August 23 2006
Free Press Files
Fernie’s newest big box store, Canadian Tire, is slowly making its appearance in the Ghostrider Crossing.
Local dealer Terry Sanford said store’s opening is scheduled for mid-November,
“Everything is looking good for construction.” He said of the 61,000 plus square foot building. “We’re still right on schedule.”
Sanford said the new floor plan includes the Debbie Travis: What Women Want program.
“Home Decoris a big feature of the new store,” he said, adding the outer façade will tie in nicely with the surrounding alpine theme,
Bruce Lennox, manager of current planning for the city, says the proposed architectural elevations of the building design, incorporates the environmental theme characterized by the use of indigenous organic materials and building massing forms that emphasize a vertical aspect in keeping the surrounding rugged, mountainous environment.
The proposed landscape plan mitigates the expanse landscaped island and generous plantings of trees and under storey shrub beds on the perimeter of the site,” Lennox said. “A landscape buffer consisting of over 40 trees is proposed along the rear of the building adjacent to the Maiden Lake recreation area,”
Canadian Tire is expected to create 40-45 full time jobs as well as long term revenue stream with the city.
Along with the new Canadian Tire, also come new stoplights at the intersection of 9th Avenue and Highway 3.
The installation of lights is required by the Ministry of Transportation and must be done prior to issuance of the building occupancy certificate.
The building’s development permit was issued in July 2005.
“We’re looking forward to opening up and becoming part of the community,” Sanford added.
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