Loblaws to open new grocery store in downtown Edmonton

A new “urban concept” grocery store will be opening in Edmonton’s downtown Ice District, at the site where the Greyhound bus station had been located up until 2016.

Loblaws will be opening a CityMarket grocery store on the site, the Ice District announced in a Monday news release. The location, expected to open in fall 2020, will be the second CityMarket in Edmonton, in addition to one in the Brewery District.

The 22,000-square-foot store will be located on the second floor of the Block BG building at 103rd Avenue and 103rd Street. According to the news release, visitors in the public plaza being built south of Rogers Place will have convenient access to the grocery store, including an escalator directly to its doorstep.

“This urban concept grocery store is aimed at all food lovers alike and will provide a great assortment of food for the busy downtown resident,” stated the news release.

An underground parkade and indoor pedway system will also provide access to the supermarket.

Derrick Pittman, a Loblaws vice president, said the “trendy, desirable” district in downtown Edmonton is a good fit for the CityMarket brand.

According to the Rogers Place website, Block BG will consist of a three-level retail podium, and a residential tower consisting of 568 rental suites.

The Ice District is a joint venture between the Katz Group and ONE Properties.



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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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