Hamilton Mountain BIA rolls on despite construction

News Jul 06, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The $10 million reconstruction of Concession Street hasn’t stopped a couple of new businesses from setting up shop there.

“We’re pretty busy right now,” said Theresa Lannigan, assistant manager at Off The Shelf Liquidation Outlet that opened in the former So-Low Sales location on May 2, two months after the road work began. “Construction isn’t stopping us whatsoever.”

The store sells a variety of consumer products, usually discounted factory seconds, overstocked items or products with damaged packaging.

Lannigan said the store owners, Tim Taylor and Will Steadman, both form Hamilton, wanted a second location to complement their Brantford store and decided Concession Street was a good fit.

“We’re going to tough it out and make it work,” she said.

A few blocks to the east local food truck operator Jonny Blonde is setting up shop in a former eatery across the street from the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

“Apart from the construction, it’s an amazing location,” said Blonde (his real name is Jonathan Tjerkstra, a long-time restaurant cook and chef) who along with his partner Layal Al-Haidari hope to open the new takeout restaurant in the coming weeks. “We’re located right across from the hospital…there’s over 4,000 employees there.”

Blonde‘s food truck specializes in homemade flatbread sandwiches.

He said the Concession Street location will serve as a kitchen to make the bread and prepare the sandwiches for the food truck as well as offer a lunchtime menu for walk-in traffic.

Blonde noted food trucks tend to have narrow profit margins and adding a storefront business should improve his bottom line.

“The food truck can do much better if you have a fixed location as well,” he said.

Jonny Blonde was alerted to the availability of the space by Concession Street Business Improvement Area chair Leo Santos, who also runs a busy restaurant on the street.

“Any addition to the restaurant sector up here I think is a benefit to all of us,” said Santos, who added he expects more new businesses to appear on the street in the coming months.

 

Hamilton Mountain BIA rolls on despite construction

New businesses on Concession Street

News Jul 06, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The $10 million reconstruction of Concession Street hasn’t stopped a couple of new businesses from setting up shop there.

“We’re pretty busy right now,” said Theresa Lannigan, assistant manager at Off The Shelf Liquidation Outlet that opened in the former So-Low Sales location on May 2, two months after the road work began. “Construction isn’t stopping us whatsoever.”

The store sells a variety of consumer products, usually discounted factory seconds, overstocked items or products with damaged packaging.

Lannigan said the store owners, Tim Taylor and Will Steadman, both form Hamilton, wanted a second location to complement their Brantford store and decided Concession Street was a good fit.

“We’re going to tough it out and make it work,” she said.

A few blocks to the east local food truck operator Jonny Blonde is setting up shop in a former eatery across the street from the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

“Apart from the construction, it’s an amazing location,” said Blonde (his real name is Jonathan Tjerkstra, a long-time restaurant cook and chef) who along with his partner Layal Al-Haidari hope to open the new takeout restaurant in the coming weeks. “We’re located right across from the hospital…there’s over 4,000 employees there.”

Blonde‘s food truck specializes in homemade flatbread sandwiches.

He said the Concession Street location will serve as a kitchen to make the bread and prepare the sandwiches for the food truck as well as offer a lunchtime menu for walk-in traffic.

Blonde noted food trucks tend to have narrow profit margins and adding a storefront business should improve his bottom line.

“The food truck can do much better if you have a fixed location as well,” he said.

Jonny Blonde was alerted to the availability of the space by Concession Street Business Improvement Area chair Leo Santos, who also runs a busy restaurant on the street.

“Any addition to the restaurant sector up here I think is a benefit to all of us,” said Santos, who added he expects more new businesses to appear on the street in the coming months.

 

Hamilton Mountain BIA rolls on despite construction

New businesses on Concession Street

News Jul 06, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The $10 million reconstruction of Concession Street hasn’t stopped a couple of new businesses from setting up shop there.

“We’re pretty busy right now,” said Theresa Lannigan, assistant manager at Off The Shelf Liquidation Outlet that opened in the former So-Low Sales location on May 2, two months after the road work began. “Construction isn’t stopping us whatsoever.”

The store sells a variety of consumer products, usually discounted factory seconds, overstocked items or products with damaged packaging.

Lannigan said the store owners, Tim Taylor and Will Steadman, both form Hamilton, wanted a second location to complement their Brantford store and decided Concession Street was a good fit.

“We’re going to tough it out and make it work,” she said.

A few blocks to the east local food truck operator Jonny Blonde is setting up shop in a former eatery across the street from the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

“Apart from the construction, it’s an amazing location,” said Blonde (his real name is Jonathan Tjerkstra, a long-time restaurant cook and chef) who along with his partner Layal Al-Haidari hope to open the new takeout restaurant in the coming weeks. “We’re located right across from the hospital…there’s over 4,000 employees there.”

Blonde‘s food truck specializes in homemade flatbread sandwiches.

He said the Concession Street location will serve as a kitchen to make the bread and prepare the sandwiches for the food truck as well as offer a lunchtime menu for walk-in traffic.

Blonde noted food trucks tend to have narrow profit margins and adding a storefront business should improve his bottom line.

“The food truck can do much better if you have a fixed location as well,” he said.

Jonny Blonde was alerted to the availability of the space by Concession Street Business Improvement Area chair Leo Santos, who also runs a busy restaurant on the street.

“Any addition to the restaurant sector up here I think is a benefit to all of us,” said Santos, who added he expects more new businesses to appear on the street in the coming months.