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Wal-Mart Canada Breaks into Vaughan Distribution Centre – Expected Completion: 2024

Walmart has been growing within Canada for a while now, consistently grabbing new commercial real estate “CRE” opportunities all over the country. With how Wal-Mart’s Canadian portfolio seems to grow every day, this is great news for their further growth. New brick-and-mortar and online stores are coming up out of the woodworks everywhere to bring the best experiences to customers.

The newest distribution centre, located in Vaughan, Ontario, is another store in the chain making up more than 400 stores Canada-wide.

 

Breaking Ground with Condor Properties

Condor Properties, a local Vaughan real estate developer has teamed up with Walmart Canada to make this happen. Condor Properties boasts more than 100 diverse real estate properties in the Toronto area and the surrounding towns and cities.

The ground-breaking ceremony for these two partners’ and their new 550,000 ft2 Vaughan distribution centre was just held in August 2020. The project is expected to provide hundreds of jobs not only when the building opens and retail positions are available, but also job opportunities for local construction workers to build the facility.

The target location is at 11110 Jane Street. Not so far from residential and shopping areas so customers will be able to shop for any food or merchandise their hearts desire. It’s estimated that over 70 million products will be on the shelves coming from over 3,000 renowned suppliers, which far exceeds any other Walmart store that Canada offers so far.

The CEO and president of Wal-Mart Canada, Horacio Barbeito, couldn’t help but express his excitement about the project during the ceremony in August, saying: “These are challenging times for everyone, but we are investing for growth because we believe in Ontario and Canada’s future are proud to do business in this great country.”

The project aims for their slated completion in 2024.

 

Other Wal-Mart Canada’s Investments

Wal-Mart isn’t just working on this new storefront, they are set up to build many other distribution centres all throughout Canada, and some of are already in the process of development.

One such example is the new centre in Surrey, British Columbia, another grand project that aims to provide much more of Wal-Mart’s products with its 300,000 square feet of space.

The Wal-Mart distribution centre though, like the one in Cornwall, Ontario; has new plans to move towards renovating it. The upcoming improved centre will have more automated systems to help with managing health and beauty products, general merchandise, apparel, and more.

 

Retail investment of $3.5 Billion will benefit Canada

Only about a month ago, Wal-Mart Canada announced its newest five-year investment plan that is seen to be worth a whopping $3.5 billion, this will help Canada grow and prosper even further.

One of the things included in the plan is constructing more distribution centres and working to upgrade more than 150 of the already existing facilities to upgrade the shopping experiences to Canadian consumers and make it better.

The brick-and-mortar stores will be upgraded and made to work much smarter with digitization, and also adding new bigger self-checkouts. They will also start to introduce much more merchandise pick-up services, as well as hybrid locations for both a faster pickup and delivery for everyone.

This isn’t all though, they have the goal of having stores employ robotics and computer vision cameras to reduce any touchpoints; which helps to increase efficiency and accuracy.

 

Summary

Canada, and particularly Ontario, offers great potential in developments within retail commercial real estate, and it’s being recognized by many investors such as Wal-Mart. As Wal-Mart’s Canadian continues to grow, all of Canada’s consumers will have a much more efficient, faster and enjoyable shopping experience – both online and offline in-store.

The retail company aims to also make full use of the newest and best technology to help enhance Canada’s growth, partnering with a number of high-tech companies in the country.

Learn more about this and Walmarts growth in Canada here:

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/wal-mart-canada-breaks-ground-on-the-vaughan-distribution-centre

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Cannabis & Coffee: Is Mixed-Use Retail Taking Over the Market?

The Canadian cannabis industry has been growing at a steadily fast pace ever since it was officially legalized. With such a huge growth its only natural that this market offers great business opportunities, and why there is a growing number of retail CRE investors looking to get in on the action.

It was only recently, Toronto received its first Aegis Brands recreational cannabis store. Aegis and its investors saw Toronto as a fantastic starting point and the first location to further expand into Ontario, which should be no surprise given the market’s growth. 

