Where Are They Now? Last year saw plenty of businesses come and go in Kamloops

KTW has compiled a list of some notable businesses that opened or closed in 2018 — and one that did both

A business opening in the city can be a point of pride for Kamloopsians and heartbreaking if it’s closing up shop. Storefronts are filled and vacated every year, so to close out 2018 and greet 2019,
KTW has compiled a list of some notable businesses that opened or closed in 2018 — and one that did both.

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BC Cannabis Store: The cannabis industry is poised to breathe new life into empty storefronts around Kamloops as evidenced by the multiple government and private pot shop applications that have come before council since legalization — the most notable being the former Your Dollar Store With More location in the Columbia Place Shopping Centre in Sahali. That spot became the first and only place to buy legal cannabis when it was legalized on Oct. 17. In the months since, 399 Tranquille Rd., Lansdowne Village, Northills Centre, 630 Victoria St. and D-205 Tranquille Rd. (the former JJ’s Shoe Repair storefront) have all been earmarked to house new private or government-run pot shops.

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Illegal pot shops: Adhering to the urgings of the City of Kamloops and the provincial government, many illegal marijuana dispensaries chose to shut their doors on legalization day. The Herbal Health Centre on Sydney Avenue on the North Shore, the Greenhouse Compassion Society on Lansdowne Street downtown, Sacred Leaf on Rogers Place in Aberdeen and Kootenay Cured on Fortune Drive on the North Shore were all closed when KTW visited them on Oct. 17. A few more closed in the weeks that followed, while some chose to remain open on legalization day and to date have not been shut down by the province’s community safety unit or RCMP. A pair of those storeowners told KTW they hoped they could apply for a licence while continuing to operate — a move that won’t fly, according to the city’s business licence inspector.

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Edo Japan and Booster Juice: In the spring, a large retail space in Northills Centre that was formerly home to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt welcomed two food-related businesses. Edo Japan opened its first Kamloops restaurant in the corner space in the North Shore mall, just off Fortune Drive. Booster Juice, which has three locations in the South Shore, opened its first North Shore location in that space as well.

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Bowlertime and Dirty Jersey: Two longtime staples of the North Shore entertainment scene closed their Eighth Street locations this past fall. The Bowlertime bowling alley closed down on Sept. 3 and the neighbouring Dirty Jersey pub followed suit on Oct. 10. The owner of the two businesses cited losing money each year and being unable to come to terms on a new lease with his landlord as reasons for the closures.

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Bianca Amor’s: A liquidation super centre found a new home at 925 Notre Dame Dr. in Southgate, less than a year after former tenant Wholesale Sports closed its doors due to its parent company winding down all of its retail outlets. Bianca Amor’s grand opening was held on June 1.

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Cap’n Sharky’s: Cap’n Sharky’s seafood restaurant at Tranquille Road and Sydney Avenue on the North Shore closed this past fall. A handwritten note on the door of the building read “Check our Kijiji! We are selling.” The restaurant was a longtime fixture in the city, at one time being one of four locations in Kamloops.

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Popeye’s: Kamloops’ first Popeye’s Chicken opened in December at the former location of The Source in the Summit Shopping Centre at Summit Drive and Columbia Street. The Louisiana-inspired restaurant is one of five the chain recently opened in B.C.

Leon John's
Leon John’s owner Cory Adkin announced in December his Tranquille Road deli would close for good before Christmas. - KTW (file)

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Summit Medical Clinic: The Summit Medical Clinic at the corner of Notre Dame Drive and Summit Drive in Sahali (sharing the strip mall with a pizza place, a sushi restaurant and a dentist’s office) officially closed on Dec. 15, leaving patients not tied to family doctors with one less walk-in option on the South Shore. Dr. Julie Anderson closed her practice, while Dr. Victor De Kock relocated his family practice to the medical building at 546 St Paul St. downtown. Dr. Orlando Passerin and Dr. Michael Wilson did not remain at the clinic, which had operated for more than 25 years.

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Alchemy Brewing: Kamloops’ newest craft brewery officially opened in December — next door to the city’s first microbrew pub that opened almost a decade ago. The new brewery occupies 1,400 square feet of space formerly home to Vittorio’s Downtown in the Thompson Hotel at 650 Victoria St. It sits next door to The Noble Pig.

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Le Chateau: After being a staple in Aberdeen Mall for many years, the Montreal-based clothing store closed in January.

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Sephora: In August, the popular makeup retailer Sephora officially opened on the top floor of Aberdeen Mall in the 3,400-square-foot space previously occupied by Le Château, which closed in January.

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Cactus Jack’s: A longtime staple of Kamloops nightlife, Cactus Jack’s was shuttered in March, months after its owner listed the venerable nightclub for sale.

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Cactus Jack’s: The popular downtown bar re-opened in August, five months after its seemingly permanent closure, under new ownership.

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Murphy’s Meats: A Westsyde deli that specialized in local meats closed at the end of May. The owners of Murphy’s Meats said the customer base was not what was needed to continue operating.

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Forno on Fifth: Another new downtown dining option has officially opened its doors. Forno on 5th, a whisky bar with Mediterranean cuisine, began serving customers in late November in the former Sambiki sushi restaurant at Lansdowne Street and Fifth Avenue, next to Cactus Jack’s nightclub.

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Leon John’s: A popular North Shore deli closed just before Christmas at a time when development in the restaurant’s immediate surroundings is picking up. Leon John’s Deli owner Corey Adkin announced the closure online, saying he is “better suited eating at and exploring restaurants than owning one” and that he looks forward to seeing “what the new owner has planned for the new year.”

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