The Next Big Thing: Farm Boy opens their largest store in Ottawa

Homegrown grocery retailer Farm Boy adds another new location to their already-impressive array of stores. This new flagship store is located in the Ottawa Trainyards district and replaces their older store located in the same complex. Along with Farm Boy’s standard offerings, this new store features a coffee shop, pizza oven, burger truck, and a mezzanine overlooking the store. Customers can sit and enjoy their food on the mezzanine. In the warmer months, it extends to an outdoor seating area.  

Since 2015 we have contributed to Farm Boy’s expansion with over thirty different projects, ranging from new stand alone stores to full renovations, fit-ups and conversions. Project locations include Brantford, Burlington, Cambridge, Etobicoke, Hamilton, Kitchener, Oakville, Ottawa, Pickering and Toronto with sites in Richmond and Waterloo under construction.

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Back to School: Ashbury Collage Centre for Science and Innovation

Despite the challenges this year has brought to education, Ashbury College has much to celebrate with the opening of their new Centre for Science and Innovation. The centre officially opened in September. Students will now be able to experience the state-of-the-art facility which houses university level labs, an innovation classroom and media lab, terrarium and touch-down workspaces. With the addition of this new facility, Ashbury aims to further encourage students to be inventive, while providing them with a foundation to learn and discover to their highest capability.

Photos by Gordon King

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The Art of the Possible: MCROBIE Envisions the Ottawa Gatineau Transit Loop and a Wellington Transformation

We’ve been working with a group called Supporters of the Loop, who are proposing a streetcar loop to connect Ottawa and Gatineau’s rapid transit systems. This contingent of business groups, community leaders and former mayors is calling on governments and communities to collaborate in evaluating a Nation Capital streetcar loop, stating “We have a once in a generation opportunity to develop a National Capital Region transit plan that is green, sustainable and enhances the National Capital experience for all Canadians.”

They envision the benefits of replacing bus, car and truck traffic on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill with a streetcar and pedestrian realm.
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