 

From Coffee to Cannabis Coffee

Aegis Brands, formerly known as Second Cup Ltd., was focused on being a coffee retailer with more than 350 cafes and shops Canada-wide. But recently, the company has suffered some losses in recent years, and thought to find a new approach and take to grow. 

With how the retail cannabis market is growing, the company decided to expand beyond coffee and try its hand in the cannabis space. Thus, the name change from Second Cup to Aegis Brands to give rise to a new identity and create a new vision for providing cannabis to consumers.

This new approach sparked the inspiration for the name of the new cannabis dispensaries; being called Hemisphere Cannabis Co. By using the word hemisphere this alludes to the fact they aim to help cannabis consumers, no matter if they’re first-time users or they’ve been shopping for a while; serving the whole breadth or “hemisphere” of potential customers. The environment they aim to create will try to match customers’ desires along with a personalized experience. 

Aegis Brands opened its first Toronto cannabis coffee shop using the same location as a previous Second Cup cafe.

Aegis Brands, like many other stores and CRE investors, are finding that providing mixed-use has a lot of value. Instead of taking over the Second Cup, Aegis Brands chose to instead add value at the same location. Shortly after announcing this new vision, they acquired Bridgehead Coffee, a coffeehouse chain with headquarters in Ottawa. But they won’t stop here, they are still looking for mixed-use opportunities in coffee, cannabis and food service spaces.

 

More Hemisphere Retail Stores To Come

Aegis Brands is getting more serious about investing in retail cannabis within Ontario, as you can see with the new Hemisphere Cannabis Co. stores already in the works to open at a later date.

Currently, the company plans to open up 3 additional in Toronto, as well as establishing a presence in Ottawa, Ajax, and Orleans later down the line. Everyone can expect new locations to open up in the coming months.

The CEO of Aegis Brands, Steven Pelton, stated in a press release recently: “Given our unparalleled access to top-tier real estate assets across the country, and the incredible shared services that Hemisphere will be able to tap into as part of the Aegis network, we truly believe the potential for this brand is limitless.”

 

Summary

Despite the rough patch with Second Cup cafes recently, Aegis Brands seems to be steering to a brighter path to success. The retail cannabis industry in Canada is not done growing and will continue to do so, so Aegis Brands’ new strategy will help keep the company going much longer. Of course, nothing is for certain, but it’s looking like a smart decision at the moment.

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Construction at University District, Calgary Maintaining Momentum

Ever since Alberta received approval in 2016 for the University District’s plan in Calgary, construction’s been handled very efficiently and swiftly. All commercial and residential spaces, public areas, and parks are developing at unexpected rates, with huge progress being apparent to all, whether they are visitors or locals.

The multi-use community at University District is prepared to reshape the face of Calgary once it is ready.

 

Construction Work Staying on Schedule

Although most of Alberta’s been under lockdown since the coronavirus pandemic picked up speed, not all businesses have been set back. It was determined that the construction industry falls under essential services, which helped in allowing for uninterrupted progress at University District. Work is staying on schedule and is still expected that everything will be completed by the end of 2021.

The construction progress is building up some excitement in the community, with boosted numbers of daily visitors to the University District Discovery Centre. At the Discovery Centre, you’ll be able to see detailed plans and examine the neighbourhoods future design.

 

Retailers Setting to Open by Late August

University District in Calgary, being mixed-use property, Alberta will provide it with all the amenities needed for a thriving community. Shops, Social spots, and services will be accessible to everyone from residents and visitors.

Some service providers and retailers are already preparing to get down to business. By late August, we should see Scotiabank, Curious Hair Skin Body, Market Wines, Denim & Smith Barbershops, and Save-On-Foods open their doors to the general public.

Residential units like August by Avi, The Brenda Strafford Foundation’s Cambridge Manor, and Rhapsody by Gracorp predict their first residents will move in by fall 2020, which will help boost pedestrian traffic and attract more retailers.

