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Heard on the Street May 2017

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Heard on the Street May 2017

After spending more than a dozen years on Pelee Island running Conorlee’s, a successful delicatessen and bakery, Matt Costello and Ricki Oltean are ready to make a move back to the mainland. They’ve put their business, with attached three bedroom home, on the market and hope to sell during the approaching summer season. “It’s partly because of the children and their schooling options and partly because we just want to try something new,” says Costello. “We’re preparing to open for our 13th season and we will keep operating until we can find a buyer.” Listing agent Cathie Penner of RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd., Brokerage adds “it’s a fabulous business at the north end of the island and it’s easily a turnkey operation for the right buyer. It’s perfect for active retirees looking for a new business venture in a beautiful setting.” Costello visited the island a number of years ago and then went back when he was offered a job. “I met Ricki and fell in love with both her and the island,” he recounts. “It’s been absolutely awesome, but it’s time for a change.” The business also offers catering, fine dining, bed and breakfast options and is open all year except for a three month break in the winter. It’s listed with RE/MAX for $395,000 (PennerProperties.com).

Rebuffed when he tried to lease space in the ground level of the city-owned Pelissier Street parking garage, Luis Mendez has shifted gears and still plans to open a second location of his True Fitness Windsor business in the city core. The city plans to turn the ground floor back into parking which left Mendez scrambling to find an alternate home. “It took a while to find the right space in the right place,” admits Mendez. “But, we did and I am very enthusiastic about our future downtown.” He says he expects to open True Fitness in the former Miller Canfield law offices at 443 Ouellette Avenue by July 1st. Mendez offers personal training services as well as full exercise and training options in an upscale setting. He opened his first True Fitness location at 4897 Tecumseh Road East three years ago and believes downtown workers and residents are ready for a full-service fitness centre. “There’s nothing else like it downtown,” claims Mendez. “The Y closed and moved out to Central Avenue so there are no real options downtown.” Mendez has 15 personal trainers on his roster and more than 200 clients. “We think there is a market for our services with the number of professionals and other people who work downtown,” he states. For more information, visit: TrueFitnessWindsor.com

Windsor’s latest Metro grocery store is no more than a month away from its official opening in the former Target store at Devonshire Mall. It’s expected that the massive retail space will generate more than 100 jobs bringing the company’s total workforce in Windsor to over 600 people. Redevelopment plans at the mall, expected to cost more than $70 million, also include a new and expanded food court with new dining options, an expanded seating area as well as added retail choices. “This is an exciting time for the centre,” says General Manager Chris Savard, while adding, their “program reaffirms Devonshire Mall’s commitment to remaining the premier shopping destination in the Windsor area.” Construction is already underway and is expected to be completed in phases by the end of 2018. The mall will remain open during the redevelopment.

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