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Heard on the Street September 2021
A construction project led by Petretta Construction Inc. will see a new A&W Restaurant and a commercial plaza open in the next few months, at the intersection of Totten Street and Huron Church Road. It will replace a Rexall Drug Store, which was demolished in July. Jonathon Lot, Petretta’s Vice-President of Operations, notes pad preparation took place in late July with foundation work expected to follow in late August into September. The latest project brings development at that intersection, full circle. Lot explains Petretta developed the Rexall a few years ago along with the adjacent Shoppers Drug Mart, which remains open. In addition to this commercial development, Petretta remains busy in the condominium marketplace with 11 towers in various stages of development from planning to construction. The latest include a new condo building on the site of the former Sunnyside Tavern in LaSalle and another in Riverside, which is still in the early planning stages. The company will also be starting a project at Acali Place Marina, 2882 Front Road in LaSalle in the fall, where it will be building a new 9,100 square foot building with a mix of offices and storage, as well as a 6,100 square foot addition to the marina’s boat storage building. Lot adds that Petretta is also in the final stages of finishing off their part of the work in constructing a new modular student housing complex on St. Clair College’s campus. “We’ve been very busy and expect to remain busy for the new few years,” says Lot.
BRL Construction, a London-based contracting firm, is bringing new Starbucks, Church’s Texas Chicken, and Fat Bastard Burrito Co. franchises to the intersection of Tecumseh Road West and Huron Church Road. The new development will be located on the northeast corner of the intersection adjacent to Food Basics, Canadian Tire, Dollarama, RBC Royal Bank and Shoppers Drug Mart. BRL owner Albert Meddaoui says the development should be ready for tenant occupancy by mid-November with the interiors, which are being handled by the individual tenants, to be completed within a further six weeks. Fat Bastard Burrito features quesadillas, tacos and burritos while Church’s menu includes a variety of fried chicken dishes. BRL is also building a plaza, which will have a mix of commercial and retail tenants, on the site of the former Studio 4 Tavern at the same intersection.
Richard and Colleen Peddie are continuing to help change the face of historic downtown Amherstburg. First, they opened River Bookshop at 67 Richmond Street and followed that with The Panetteria, a European-style bakery, at 248 Ramsey Street. Now, they have plans to construct a new building at 63 Richmond Street, replacing a former travel agency and a frozen yogurt shop, which will house a candy maker and another tenant — yet to be determined. There will also be two apartments on the second floor of the new building. A redeveloped parking lot and alley will allow space for a small patio for bakery customers. Richard is the former President of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, while Colleen is the President of a Toronto-based public relations and advertising agency. The projects will cost in the neighbourhood of $1 million. The couple now lives on Boblo Island.
Station Restaurant, a long time staple on the city’s west side at 1350 Pelletier Street, has changed hands and re-opened in August under new management. Satel Singh has purchased the building, which also includes a residential component, with Luigi Montini stepping in to run the restaurant. Former owners Isa and Merita Berberi operated the restaurant, which was built as a train station in 1929, for 25 years. “It has been a very difficult decision to make, but the time has come to leave Windsor and move closer to our family,” according to the Beris. ’We’ve served meals for first dates that later turned into family dinners and we’ve hosted memorable birthday parties, served routine weekend brunches and everything in between.” Montini, who has previous experience working at a restaurant and a bakery, says he will retain the Station name and the menu, but has undertaken some renovations including new floor tiles and a paint job. Read about the latest updates on the restaurant on their social media page. Franca Pheby, a Sales Representative with Platinum Realty Inc. Brokerage, who handled the transaction, believes “it’s a great opportunity for the right buyer.”
Skippy’s Restaurant, a popular breakfast spot at 954 University Avenue West, across from the old Grace Hospital site, has been sold and recently re-opened as the Rise N’ Shine diner that also focuses on serving breakfast and lunch dishes. Former owners Daniel Sims and Melissa Martin closed Skippy’s in March 2020 after 40 years.
Accountant Stephen Funtig is the new owner of Maidstone Tree Farm & Garden Centre after purchasing the business from Vic and Kathy Bellaire in late July. The Bellaires bought 16.5 acres of farmland in 1988 and started planting White Spruce, Blue Spruce and Ash trees on the property. They opened the garden centre in 1994. The business is located at 7010 Highway 3 in Maidstone.