 

Sustainable and Accessible Neighbourhood Design

University District is the first community in Alberta, and also the largest in Canada, to get the LEED-ND Platinum certification – international certification for commitment to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighbourhood Development.

As such, the neighbourhood is designed to be accessible by all and sustainable. With everything within walking distance, residents and visitors are going to be encouraged to interact with the community and spend longer visiting restaurants, shopping malls, cafes, entertainment centers, and other spaces.

That is excellent for pumping up foot traffic and spending within the neighbourhood, making it appealing for retailers and business owners alike.

 

Summary

With the University District in Calgary quickly approaching its completion, it’s proving to be a wonderful investment opportunity. The project is generating interest and attracting prospective tenants and retailers. If you are curious about learning click here.

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/construction-at-university-district-calgary-maintaining-momentum 

 

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Ontario Government Reopens Commercial Real Estate Construction Sites

The local Ontario Government has confirmed its past statement that they expect the reopening of construction sites province-wide. The coronavirus pandemic has closed all malls, large retail stores, and various other activities, even including construction sites. 

Some construction sites have been opened since April, but not all of them. However, this new announcement opened every construction project in May, including commercial buildings sites. 

 

Construction is a Large Part of Our Economy 

In 2016 alone, the whole Ontario construction industry employed over 500,000 people. This is including both non-residential and residential construction. But this isn’t just it. Many construction companies are building retail and commercial space which will help bring in new investments coming into the province. 

Without construction, other businesses are suffering additionally. The President of Residential Construction Council of Ontario, Richard Lyall, stated that “It’s critical for the government to get the economy going again as construction is a huge part of Ontario’s economy.” 

 

But Which Construction Sites are Reopening?

The announcement from the government includes the continuation of work on construction projects involving, commercial development, residential development, excavation, site preparation, digital infrastructure, telecommunication work, education, logistics & shipping infrastructure, and even more. 

This is fantastic news for many people, as all CRE projects in Canada were sitting in waiting for some time now. Although no one is sure if stage one of phase 2 will end in approximately a three-week or a four week period, this is still positive news for many businesses. It shows that things are moving towards a more positive direction and that we can all expect the CRE construction to get back on track again. 

 

Ontario Phase I reopening

This phase of reopening can exclude several businesses. Businesses like retail, indoor and outdoor household services, sporting clubs, golf courses, libraries, and more have been allowed to conduct business since the 19th of May; however, barbershops, restaurants, hair and nail salons are not included in this specific phase of reopening in Ontario.

Each sector and different businesses have different restrictions regarding reopening in order to remain vigilant in the event of another increase of coronavirus cases. 

Daily there are more retail construction sites continuing their construction operations, including construction related to hospital work, retail space, and petroleum.

Cities like Calgary have already begun preparing to reopen their retail sector and their malls, so this is can be great news for Ontario and other provinces as well. Malls have opened their doors to customers and have to keep up on taking precautions so they can keep both their workers and customers safe. 

 

Summary 

This news is encouraging, especially for companies that have been looking to invest in CRE development. Canada is moving in the right direction and has been re-opening its economy more and more gradually each week. Our goal is to maximize investor returns and to keep communication open with every one of our investors to ensure our goals and objectives are aligned. We have a 3-step process to identify value for all our investments – from due diligence to a tax-efficient exit strategy. 

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Canada March 2020 Retail Sales: Who were the winners?

When looking at how fast stay-at-home orders came into effect, social distancing, work from home, and masks became more normal it’s no surprise that retail and stores took a hit in sales during March. Even with online orders and outside pick up to help ease people’s minds and keep everyone safe, many people are not shopping. You can see this fear and unease in people even in statistics, looking at retail sales data for March has had a significant decrease.

 

Retail Sales Data

Statistics Canada released record-breaking sales data for retailers in the country. The data is broken out by each sector and you can clearly see what has happened to non-essential businesses when they were forced to close their doors halfway through March. 

Looking at the March sales data you can capture a glimpse into the panic during the first weeks of closure and see the overall decline in sales of 10 percent in March to approximately $47 billion, just as the lockdown was starting to take effect. According to the Financial Post, only 40% of retailers were closed for an average of five business days in March. However, 91% of clothing and other such accessory stores were closed for an average of 13 days.

