Dundas Canadian Tire opens new University Plaza location

News Oct 25, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The new Canadian Tire in the former Metro grocery store at University Plaza will keep the doors of its 10-bay auto service centre closed in an effort to contain most of the noise when the store opens for business on Thursday, Oct. 31.

The existing store at 50 Cootes Dr. was set to close Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27. Staff have several weeks to clear out of the space before Canadian Tire head office takes it over and prepares to market it for sale.

Local dealer Darcy Southam said he sympathizes with residents behind the former grocery store concerned about noise and emissions, and recognizes that the addition of the service centre was a main issue for opponents of the change.

“We have installed air conditioning in the shop to make it comfortable for the mechanics and team working in the shop,” Southam said, suggesting the garage doors will remain closed regardless of temperature.

He said the service centre will operate until 7 p.m., with possible extended hours during busy tire change seasons.

Neighbours were also concerned about the loss of a local grocery store and its impact on food accessibility, particularly for nearby seniors.

Total staffing during preparation reached about 125 employees and has now settled at 78 for the store’s opening. That’s more than twice the 35 staff previously at the Cootes Drive location.

Southam is excited about the move from the 63-year-old Cootes Drive location, which brings an increase from 14,000 square feet of retail space to 39,000 square feet — 3.5 times the size.

The extra space means more products — from bicycles, to lights and faucets — can be put out on display. The pet accessories area alone, Southam pointed out, increases from 12 feet to 80 feet.

Another improvement that he pointed to is the attached 10,000-square-foot warehouse. The warehouse for the Cootes Drive store was located on Meadow Lane, across Spencer Creek and about a two-minute drive away. Customers often had to pick up items at that secondary location.

Now everything will be located on-site. Southam said that will make the new location more convenient for customers and employees.

A new second floor includes a few offices, a boardroom, employee lunch room, washrooms and lockers.

Most stock was already shelved in the new space on Thursday, Oct. 25 when a reporter got a quick tour of the space. Southam said staff are ready for the Oct. 31 opening, and are preparing for an official grand opening celebration Nov. 14 to 17. He said there sill be a “kids day” on Nov. 16 featuring face painting, a magician and princess.

Southam also researched the Cootes Drive store’s long history, and the history of Canadian Tire in Dundas.

“I was able to learn that the first store was located on 7 Foundry St. from 1951 to 1956,” he said. “From there, it moved to its current location (50 Cootes) with renovations in 1965 and 1975.”

Some old photos of the Cootes site were located through Canadian Tire’s head office, and will be posted in the new store. An old newspaper advertisement was also tracked down through the Dundas Museum.

Southam said head office staff were in the space within days of Metro closing in late March 2019 to renovate, and local staff took over Aug. 19 and have been working since then to get the store ready to open.

“We are in the store from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m. these days as we are coming down to the crunch,” Southam said.

Canadian Tire spokesperson Joscelyn Dosanjh said there is no update on the company’s plan to market the 50 Cootes Dr. property for sale after it takes the site over from the local operator.

Dundas Canadian Tire opens new University Plaza location

Cootes Drive store closes Sunday, Oct. 27 after 63 years

News Oct 25, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The new Canadian Tire in the former Metro grocery store at University Plaza will keep the doors of its 10-bay auto service centre closed in an effort to contain most of the noise when the store opens for business on Thursday, Oct. 31.

The existing store at 50 Cootes Dr. was set to close Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27. Staff have several weeks to clear out of the space before Canadian Tire head office takes it over and prepares to market it for sale.

Local dealer Darcy Southam said he sympathizes with residents behind the former grocery store concerned about noise and emissions, and recognizes that the addition of the service centre was a main issue for opponents of the change.

“We have installed air conditioning in the shop to make it comfortable for the mechanics and team working in the shop,” Southam said, suggesting the garage doors will remain closed regardless of temperature.

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He said the service centre will operate until 7 p.m., with possible extended hours during busy tire change seasons.

Neighbours were also concerned about the loss of a local grocery store and its impact on food accessibility, particularly for nearby seniors.

Total staffing during preparation reached about 125 employees and has now settled at 78 for the store’s opening. That’s more than twice the 35 staff previously at the Cootes Drive location.

Southam is excited about the move from the 63-year-old Cootes Drive location, which brings an increase from 14,000 square feet of retail space to 39,000 square feet — 3.5 times the size.

The extra space means more products — from bicycles, to lights and faucets — can be put out on display. The pet accessories area alone, Southam pointed out, increases from 12 feet to 80 feet.

