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Space still avilable at new Village Mall building

Looking for 3,000 square feet of restaurant space on Gaetz Avenue?

Looking for 3,000 square feet of restaurant space on Gaetz Avenue?

Ron Schletz has a deal for you.

A senior leasing manager with First Capital Realty Inc., which owns Village Mall, Schletz is seeking a suitable tenant for a new building at the 6320 and 6380 Gaetz Ave. shopping centre

The 5,000-square-foot structure has gone up at the site of a former Petro-Can station, which was demolished in 2011.

Schletz expects construction to wrap up within a few weeks, with Noodlebox Southeast Asian Noodle Bar ready to set up in 2,000 square feet of the space. But the remainder of the building, which was earmarked for Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill until that restaurant changed its plans, remains available.

“We’re working with a whole bunch of other restaurant groups,” said Schletz. “It’s just a question of time; most of them are looking for franchisees.”

The large size of the space poses a challenge for some, he acknowledged, and First Capital Realty must also choose a tenant that won’t hurt existing food service businesses at Village Mall.

The uncommitted portion of the building would be suitable for other uses, like retail, said Schletz. But it’s designed for a restaurant, with large mechanical and electrical systems, and a patio.

“It would be a shame to put in a hat store or something that doesn’t need any of that.”

He’s confident the space will eventually be used as intended, especially because of its location along Red Deer’s busiest street.

Noodlebox should be operating by summer.

“They’ll start fixturing, probably within a couple of weeks,” said Schletz.

A Western Canadian chain, Noodlebox offers a variety of East Asian foods, including Singapore cashew curry, Malay-style fried rice, Thai-style chow mein, Panang red curry, Burmese naan, Cambodian spring rolls and Vietnamese cucumber salad. Its first restaurant opened in Vancouver’s Chinatown district in 2001, with its founders inspired by the food they discovered while travelling through Southeast Asia.

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