. Construction will continue on the larger residential building. The old store will be taken down and and construction will commence on the shorter residential building as well as the office building at the northwest edge of the property.
By taking a phased approach, Co-op and other on-site businesses can continue to operate. While there will be some temporary impacts on parking and traffic patters within the parking lot, customers will be able to access the services they know and love in the area. We will ensure that changes will be communicated (sign up here for updates) in a timely matter.
Have a question about the phased approach? Let us know via our contact page.