Another improvement that he pointed to is the attached 10,000-square-foot warehouse. The warehouse for the Cootes Drive store was located on Meadow Lane, across Spencer Creek and about a two-minute drive away. Customers often had to pick up items at that secondary location.

Now everything will be located on-site. Southam said that will make the new location more convenient for customers and employees.

A new second floor includes a few offices, a boardroom, employee lunch room, washrooms and lockers.

Most stock was already shelved in the new space on Thursday, Oct. 25 when a reporter got a quick tour of the space. Southam said staff are ready for the Oct. 31 opening, and are preparing for an official grand opening celebration Nov. 14 to 17. He said there sill be a “kids day” on Nov. 16 featuring face painting, a magician and princess.

Southam also researched the Cootes Drive store’s long history, and the history of Canadian Tire in Dundas.

“I was able to learn that the first store was located on 7 Foundry St. from 1951 to 1956,” he said. “From there, it moved to its current location (50 Cootes) with renovations in 1965 and 1975.”

Some old photos of the Cootes site were located through Canadian Tire’s head office, and will be posted in the new store. An old newspaper advertisement was also tracked down through the Dundas Museum.

Southam said head office staff were in the space within days of Metro closing in late March 2019 to renovate, and local staff took over Aug. 19 and have been working since then to get the store ready to open.

“We are in the store from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m. these days as we are coming down to the crunch,” Southam said.

Canadian Tire spokesperson Joscelyn Dosanjh said there is no update on the company’s plan to market the 50 Cootes Dr. property for sale after it takes the site over from the local operator.

Dundas Canadian Tire opens new University Plaza location

Cootes Drive store closes Sunday, Oct. 27 after 63 years

News Oct 25, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The new Canadian Tire in the former Metro grocery store at University Plaza will keep the doors of its 10-bay auto service centre closed in an effort to contain most of the noise when the store opens for business on Thursday, Oct. 31.

The existing store at 50 Cootes Dr. was set to close Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27. Staff have several weeks to clear out of the space before Canadian Tire head office takes it over and prepares to market it for sale.

Local dealer Darcy Southam said he sympathizes with residents behind the former grocery store concerned about noise and emissions, and recognizes that the addition of the service centre was a main issue for opponents of the change.

“We have installed air conditioning in the shop to make it comfortable for the mechanics and team working in the shop,” Southam said, suggesting the garage doors will remain closed regardless of temperature.

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He said the service centre will operate until 7 p.m., with possible extended hours during busy tire change seasons.

Neighbours were also concerned about the loss of a local grocery store and its impact on food accessibility, particularly for nearby seniors.

Total staffing during preparation reached about 125 employees and has now settled at 78 for the store’s opening. That’s more than twice the 35 staff previously at the Cootes Drive location.

Southam is excited about the move from the 63-year-old Cootes Drive location, which brings an increase from 14,000 square feet of retail space to 39,000 square feet — 3.5 times the size.

The extra space means more products — from bicycles, to lights and faucets — can be put out on display. The pet accessories area alone, Southam pointed out, increases from 12 feet to 80 feet.

Another improvement that he pointed to is the attached 10,000-square-foot warehouse. The warehouse for the Cootes Drive store was located on Meadow Lane, across Spencer Creek and about a two-minute drive away. Customers often had to pick up items at that secondary location.

Now everything will be located on-site. Southam said that will make the new location more convenient for customers and employees.

A new second floor includes a few offices, a boardroom, employee lunch room, washrooms and lockers.

Most stock was already shelved in the new space on Thursday, Oct. 25 when a reporter got a quick tour of the space. Southam said staff are ready for the Oct. 31 opening, and are preparing for an official grand opening celebration Nov. 14 to 17. He said there sill be a “kids day” on Nov. 16 featuring face painting, a magician and princess.

Southam also researched the Cootes Drive store’s long history, and the history of Canadian Tire in Dundas.

“I was able to learn that the first store was located on 7 Foundry St. from 1951 to 1956,” he said. “From there, it moved to its current location (50 Cootes) with renovations in 1965 and 1975.”

Some old photos of the Cootes site were located through Canadian Tire’s head office, and will be posted in the new store. An old newspaper advertisement was also tracked down through the Dundas Museum.

Southam said head office staff were in the space within days of Metro closing in late March 2019 to renovate, and local staff took over Aug. 19 and have been working since then to get the store ready to open.

“We are in the store from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m. these days as we are coming down to the crunch,” Southam said.

Canadian Tire spokesperson Joscelyn Dosanjh said there is no update on the company’s plan to market the 50 Cootes Dr. property for sale after it takes the site over from the local operator.