River City Developments workers finish the new mezzanine in the former Cobb’s grocery store in Sylvan Lake Tuesday.

Sylvan’s former Cobb’s being transformed

Cobb’s Block Central could be welcoming shoppers this summer.

Cobb’s Block Central could be welcoming shoppers this summer.

The Sylvan Lake building that housed Cobb’s AG Foods until that longtime store closed early last year is undergoing a million-dollar renovation that will transform it into an indoor shopping centre.

Ken Wessel, whose company River City Developments Ltd. is behind the project, said he expects work on the base building to wrap up by mid-July.

Occupants will then be able to complete the improvements required for their needs.

When the dust settles, the 5015 50th St. building will have about 26,000 square feet of usable space spread over two floors.

The two levels will be connected by an elevator and a curved stairway, with Wessel anticipating retail uses on both floors.

“We’ve had a lot of interest,” he said, adding that no deals have been struck because he’s still working on pricing.

This also applies to a prominent area on the west side of the building that’s been earmarked for a restaurant with a patio.

“We’ve had a couple of serious inquiries,” he said of the 2,400-square-foot restaurant area, which could be expanded if necessary. “They’re basically waiting on me.”

Cobb’s Clothing, which has continued to operate from the building, will remain.

Cobb’s Block Central will be condominiumized, allowing for individual bays to be leased or purchased. This, and the fact the smallest bays will be 800 to 1,000 square feet in size, distinguishes the building from other shopping centres in town.

“There is nothing else to compare it to,” said Wessel, adding that the ample parking on site offers an advantage over other lakefront commercial space.

The fact that the site is of historical significance, with A.F. Cobb operating a grocery and dry goods business there from around 1930, should also appeal to some, he said.

Wessel is optimistic Cobb’s Block Central will help revitalize Sylvan Lake’s downtown. He thinks combining a number of stores at one location will help draw people.

“If you create that destination point you’ll see a lot more activity.

“That’s why malls are so successful.”


Just Posted

1,200 runners came out to Woody’s RV Marathon in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Matthew Hope ran in the Woody’s RV World Marathon for… Continue reading

Two men steal 16 year old’s car at gunpoint in Alberta

RCMP are looking for two men who allegedly produced a handgun and… Continue reading

Mother of five who died in hit and run in central Alberta a huge loss to family, police say

Rocky Mountain House RCMP continue to investigate hit and killed case on… Continue reading

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

EDMONTON — Environmental groups targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are shrugging… Continue reading

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says two people are dead after… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of 2019

The event is held every Saturday in the Servus Arena parking lot

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Speaker stuns Morehouse grads, to pay off $40M student debt

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College… Continue reading

Unions increasingly at odds over replacing troubled Phoenix pay system

OTTAWA — The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the… Continue reading

Sisters of Ste-Anne hold unique garage sale before giving up Montreal convent

MONTREAL — The Montreal-area Sisters of Ste-Anne are hosting a unique garage… Continue reading

Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth killed in Honduras plane crash: sister

TRUJILLO, Honduras — A British Columbia woman says her pilot brother was… Continue reading

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

ATLANTA — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have… Continue reading

Pelosi being honoured with JFK Profile in Courage Award

BOSTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being honoured with the 2019… Continue reading

India’s marathon national election reaches the finish line

KOLKATA, India — Voting in India’s mammoth national election ended Sunday with… Continue reading

Most Read