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Smitty’s Canada seeking franchisee for Rimbey Travel Centre

Construction of Rimbey’s new Travel Centre is set to begin next month.

The building is expected to be completed by September, and the developers are anticipating an Oct. 1 opening date, according to Rimbey Mayor Rick Pankiw.

Pankiw says this is great news for the town, as it will mean jobs during construction, employment once the development is open for business, and increased tax revenue for the town.

The town has approved the development permit and the developers have been working with town development officer Liz Armitage on the details, says Pankiw.

The commercial building will be located at 5111 – 43 St, along Hwy. 20.

Big brands such as Tim Hortons, Petro Canada and Diamond Liquor Store have already signed onto the project, and now Dairy Queen has come on board, and discussions and paperwork are underway, the developers say.

Smitty’s Canada has approved a location in the development and is now seeking a franchisee.

Work will start with the construction of a new road to connect the development site to Hwy. 20 as early as next month, says Pankiw.

The idea behind the development is to attract travellers along the highway to stop and spend dollars within Rimbey.

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Data used in promotional material states there was a 2019 traffic count of approximately 6,300 vehicles per day along Hwy. 20.

Phase I of the development is 75,730 square feet with a building area of 10,000 square feet. An occupancy date of August, 2021 has been advertised.

Operational costs are estimated at $6 per square foot.

The parking lot will feature 40 parking spaces.

For more information, contact Miles Davis at 780-660-8159 or miles@davisdevcon.com.