What is the data showing and what does it mean? Although it looks like there was a decline of 10 percent in March, if we take out gasoline and auto sales, the stats actually reveal an increase of 2.8% in retail sales in March 2020, driven mainly by grocery sales. Grocery sales have had a significant increase, accounting for a third of retail in March.

April however is likely a different story as retailers were forced to be closed for the whole month. StatsCan is estimating that Aprils’ data will show approximately a 15 percent decline in sales. 

Overall as businesses are closed in May as well, this back-to-back decline for such a long period of time will be new unchartered waters for all of us. 

 

Who are the Losers and Winners during March 2020?

One thing is certain; many Canadians are itching to go back to normal, so the question is, where are we headed next? 

The main deciding factor between winners and losers during this time is if it is an essential or non-essential retail business.

Retailers that sell things such as clothes, shoes, and luxury goods have been some of the hardest-hit, they lost half their retail sales if not more, as compared to last year during the same time. Retailers that did the best obviously include groceries, but also beer, liquor, and beverages; earning 20 to 30 percent more compared to March in 2019.

Other sectors that did well include health and personal care that had a 4.6 percent increase, e-commerce jumped up by 40.4 percent, and cannabis climbed up 19.2 percent.

The stark contrast in these numbers and each different market show a true divide between the retailers directly affected and those who actually boosted profits or faired well. As investors, we need to stay on top of knowing who were the winners, and who will continue to be to know exactly where to direct our investments.

 

Summary

As the data shows, Canada retail had varying outcomes during March 2020 but overall did okay. Losses were found in more luxury services and retail businesses but boosted in essential services. April will show huge declines in sales because of the month-long closure but May will hopefully show a bit of bounce back with retailers finding ways to still provide their services. 

Which businesses will bounce back and who will drive the eventual economic recovery, is ultimately the largest question of all and what everyone will be watching for.

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/canada-march-2020-retail-sales-who-were-the-winners

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How COVID-19 Has Affected the Canadian CRE Market | Canadian Real Estate News

As you may have already read, the novel coronavirus has left an impact on industries around the globe with the Canadian real estate market being no exception. 

These unprecedented developments have left several CRE investors pondering on the future of the market. 

While the situation is very severe from a health stance, Canadian retail CRE investors are actually in a good place and would benefit from investing in commercial real estate during COVID-19. Here’s why!

 

Canada and COVID-19

The number of confirmed cases with COVID-19 are on the rise and this has sent some into a state of panic. Many fear that the worst is yet to come, and governments, healthcare officials, and businesses are doing all they can to stop the epidemic from spreading. 

That means closing restaurants, schools, gyms, museums, and shopping malls around Canada. Many private and public institutions have officially shut down to flatten the curve and remain compliant with social distancing norms.

 

Industries Thriving in the Pandemic 

While clothing retailers, restaurants, and coffee shops cannot help but to close their doors for the duration of COVID-19, Canadian CRE investors don’t actually have any cause for anxiety. Many commercial retail spaces are open to serve people who are in lockdown. 

Grocery stores, pharmacies, medical supply shops, and medical offices are naturally getting more foot traffic, and this will go on for the duration of COVID-19. 

They provide essential products and services, and even if a complete lockdown is ordered, as we’ve seen in countries such as Italy and Spain, and in various cities in both China and the U.S., these retail locations have remained operational. 

 

The Future Is Hopeful 

Regardless of the current situation, the future is bright for retail CRE. Those who invest in retail real estate now stand to benefit financially. At the moment, the costs of buying CRE are lower, and once the pandemic is put under control, retailers will jump at the opportunity to rent out spaces, open up shops, and regain financial stability just like what’s happening in China as many retailers start to reopen

It’s expected that shopping at brick-and-mortar locations across Canada will improve to pre-Corona levels; especially restaurants, entertainment venues, gyms and discount retailers. 

