New Canadian Tire development still a go

Plans for a new Canadian Tire store in Fort St. John are still a go, with plans to break ground in mid-July, the retailer has confirmed.

Work was supposed to have begun in earnest earlier this spring, with a planned fall opening. However, the project has been delayed as a number of issues are resolved around traffic management and site servicing.

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“This is the biggest retail project in Fort St. John. It is large and complex with many stakeholders and it is not uncommon to encounter some delays in the process,” said David Bianchi, vice-president of real estate development at Canadian Tire.

“We’re working closely with the city and the Ministry of Transportation to get this done as quickly as possible and finalize all these details.”

Despite the delay, Bianchi said talks with the city and province have been productive, and that he’s optimistic that they will be able to break ground this month. More details about the project will be forthcoming as they are finalized, he said.

The development will include a new gas bar, Mark’s clothing store, and other retail once fully built out.

The new development requires ministry approval as it will have an impact on traffic loads on Old Fort Road, which is under ministry jurisdiction.

The ministry of transportation said it couldn’t comment on the specifics of the project, but said it was working with the retailer to address its concerns.

“We work closely with developers to support their initiatives and mitigate safety or mobility impacts to our highway and related infrastructure,” the ministry said in a statement.

“While the ministry is unable to comment on the specifics of an ongoing application, we can confirm that we are working with the developer on a Canadian Tire in Fort St John to find mutually agreed upon solutions.”

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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