With much fanfare and a packed parking lot, the Freson Bros. Fresh Market opened in Westpark. Having its grand opening on June 8, the Fort Saskatchewan location marked the 16th store for the company in Alberta. It took about three years of planning and 11 months of construction to see the store become a reality. It will employ 165 people, with 75 per cent of that as full time positions. Founded in Hinton Hill in 1955, the grocer focuses on selling everything from Alberta: beef, pork, chicken and in-season produce. Even all of their bread produced in their bakery uses Alberta-based flour. Freson Bros. president and CEO Mike Lovsin noted Fort Saskatchewan is a great fit for the company because the city is home to blue-collar folks with nearby farmers and farmers. That’s the exact demographics they’re after.
The ground-breaking ceremony for Savanna Bazaar will be held on the site at 88th Avenue and 60th Street N.E. Members of the public are welcome to the event that will feature cultural performances, food trucks and family activities, along with representatives of Royop and city and provincial politicians. The land on which Savanna Bazaar is to be built, purchased from Genstar, is in Saddle Ridge. Melvin Foht, president and COO of Royop, says after discussion with the needs of the community, the decision was made to build a shopping centre to cater to the various ethnicities and cultures of that area of the city and to market the buildings.
One of the largest buildings in the city, which has been sitting empty since Lowe’s acquired Rona, will become a hub of activity next year after being acquired by Stern Partners, the owners of several Canadian retail chains, including Warehouse One, Ricki’s, Bootlegger and Cleo. The chains will consolidate distribution and e-commerce operations at 1530 Gamble Place, and Warehouse One and Ricki’s will also move their head office operations to the building.
The City of Regina is not following in the footsteps of Saskatoon in proposing a hefty business licence fee for future pot retailers in the city.