 

Conclusion

Investing in Canadian retail CRE could offer a big return on investment once the pandemic threat has passed. There are already reports analyzing “retail recovery following containment of COVID-19” as China has initiated its reopening. This confirms that while many around the world are currently experiencing restrictions, it will not last forever, and the future appears to be bright for those wise enough to make strategic investments now. 

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https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/covid-19-and-its-effect-on-canadian-cre

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The Canadian Real Estate Market is in a Golden Age

Canada has proven to be one of the best destinations to invest in global and domestic capital. When it comes to the 2020 Canadian Real Estate Market, this is the best decade to take advantage of commercial real estate properties in Canada and there are several reasons why.

First, Canada has the highest lease demand in its history. Rent levels are also constantly rising due to market expansion and increased opportunities. Companies renting retail space are also fulfilling their part of the deal by occupying more buildings than ever before.

Canadians aren’t only focused on booming metropolises like Toronto and Vancouver these days. Commercial real estate opportunities are constantly expanding into areas like Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Calgary, among other cities. Let’s analyze the important data of the 2020 Real Estate Market.

 

Statistics for Canadian Retail Estates

Record demand for properties in the Canadian Real Estate market is due to fluctuating societal changes, advanced technological developments, and various developing policies across several years. Large Canadian cities have become lucrative options for businesses, investors, and residents to take advantage of.

Generally, commercial real estate has been demonstrated as a stable and profitable investment for individuals. For example, the retail sector is changing its perspective and mindset on uses for certain spaces and prime locations. Brick and mortar stores are being transformed into pick-up stations for just about everything from food to clothing.

Food services and cooking facilities are gradually being set up for delivery-only meals, marking a new trend in cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Aging retail properties in the downtown and suburban cores of major markets are being rejuvenated through redevelopment plans.

National statistics for retail properties show that there will be about 4.31MM sq.ft of new supply in 2020 and total retail sales are going to increase by 2.9%. According to CBRE Research, total retail sales per capita are forecasted at $16,801 versus $16,480 in previous years. It is expected that retail in 2020 is expected to outperform its performance from last year.

 

Looking Beyond The Big Cities 

The biggest real estate changes have historically happened in the largest cities. However, new data suggests that there is movement going on in smaller markets as well. These smaller cities are getting their spotlight due to broader workplace trends and global investments.

Domestic companies also engage the real estate market and compete with foreign capital. Their primary markets are Ottawa, Quebec, and the Waterloo Region. Projections show that many smaller markets will outperform their forecasts, including:

* Montreal by 13.8%

* Quebec by 10%

* Waterloo by 10%

* Ottawa by 8.5%

 

Regional Statistics 

The Canadian Real Estate Market Outlook forecast shows that Calgary retail commercial retail investments are going to grow over $400 million compared to $386 million in 2019. Even though Calgary is a hot rental market for apartments, the trend is rubbing off on commercial retail as well, and there is noticeable growth.

On the other hand, the total retail sales growth in Saskatoon is projected to have a 3.7% increase in 2020 compared to a year earlier. Along with large mixed-use development projects for both commercial and residential space, it’s expected that the market will grow even further.

 

Conclusion 

Canada is entering the new golden age of retail commercial real estate, and the numbers show it. All indicators are strong and positive. If you want to learn more about it, contact ReDev Properties today.

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/canada-cre-entering-golden-age

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Canadian CRE Market to Maintain its Edge in 2020 Per Morguard Reports

The Canadian real estate market is alive and well. In fact, it is anticipated to be as strong as ever in 2020 following its upsurge in 2019, per Morguard. 

Morguard Corporation is a Canadian real estate company that publishes its predictions in the 2020 Canada Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Report. Below, I’ve highlighted the most vital forecast information from the Morguard report.

 

Canada’s CRE is on an Upward Trajectory

The retail facet of the CRE has displayed phenomenal growth in 2019 and continues to evolve in the new year. In the middle of last year, the national retail vacancy dived by 100 basis points to reach 5.8%.

