By next year, grocery shopping for Martensville residents will be much more convenient. A 30,000 square foot Co-op Food Store is set to open in 2016 in the commercial development of Black Iron Crossing, located just south of the Co-op Convenience Store and Gas Bar.
Harley McClughan, Operations Manager for Saskatoon Co-op said they’ve received numerous requests from members and residents to consider expanding into Martensville. “We’re excited to make this announcement - based on the support we receive from the citizens of Martensville at our current Convenience Store and Gas Bar, we look forward to great success at this new food location.”
Kent Muench, Mayor of the City of Martensville, says the Co-op Food store means more than just another choice for food shopping. “While the opening of a Co-op Food store means residents don’t need to travel to Saskatoon for food shopping, Co-op has told us the new location will employ approximately 75 staff which will further enhance our growing local economy.”
Martensville’s Community & Economic Development Manager Dillon Shewchuk says acquiring a new food store is a big accomplishment and the project took a lot of work to come to fruition. But, he says, the wait was worth it. “Co-op is a trusted brand and our existing relationship with Co-op is very strong,” says Shewchuk.
Polling conducted by the city on commercial development shows that about 70% of residents currently travel elsewhere to shop for groceries, and over 90% do their shopping for household goods outside of Martensville. “A grocery store was on the top of the list for residents when it came to new development they wanted to see in the city, so we’re confident the store will be a popular shopping location,” Shewchuk adds.
“These large brands like Co-op obviously continue to see the benefits of being here, and as the population continues to grow, we expect to see more business and commercial growth in the city,” says Shewchuk.
Co-op hopes to begin construction on the store soon with a target opening in 2016.
In recent years, Oak Centre RV Mall, Tim Horton’s, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Pharmasave, and Canalta Hotels have set up shop in Martensville with Boston Pizza Canadian Tire, and Dollarama set to open later in 2015.
For more information on the City of Martensville contact:
Manager, Community & Economic Development
Saskatoon Co-op Operations Manager