Friday , 21 July 2017


Woodgrove Centre Plans $17 Million Upgrade

Woodgrove Centre is undergoing a $17 million renovation that will inject money into the local economy and strengthen the mall’s position as a retail destination on Vancouver Island. Ivanhoe Cambridge made the announcement today to renovate the centre’s common areas, food court, entrance and exterior and customer service centre. “This $17 million renovation is going to refresh the shopping centre ... Read More »

New Manager At Woodgrove Excited About The Future

While new to the role of General Manager, Woodgrove Centre’s Julia Dow is no stranger to the mall itself. “I started with Ivanhoe Cambridge (the mall’s owners) in March 2008 right here at Woodgrove Centre as the Specialty Leasing Manager. Then I had Mayfair (in Victoria) added to my responsibilities in 2010. I did Mayfair and Woodgrove as Specialty Leasing ... Read More »

Second Smitty’s Restaurant Slated To Open In The Fall

The recent closing of the Earls’ Restaurant in North Nanaimo presented an opportunity too good for Lyle Sharkey to pass up. The owner of the Southgate Smitty’s Restaurant is going to be constructing a second outlet for the franchise on the site of the former Earl’s Restaurant. “We’re going for two, we’ve done a lot of research on this location ... Read More »

Business Professionals Tackling New Jobs/Responsibilities

Merv Unger, the one-time newspaperman, city councilor and businessman can add yet another item to his long list of achievements, as he was recently named General Manager of the Vancouver Island Raiders football team. He takes on the new challenge with a wealth of managerial experience behind him, including having served previously as a general manager and as a league ... Read More »

Black’s Photography To Shutter Its Last 59 Stores

In a sign that it could not keep up with the changing technological times, 85 year old Blacks Photography has announced that it is closing its last 59 stores, effective August 8. The shutdown of the stores, most of them in Ontario, will leave 485 employees without jobs, and Telus (Black’s parent company) stated it will try to find the ... Read More »

Road Closures Announced During Cruise Ship Visit

There’s going to be some hectic activity around downtown Nanaimo this Friday (June 5) when the Celebrity Cruises cruise ship Celebrity Infinity docks in the Harbour City. To accommodate the sudden influx of seagoing visitors into the city centre area the City of Nanaimo has announced some road closures that will affect traffic flows in the region throughout the day. ... Read More »

Pleasant Valley Landing Nearing Completion

One of Nanaimo’s newest retail developments is taking shape in the city’s northend. Pleasant Valley Landing is in an advanced stage of completion and will be seeing its first tenants moving in within the next few weeks. “It’s too premature to disclose tenants however we are talking to several interested groups,” explained Jason Winton, a commercial REALTOR® with Colliers International ... Read More »

Government Funding To Promote New Food Product

Nanaimo-based Paradise Island Foods is receiving $47,337 from the provincial government through the B.C. government’s Buy Local Program to help it promote its new line of lactose-free cheese products. The funding will help the company inform British Columbians about the company’s ongoing commitment to produce products that meet changing market demands while providing outstanding customer service. “Paradise Island Foods has ... Read More »

Locals Busy, Retired, Appointed & On The Move

Project Management and Marketing expert Angie Barnard has been especially busy these days. Not only is she keeping active with her work at the Network Hub in downtown Nanaimo (which she co-founded), she’s also acting as the principle organizer of the upcoming Heritage Days festival planned for the May long weekend (May 16 and 17). The re-imagined Empire Days, Heritage ... Read More »

Customer Service Training Workshops Planned

A key part of any business success has to reside with quality customer service. A customer is not likely to return a second time if they were badly treated by a staff member the first time they stopped by. But sometimes business owners lack the time, money or even the necessary skills to effectively train their staff in proper customer ... Read More »