Published On: Friday, 23 November 2018

Mark MacDonald: Sleep Country Opens New Nanaimo Store

Sleep Country has opened a new store in Nanaimo, in front of Country Club Centre at 3290 Island Highway.

Sleep Country now has 43 stores throughout the province, and 262 across Canada.

* * *

Greg Tatic is pleased to announce that his Bulletproof Mechanic shop at 227 Terminal Avenue has signed on as a U-Haul neighbourhood dealer. It will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies, boxes, and in-store pick-up for boxes.

* * *

TD Collections and TD AutoFinance is preparing to move from its downtown location to Nanaimo North Town Centre.

* * *

Jolynn Green, Executive Director of Community Futures Central Island, is pleased to note that Brenda Boyd has joined their team at their 14-327 Prideaux Street office.

Brenda worked for Black Press prior to taking the Office & Loans Administrator position at Community Futures.

* * *

Body Tempo Health and Fitness is opening a new location at 2330 McCullough Road.

* * *

The GAIN Group has put in an application for phase two of its race track in North Cowichan, just off Highway 18 on the way to Lake Cowichan.

Chris Erb’s SupErb Construction will be building the facility.

* * *

Cedar Valley Memorial has a new director: Darryl Grossauer.

* * *
There is a Buy Low Foods sign draped across the top of the former Quality Foods location in University Town Centre shopping mall in Harewood.

Quality Foods has moved to its brand new store on Bruce Avenue.

Meanwhile, construction continues across from UTC, for a new Tim Horton’s and a bank, along with other commercial space.

* * *

R.W. (Bob) Wall Contracting Ltd. is busy making leasehold improvements at 3-5767 Turner Road, to make room for Avian Veterinary Clinic.

* * *

A new Papa John’s Pizza outlet will be opening on Rutherford Road in December.

* * *

Kelowna-based Highstreet Ventures Inc. is proposing to build four apartment buildings with a total of 170 rental units near the Grand Hotel at 4800 Cedar Ridge Place, near Nanaimo North Town Centre.

The project will be two three-storey buildings and one each of four-storey and two-storey. The company hopes to begin construction in February, with a completion date of 2020.

* * *

Nanaimo Floor Depot is now open at Norwell Drive and Departure Bay Road.

* * *

Marke Mark and John Nguyen have purchased Beachfires restaurant from Mitch Forrest.

* * *

When the Western Hockey League was indicating its strong interest in locating a franchise in Nanaimo prior to the defeated referendum to build an Events Centre in Nanaimo in the spring of 2017, the Kootenay Ice was strongly rumored to be one of two teams that were named as potential clubs to relocate to the Island.

The Cranbrook-based club stayed put under new ownership, but rumors indicate the Ice could be bound for Winnipeg, Manitoba as their next home.

* * *

More building for the Chase River area in South Nanaimo is coming. An application has been submitted to build two or three buildings and up to 200 units at 1300 Junction Avenue, by Tenth and Lawlor Streets.

The area is already home to two major senior residences, as well as the popular shopping centres that are home to Country Grocer on one side of 10th, and on the other, Tim Horton’s and Smitty’s Restaurant.

* * *

The Big Cheese Charity Hockey Classic was another great success, and the fundraising aspect received an extra shot in the arm from Mike McClenaghan of West Coast Factory Direct Hot Tubs, who chipped in $1,000 towards the three young families who will receive proceeds from this years’ event. The families tragically lost their fathers recently.

* * *

A special thanks to the panel that imparted wisdom to the large crowd that showed up for the launch of “It Worked For Them, It Will Work For Me: The 8 Secrets of Small Business I Learned From Successful Friends” Oct. 26 at the Nanaimo Golf Club.

Donna Hais of R.W. (Bob) Wall Contracting Ltd., Alex Dugan of Central Island Distributors, Doug Johnston of Johnston Johnston & Associates and business coach Ron Berry all expounded on tips that are included in the book.

Copies of the book are $20, and available through www.businessexaminer.ca

- Mark MacDonald writes about business in Nanaimo. Tell him your news by emailing him at mark@businessexaminer.ca