Wendy's in Kamloops will be rebuilt after fire destroyed building in 2020

Wendy’s district manager Alma Porras said construction is set to begin in March and expected to wrap up in a few months, with reopening to the public scheduled for July 2021.

North Shore residents may be able to enjoy a Frosty this summer. Work to rebuild the North Shore Wendy’s restaurant, which was destroyed by fire last spring, is set to begin next month.

In the early-morning hours of April 10, 2020, the fast-food restaurant at the corner of Eighth Street, Fortune Drive and Tranquille Road in North Kamloops, was engulfed in flames. Nobody was in the building at the time.

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Eleven days after the blaze, Kamloops Fire Rescue told KTW that, upon completion of the investigation, cause of the fire was undetermined because too much damage had occurred to know where it had started.

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Flames engulfed the Wendy's at 801 Fortune Dr. on April 10, 2020. - Nathan Ritchie

Wendy’s district manager Alma Porras said construction is set to begin in March and expected to wrap up in a few months, with reopening to the public scheduled for July.

“We’re excited, for sure,” Porras said.

Details are still being finalized. A development permit headed to city council on Tuesday, Feb. 9, for approval details a proposal to reconstruct a 68-seat restaurant with 36 parking spaces, a 300-square-metre restaurant with a drive-thru and the same footprint as previously existed on site. The proposal requires four development permit variances, including exceptions to drive-thru, drive aisle and parking requirements.

In a report to council, city staff note that the proposed variances support continued use of the existing site infrastructure of the previously approved drive-thru and raise no technical concerns. Renderings provided to the city show an updated exterior facade, with dark cedar and modern design elements.

The restaurant staffed up to 20 employees, who were offered work at the other two Wendy’s locations in town, in Valleyview and Sahali. Porras said some of the former North Shore employees have continued to work at those locations and that the company will also be hiring closer to the reopening date.

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