By the by, numerous investors have seen big potential in Candian retail CRE assets, so much so that this nation has welcomed a staggering $3.1 billion investment in retail properties.

Given that this estimate is way above the long-term average, commercial real estate properties across Canada will continue to be seen as an incredibly formidable investment in the new decade.

 

Non-Retail CRE Also Sees Its Fair Share of the Action

Morguard has also forecasted that other commercial real estate segments in Canada will perform splendidly in 2020. 

 

Housing

The housing market in Canada has finally achieved some stability after experiencing a sluggish 2019. Home sales and prices have steadily grown for 7 months consecutively in Toronto and Vancouver. 

Over the span of the next 2 years, the national housing sector is anticipated to improve the real estate market significantly. The rental apartment industry has a track record of the biggest ongoing growth that will continue to generate positive numbers in 2020. 

In 2018, the rental apartment sector generated a whopping $8.3 billion in multi-family investments. In 2019, the figure was approximately $4 billion in the first half alone. 

Trends clearly show that more Canadians are downsizing and renting out their apartments. Morguard anticipates that rent rates will skyrocket with this growing demand. 

 

Corporate

The Canadian corporate segment is claiming a slice of this pie. With a soaring performance last year, the nation’s tech industry is largely to be credited.

Till mid-2019, Canada generated $5.5 billion in the office segment in investments alone. During that time there was an 11% national vacancy rate. Today, Vancouver and Toronto display the lowest vacancy rates in North America as far as downtown office space is concerned.

In Alberta, Calgary has been experiencing low energy prices and skyrocketing corporate vacancy rates which are over 20% at the moment. 

 

Industrial

The industrial sector in Canada showed record investments totalling $12.7 billion in 2018. This trend continued well into 2019 and is expected to do so in 2020 as well. The country is in need of more industrial spaces to meet the growing demand. During the first 6 months of 2019, the national availability was just over 3% which was the lowest in 20 years.

 

Conclusion

The CRE market in Canada has displayed an impressive performance in 2019 in spite of the international economic disputes and stunted GDP growth of 1.5%. Canada has one of the fastest-growing populations and this is one of the most essential factors that has aided the commercial real estate market in its steady growth.

The rental segment continues to hold its own and Canada will witness an influx of investors in 2020, per Morguard. CRE assets have made capital investments a very attractive proposition. All in all, the market is expected to be on an upswing in 2020. 

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Hamilton City Centre Redevelopment Plan

Hamilton City Centre is presently in the process of being sold to IN8 and the process is expected to be fully finished by the end of this year. While the selling price has not yet been disclosed, experts say the property value is around an estimated $24.55 million. IN8 states that their vision is to make the city centre a place to live, work, and play; helping to stimulate Hamilton’s economy and downtown area.

 

Hamilton City Center

The city centre was built in 1990 by Cadilac Fairview. Previously called the Eaton centre it housed the popular Eatons department store. Eaton was just a tenant though, and so in 1999, they moved out of their space in the building. Throughout the years afterwards, the building owner has changed multiple times and time has taken its toll on the building. Because of this, the city centre has been due for revitalization and an update for a while now. Currently Hamilton City Center has a high vacancy rate but also has a few recognizable retailers as tenants as well. Tenants like Fairweather and Hart along with Thunder Bowling Alley and Crunch Fitness to name a few.

The design of the building is a bit lacking and dated, having a terrace that was intended for events, activities, and bands but soon plans and idealizations fell through and it is now mostly used by people just looking for a place to smoke. The lack of windows also hinders the appearance and environment of the building as well.

 

IN8

Waterloo-based IN8 has a history of doing redevelopment for mixed-used facilities for over 20 years. Their focus is “high-density urban intensification”. With around 16 completed mid to high-rise multi-residential projects, they have worked on various developments total more than 2,500 residential units, including the DTK condos; which will be the tallest tower in Kitchener standing at 39 storeys tall.

