A new Cityview now open
It’s a popular place to get the first meal of the day in Eastern Canada — and now the all-day breakfast chain called Cora Breakfast and Lunch will be launching its first foray into B.C., with a location in Kamloops.
The restaurant is one of 15 stores that will join Rexall pharmacy in the Tournament Capital’s newest retail draw, Cityview Shopping Centre in Aberdeen.
Cora, which was started by a Quebec chef and specializes in breakfasts, has 115 restaurants across eight provinces in Canada.
Along with the drug store and restaurant, Cityview, located at Rogers Way and Hillside Way, is also expected to house a grocery store, a bank, a cash store, a full-service restaurant and a cold beer and wine outlet, the latter owned by Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.
Rexall — owned by billionaire Darryl Katz, who also owns the Edmonton Oilers — has 1,800 franchises across the country, including an independent store in downtown Kamloops that carries the Rexall name.
The pharmacy will mark its grand opening this week.
The company behind the development, Vancouver-based Onni Group of Companies, said it’s in the process of finalizing all leases, but couldn’t name any of the other tenants.
The Onni Group’s John Middleton said Cityview is an amenity that will provide residents in the area with everything they need.
“There’s not a lot of retail in the neighbourhood,” he said, noting the plaza will get great exposure being located right off Highway 1.
Middleton said the company chose the property because the southwest sector of the city and neighbourhoods like Aberdeen have strong residential growth.
When construction of the shopping centre is complete in early 2012, there will be 80,000-square-feet of leasable retail space.
Middleton said the company waited to start developing the shopping centre after the economic meltdown in 2008.
It’s a delay that appears to have paid off, according to Onni Group, as the wait has led to greater interest in the property.
“There’s some pretty good tenants who are looking at opportunities and expanding into Kamloops,” Middleton said, adding the retail market is making a strong comeback.
For more than 30 years, the property was the site of The Place Inn Hotel and Loonies Bar and Grill, which was owned by the mayor’s family.
However, the property was sold and Milobar is leasing the land for his store.