New Kanata retail development to open in August

Courtney Symons
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Kanata's new Fernbank community is soon to see its first retail development with the construction of a Wal-Mart Supercentre and accompanying stores.

Kanata Shopping Centres Ltd. is using a triangular plot of land on the northwest corner of Fernbank Road and Terry Fox Drive to build a Wal-Mart Supercentre.

Kanata Shopping Centres Ltd., an operating company of retail developer Smart Centres Ltd., is using a triangular plot of land on the northwest corner of Fernbank Road and Terry Fox Drive to build a $48-million, two-phased construction project.

The first phase includes a 150,000-square-foot Walmart - expected to open on August 17 - as well as various other retailers including an RBC Royal Bank, Dollarama and Bulk Barn. Other vendors are in the process of purchasing retail space, according to Dennis Eberhard, SmartCentres' vice-president of development.

Approximately 45,000 square feet of additional retail space will flank the Wal-Mart, and Mr. Eberhard said he expects about 5,000 square feet to still be available for a commercial tenant once the current transactions have been completed. The development will include 818 parking spaces, according to a document filed to the City of Ottawa.

Phase two of the project will take place on the east end of the 6.9-hectare property, and will include two 5,000-square-foot single-tenant buildings, and a third multi-tenant building. Various restaurants and fashion tenants have shown interest in occupying this space, Mr. Eberhard said.

Construction of the second phase will begin in spring of 2013.

"This is the start of a community plan that has been worked on for the last five years," Mr. Eberhard said of Fernbank. "It's all coming to fruition now, so we're really excited about the growth there currently and the expectations of a lot more houses being built over the next five to 10 years."

Many subdivisions are already in the works and under construction in the area, including Blackstone Kanata by Cardel Homes and Monarch Corp.

SmartCentres recently built a Walmart at the corner of Clyde Avenue and Baseline Road, but Mr. Eberhard said the new Fernbank location will be more aesthetically pleasing with an interesting roofline, multiple windows and textured brick.

"The building is visible from so many angles, we've had to make it a little more interesting than just a big box," he said.

The entire development is expected to be completed by next fall.

Organizations: Walmart, Kanata Shopping Centres, Smart Centres RBC Royal Bank Wal-Mart

Geographic location: Fernbank Road, Ottawa.Phase, Clyde Avenue Baseline Road

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Recent comments

  • Paul
    August 21, 2012 - 16:02

    Asian Supercentre went out of business a month ago. There is a local "supermarket" not as big as TNT but big enough. It's the Best Price Grocery Store right beside the Good Life Fitness on 484 Hazeldean Road. Most of my friends go there to buy things that cannot be found in other Canadian stores.

  • Phil
    June 20, 2012 - 15:16

    @ AL C: The FIRST "SmartCentres" retail in the zone?

  • Al C
    June 18, 2012 - 09:53

    Can someone explain how this is the "first retail development" in that community? The site under development is roughly 1km from the Super Store (or whatever on Eagleson)... or is that not retail (somehow)? Over the weekend I also heard a TV news report making this same claim.

    • km
      August 16, 2012 - 15:29

      Superstore is close but the Fernbank Community is bordered by Terry Fox Drive and Fernbank Road.

  • Suzanne
    June 17, 2012 - 08:25

    Thanks for the update. I have heard a rumour that Asian Supercentre is also coming.

    • Michele
      August 10, 2012 - 14:55

      An Asian Supermarket? Now, that would be a great addition! T&T is much too far and I know a lot of people would definitely shop there regularly.