 

The Opportunities ahead

IN8 is interested in this building and Hamilton because of how many heritage buildings it has, the relatively low cost and affordability, the potential waterfront opportunities, the Hamilton LRT B-line with a planned rail transit line between Eastgate Square and McMaster University, and its location near GO transit which spans all across Toronto. With GO transit and the new B-line transit, there is a lot of potential for a lot of new residents, customers, and businesses.

IN8’s vision with this project is to revitalize the building, making it a place for people to live, play, work in the downtown core of Hamilton. A goal with this is to also incentivize people to work and live in Hamilton, so IN8 is planning on having both residential and commercial elements in the new development of Hamilton City Center.

The city of Hamilton wants development, both residential and employment growth in its downtown core and so is incentivizing businesses by having decreased development charges, heritage building grants, tax grants, and interest-free loans. 

The development will take a while though, IN8 would like to take at least about 2 years to plan and research to find what is the best course of action with the building with construction starting in at least approximately 3 years. There is also a potential for parts of the building to just be revitalized and not fully demolished and remade. The Hamilton City Center is more than 3.54 acres with over 550,000 square feet of commercial area, so there is a lot to work with and IN8 says that it has more potential than to just be a tower.

Read more about the redevelopment, IN8, and the Hamilton City Center here:

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Ontario Cannabis Retailers Opening Up to Selling Online and Over the Phone

One year after pot legalization and it seems Ontario has been struggling to uphold brick and mortar businesses. With a minuscule 24 stores fro the whole province many people still use the black market for their weed. Now the province wants to take more initiative to combat the underground market by increasing the amount and availability of approved retailers.

 

Selling Over the Phone and Online

It was announced on November 6th, 2019 that the government of Ontario. would allow stores to sell pot online and over the phone, buyers would then pick up their order in the brick and mortar store. Delivery is discouraged though for now, so the strict age verification process can be more easily upheld for both businesses and clients protection.

Edibles would also be allowed to be bought online or through phone since it recently became legal. There is a 60 day waiting period before edibles officially are on sale though, allowing time for sellers to have their edibles submitted and reviewed. Introducing this will almost certainly boost sales and access to legal weed, especially if the prices will be more competitive against the black market. Cutting out the black markets’ stronghold on cannabis sales will help to regulate to product and increase safety.

 

Pot Across the Provinces

Despite Ontario’s high population, Ontario is actually last in terms of the number of pot stores in the province. Province-wide there are about 24 stores for 14.57 million people. Northwest territories also has a low amount of stores, standing at just 5, but taking into account the population; that’s 1 store for every 9,000 people out of 38,780, significantly more population-wise than Ontario.

The ranking goes from Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, to Manitoba. The title for the province with the largest number of stores goes to Alberta with over 300 licensed private marihuana providers for 4.37 million people. Alberta’s industry is so strong that they have more stores than every other province combined and by 2012 the number of stores could even increase to 500.

This new initiative could open up the Ontario market and introduce more sellers in the province to help level the playing field a bit more. Because there is such a large discrepancy between Ontarios population and the number of pot stores province-wide the illegal underground industry is still very much thriving and the government wants to combat that in any way that it can.

 

Updated Legislation to Accommodate Growth

While Ontario seems to be falling behind, the government has made strides to update legislation and aid cannabis retailers to try to promote their growth and development. The plan is to increase the allowed amount of stores from 25 up to allowing 75 pot stores to open this fall. Having sales available over your phone and online will make the brick and mortar stores much more accessible and consumer-friendly in this age of online shopping and Amazon orders.

There is also the possibility of a new aspect of the cannabis industry to help it grow and fight against the illegal underground industry, with retail spaces for the products there is a chance of tourism. Just like a brewery or distillery doing tours and having back and forth conversations with the brewers working, it would provide a new experience for consumers while also providing an opportunity to educate on the product and growing process. These sorts of situations would be an advantage over the black market, providing a consumer-friendly environment and encouraging growth within the industry.

 

Read more about this new development for cannabis sellers here:

https://www.redevgroup.com/news-article/ontario-cannabis-retailers-to-sell-online-and-over-the-phone