A special announcement made at the Broadview Co-op Annual General Meeting confirms change is on the horizon and growth is imminent.
The newly amalgamated Hometown Co-op (formed by merger between Broadview and Grenfell Co-ops) will mark its union with the construction and expansion of a new C-store in Broadview.
Hometown Co-op President Dave Sefton confirmed the recent purchase of a 37-acre parcel of land north of Kaycie’s Roadhouse restaurant, situated between the new and old highway.
“We have to move from our present site because it’s simply too small,” said Sefton.
The existing C-store, which sits parallel to the new property, was purchased in November 2000. After experiencing an electrical fire earlier this year at the C-store, General Manager Carol Nickell said now is an optimal time for development.
“We’ve talked about this for a few years, but we’ve just been trying to acquire land,” she said following the AGM.
Hometown Co-op has completed topographical studies and has selected where they would like construction to occur, but must move forward with feasibility studies and soil testing prior to breaking ground.
“We’d like to start building latest next summer,” said Nickell, adding a floor plan and budget is yet to be determined. “They’re telling us approximately a year (for construction) so we’re looking for an opening in late 2013- early 2014.”
Nickell said services and amenities have yet to be decided, though the new C-store will include a larger cardlock.
“We’ve had a whole bunch of ideas thrown at us of what people want,” she said, adding suggestions have included a green space, fast food vendor and car wash.
The existing C-store will likely be demolished, and the lot cleared. Nickell said the land will unlikely be sold, but possibly leased.