With Lacombe residents yearning for more local shopping options, the developers of the area on the west end of the city near the QEII continue to move forward with their Midway project.
The project, which is different than the Lacombe Market Square location and which is currently being sold by realtor Boyd Williams and the team from Royal LePage Lifestyles, is actively trying to attract big box stores, hotels and other franchises to the location.
“The deed services are in and they are busy putting in the pumping stations,” Williams said. “They are getting water and sewer out there, with Pidherney’s being awarded the contract last fall.”
“They are going hard at it and there is lots of construction going on there. They have the highway closed off at the way to the golf course, so things are moving forward.”
The develop of the pumping stations, gutters, sewers and other utilities is drawing interest to the development.
“We have a Calgary developer very interested and we are working through some things to move forward,” Williams said. “There have been lots of local people looking to move or expand their businesses out that way. The interest level is real good and it is has really come along since last fall when we started getting services approved. People can see it is getting close.”
Williams said that business construction could come as early as June of this year and many notable restaurant franchises like Denny’s, Moxie’s and the Canadian Brewhouse have shown interest if the right franchise owner were to come along.
“We have talked to them all and they are all willing to come,” he said. “We just need business people to step up and take them on.
“There is lots of parcels (of land) available and we would love for a big hotel chain to come and step up. We have talked to all of the Holiday Inns and the Ramadas and they have expressed interest. A big hotel guy would be the icing on the cake for us.”
Williams added the developer is excited to move forward and a recent trip to a franchise conference in Whistler only increased that feeling.
“There was some interest in our community. It is exciting and hopefully we will get this thing rolling so we can give the city of Lacombe what it has been waiting for,” he said.