Rumors abound in the Twitterverse about the new developments at Stavanger Drive and the Aberdeen Extension. I was sizing up the map some time ago and noted that the plans for the “Henry Power Centre” include a few small tidbits of information.
I want to stress that this is all subject to change, as these plans often do. In the least, it will give us some idea of the space allotted in the new development and perhaps quell some of the flat out wrong rumor mongering I keep seeing.
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So what can we see here?
Well for starters, I want to clarify one thing which isn’t exactly on the map. The building on the corner of Torbay Rd. and Stavanger Drive is a Best Buy. I saw one person today say Futureshop were moving because they’re too small. Look, it’s a Best Buy, I can guarantee it. Futureshop could indeed move (that’s beside the point), but that building is a Best Buy. It will also have a pet store attached.
Looking at the map we can determine a couple things. Canadian Tire is moving in. The only other possible companies that could occupy 110,000 sf with a Garden Centre are Home Depot, Walmart and Kent. But, I’ve heard our population isn’t large enough to support two Home Depots, per internal policy, and we’ve already got a Kent and Walmart in the area. So, Canadian Tire is the only one left standing.
Above that we see 20,000 sf for a drug store. Initially I’d assumed this would be a Shoppers Drug Mart, a massive Shoppers Drug Mart but one none the less. 20,000 sf is a lot, a whole lot and it would be the largest Shoppers in town. Add to that, Shoppers just put up a new building in front of their own location in the strip mall at the corner of MacDonald Drive and Torbay Road and frankly, I don’t see Shoppers putting up a newer, bigger building just a few yards up the road. However, Lawton’s actually have a small pharmacy right next to KFC on Torbay Road, across from Stavanger Drive, so who knows?
I will add this, the building that Lawton’s built on Topsail Road near the Village is a big one, too, but it’s not just a pharmacy and front store. It’s entirely possible for both Shoppers and Lawton’s to go here but also have a dentist, physio, clinic, etc.
The 44,000 sf hardware store is a new RONA which will be replacing the older location just down Torbay Road.
The 30,000 sf grocery store is most likely a Sobeys as a) there’s a Dominion right there and b) Sobeys’ buildings are about that size. There’s also a notation for a 5,000 sf grocery store near the exit for White Rose onto Torbay.
We see a few 15 – 25,000 sf clothing or department stores. Your guess is as good as mine on this one. It’s possible we’ll see some of the big name clothing stores (Gap, American Apparel, etc.) move from the mall but I doubt it as they do well from the foot traffic that the malls bring. I’ve been wondering what the 25,000 sf department store could be. Considering there’s already Zeller’s and Wal-mart out there, and 25,000 sf is too small for a Sears, it doesn’t leave much. The term “department store” encompasses a lot however and this could be anything from an XS Cargo type of business to a Hart. It’s also possible, and likely, we’ll see something new such as Liquidation World.
There are plans for not one but two coffee shops. Hooray. One about twice the size of the other. If the plans hold true, the larger one will be a Starbucks and the smaller another Tim’s (completing the Stavanger Triangle of Doom, where in you’ll be sucked into a worm hole if you stand at just the right spot in the Costco parking lot, able to see all three Tim’s without taking a step [editor’s note: shudder]).
Other items of note:
– There’s a smallish fast food joint with a drive-thru lane going in. Possibly Burger King or Wendy’s.
– There’s a marker for “Recreation 4,000 sf”. This is too small for a gym, but “Recreation” also includes things like atv/snowmobile sales, businesses like Wallnuts or even Play It Again Sports.
– There’s a marker for “Restaurant 6,000 sf”. This is slightly larger then the Swiss Chalet, which means it isn’t going to be something we’ve got lots of already, ie: Jungle Jims. Honestly, no idea. I’ve heard rumors of Kelsey’s coming here for a while now, from the same source who told me Best Buy was coming here and where the building was going. They told me that almost two years ago. Part of me is screaming “The Keg!!” but I don’t know, it’s just as likely that it’s an Outback, Applebee’s or another Montana’s as it is to be another Keg. FYI, Halifax has an Applebee’s but there are only four Outback’s in Canada, none in Atlantic Canada.
– There’s a marker for a “Bank 6,000 sf”. Your guess is as good as mine on this one, but I’d put money on CIBC (full disclosure, I actually put money on CIBC). No drive-thru drawn on this mock-up however, which is a strike against the CIBC notion. The new CIBC building in Mount Pearl includes a drive-thru but it is about 6,000 sf, as do most of the new standalone banks being built now. CIBC’s nearest location is in the same strip mall as Shoppers on MacDonald Drive and Torbay Road. BMO’s is a newer venture in the old grocery store across from McDonalds on Newfoundland Drive. RBC has a location already on Aberdeen.
Notice anything we didn’t? Any insider info? Let us know in the comments!