Sunday, January 21, 2018

4612 and 4650 Dawson Rezoning initiated

Rezoning has been initiated to build street front townhouses along Dawson between Beta and Alpha Aves with apartment buildings behind them.  The developer is yet to be identified.  With the south side of Dawson Street between Willindgon and Alpha already being forwarded for a massive development by Aoyuan International and the Concord Brentwood site moving ahead, the entire length of the south side of Dawson from Willingdon to Douglas Rd will be nearly completed with residential developments.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sears closes doors for good

Sometime last week I noticed that the Sears in Brentwood finally closed down for good.  There goes the short cut to and form the roof top parking.

Time will now tell what kind of activity the 3 level space will be used for.  Rumors of T&T Supermarket have been mentioned for at least 1 of the 3 levels.  A grocery store would definitely fill a niche.  I wonder if Kin's Farm Market would make a return to Brentwood.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Larry Fitzgerald in Brentwood Park

I just noticed this Bose commercial featuring NFL player Larry Fitzgerald on Sportsnet this morning.  Pretty cool.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boston Pizza and Cactus Club at Amazing Brentwood?

The following article hints that the current Cactus Club west of Madison on Lougheed Hwy may relocate as did the newly designed Cactus Club in Richmond.  With the Boston Pizza next door to Cactus Club having already closed down and vacating its building, it makes me wonder if both restaurants are planning to make the move to a higher foot traffic location that the Amazing Brentwood will be able to offer in 2019.  If we want to increase the rumor index even further, the long-gone Milestones that made room for Solo District a few years ago may also make its return by reopening in the Amazing Brentwood.  Only time will tell, and that time is getting closer by the month.

Cactus Club Café relocates and relaunches Richmond location

by Craig Takeuchi on November 28th, 2017 at 11:37 AM

When the Cactus Club Café first opened in Vancouver, its image was decidedly different from the one it features today.
Way back in 1992, when the locally based restaurant chain opened its fourth location at No. 3 Road and Landsdowne Road in Richmond, the décor featured neon signs and rubber chickens. Fun times.
But as part of its relocation and continuing evolution of its identity, the Lansdowne location auctioned off its previous décor items, which included a massive moose head and a painting of a rabbit in a hat. (The auction raised $5,000 for the Richmond Food Bank—not too shabby at all.)
The restaurant closed down its previous Richmond location in October and opened its new premises on November 7 at 1666–6551 No. 3 Road at Richmond Centre.

With a seating capacity of 300 patrons, the new 7,000-square-foot premises feature mahogany wood floors and cedar wood accents, plus a heated enclosed patio (with a retractable roof, sliding glass walls, and booth seating).

Making the animal-themed décor of its previous incarnation truly a thing of the past, the new location displays a variety of modern art prints and designer lighting by names such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mr. Brainwash, Poul Henningsen, and Omer Arbel.

Forthcoming potential projects will include Metrotown and Brentwood locations in Burnaby, although details are not yet available.
The restaurant opened its first location in North Vancouver in 1988, and now has several locations in B.C. and Alberta, as well as one in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and another in Toronto, Ontario.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Shape sees Sears closure as opportunity

Shape Properties sees the closure of Sears as clearing the way and providing more options for the redevelopment of the northeast quadrant of the Brentwood redevelopment.

Speaking of opportunities, whereas Sears is permanently closing down during Brentwood's transformation, it is rumoured that the tiny Coles bookstore in Brentwood will be opening a large format Chapters/Indigo style store in the Amazing Brentwood retail area currently under construction.

Sears closure an ‘opportunity’

Big retail chain’s downfall will make redevelopment ‘smoother’

Burnaby Now
OCTOBER 30, 2017 10:55 AM

There could be a silver lining to the impending closure of Sears Canada – at least for the people behind the redevelopment of Brentwood Town Centre.
Last week, Sears Canada announced it would close its remaining stores effective early in the new year. This includes the Burnaby locations at Metropolis at Metrotown and Brentwood Town Centre, which currently employ 122 and 99 people, respectively.
While the future of the Metrotown site remains unknown, there is a plan on the books for the space at Brentwood after Sears closes its doors for good, according to Shape Properties.
“The closing of Sears, while sad from one perspective – you hate to see businesses go under – I think here it becomes a positive that we can continue with the vision, and continue probably faster and smoother,” said Darren Kwiatkowski, executive vice-president, development and acquisitions.
Shape Properties owns the 28-acre site at 4515 and 4567 Lougheed Hwy., and work is currently underway on the first phase of the site’s redevelopment. Dubbed “The Amazing Brentwood,” the Brentwood Town Centre redevelopment will include the construction of more than 6,000 new homes and 1.1 million square feet of commercial space.
Work is underway right now on the first phase of the project.
The logistics of Phase 2, which includes the northwest corner of the site, are being worked out right now.
The existing Sears location and surrounding parking lot is all part of the third phase of the project.
“The plan sets out the principles. As we move forward over time, how much of the mall is demolished and rebuilt and how much is repurposed or reused, those decisions kind of get made at the time based on cost and practicality,” he said. “It’s safe to say the parts of the mall that will remain will undergo renovation and updating so that it all feels shiny and new.”
Asked if Shape has any prospects for a new tenant for the Sears space once it closes, Kwiatkowski said they don’t. In fact, the company might not even bother renting out the space, he said.
“It would be short term, if there was a tenant, but we’re studying that right now as far as what we do in the interim,” he said.
It could be that Shape will need the space for its sales centre or other existing clients currently housed in spaces in the northwest corner of the site, which would be forced out once construction on Phase 2 starts, he added.
“At the end of the day, there will be more shops, more restaurants and more jobs than were lost at the Sears, so I think it’s a boost,” Kwiatkowski said, adding the goal of the redevelopment is to create a walkable community that includes a mix of residential and commercial opportunities.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Don't fall for Sears "Liquidation" scam

Several years ago when Zellers filed for bankruptcy and began its liquidation sales, the company jacked up prices before slapping 40-70% off tags on its items.  This scam was verified by Brentwood Zellers employees themselves that were made to mark up the price tags before placing "marked down" prices on products.  Consumers are now noticing the same with the Sears "Liquidation" sale.  For example, at the Brentwood location, there are shirts with multiple price tags on them with prices starting at $149 down to $50 on a rack that has  "20%" off sign on it.  A $149 shirt?  Really?  To top it off, the same shirt was tagged at $40 a week earlier.

DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE BIG LIQUIDATION SCAM.  Do your research before following the crowd like sheep and standing in long lines to throw away your hard-earned money into a well-crafted scam.