Canadian Tire expanding

Work is expected to begin within months on new Canadian Tire stores in Stettler and Sylvan Lake.

Work is expected to begin within months on new Canadian Tire stores in Stettler and Sylvan Lake.

Lisa Gibson, Canadian Tire’s associate vice-president of media and public relations, said her company has the zoning and development permits required for both projects.

She anticipates that a building permit for the 14,000-square-foot Stettler store will issue within days. A fall opening is targeted.

Also being developed as part of the Stettler project near the town’s west entrance will be a 5,000-square-foot Mark’s Work Wearhouse.

In the case of the proposed Sylvan Lake Canadian Tire, zoning and development permits are also in place. A building permit has yet to be issued, and Gibson does not expect construction to begin until late summer.

With a tentative opening date of next spring, the Sylvan Lake store is expected to have 45,000 square feet of retail space, automotive service bays and an 8,000-square-foot Mark’s Work Wearhouse. It’s going in the northeast corner of the SmartCentres shopping centre in Beju Industrial Park.

Gibson said previously that the Sylvan Lake store will become one of Canadian Tire’s new Smart stores. These focus on “heritage” businesses like sporting goods, tools and hardware, and automotive products.

Smart stores also offer more customer service counters and “help buttons” for shoppers.

Mark’s Work Wearhouse is a division of Canadian Tire.

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