Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
Heard On The Street – July August 2021 – Execucentre Relocates
Execucentre, which offers office space for entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, and start-ups, has relocated to 2557 Dougall Avenue, Unit 6, in Windsor close to Bluewater Pools & Spas. “We have been severely impacted by COVID because more people are working from home and don’t need office space,” explains owner Lois Dimoff whose late husband Nick launched the business 25 years ago. “We needed a smaller space because of that impact,” she explains. Other services include virtual offices, office and boardroom rentals, mailboxes and preparation of cover letters and resumes by the centre’s professional office staff. “It’s a lovely new space and I’m very proud of it,” says Dimoff. The move took place in mid-June and Dimoff is confident it will yield positive results. “It’s been a difficult year or so for many businesses, including ours,” she adds.
The owners of Kona Sushi are planning to open two more locations in the region. The first to open is in July, at 1224 County Road 22, Unit 10 in Emeryville. The second new one is scheduled to open in the fall at 11977 Tecumseh Road East in the previous home of Tecumseh Diner & Subs. There are currently two Kona Sushi restaurants — 5965 Malden Road in LaSalle, which opened 13 months ago, and 1801 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor, which opened four years ago. Owner Nick Mountryvong says business started to pick up once patio dining was allowed in mid-June. “Before that, we offered an all-you-can-eat curbside service, which allowed people to order on an app on their phone and then re-order if they wanted more food,” he explains. “You have to be creative and try to find a way to stay afloat.” Mountryvong mentions he was very appreciative of the neighbourhood support throughout the pandemic. “Our regulars were coming in more often just to help us stay open and it was amazing,” he adds.
A new Pakistani-Indian grocery store is expected to open at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Tecumseh Road West (1434 Campbell Avenue) by the end of July. The building, which once housed a Windsor Tae-Kwon Do studio, has changed hands four or five times in the past five years, according to Mustafa Malik, a Real Estate Agent with LC Platinum Real Estate. “The new owners, who are local, are in the process of renovating the space,” says Malik, at the time of writing in late June. “It needs a new floor and walk-in coolers before they can even think about opening.”
First Choice Haircutters, which has more than 400 locations across North America, has relocated one of its salons in Windsor. The new location is at 1691 Tecumseh Road West, just across the street and one block to the east of the previous salon. It opened on June 30, 2021 when COVID-19 restrictions moved to Step Two of Ontario’s re-opening plan, which included hair salons and spas. Another First Choice salon operates from 5060 Tecumseh Road East.
Access Storage, the largest storage company in Canada, has reportedly acquired Guardian Storage. Access, which was established in 1998, has eight locations in the Windsor area and now Guardian’s two locations have been added to Access’s portfolio. Guardian Storage opened its facility at 5505 Rhodes Drive (Windsor Airport) in November 1998 and had only recently opened a second location at 472 Blanchard Drive in Lakeshore. Access also has locations in LaSalle, Essex, Leamington and Emeryville.
Developers of The Grove Motel, a proposed boutique-style motel in Colchester, are anxious to get a shovel in the ground now that zoning approval has been granted by the Town of Essex, but they still have to wait until a 21 day appeal process expires. Zoning approval was granted June 21 and that’s when the 21 day clock started ticking. “We have a preliminary design in place, but we won’t get started spending real money, as it were, until final approval is given,” says Jim Flynn, whose family is developing the project. Flynn says the next part of the project will cost about $160,000 and he hopes to have all the relevant approvals in place for a fall start. “We’re excited about it and anxious to get started,” he says. The motel will have two floors and 28 units on County Road 50 West, just a short walk from Colchester Beach.
Owners of More Taters Please, a locally-owned restaurant featuring a variety of baked potatoes, poutine, fries, wraps, bowls and chicken dishes, are opening a second location at 4320 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor. The space was previously home to a KFC outlet (its new location on Tecumseh Road East near Rivard is slated to open at the end of the year). More Taters’ original restaurant is situated at 4110 Walker Road. Download their app to order on your phone or to order online.
With 2021 almost half-over, the value of construction permits issued by the City of Windsor’s building department is almost $20 million ahead of the same period a year ago. So far this year, $164,327,850 in permits has been issued, compared to $145,421,581 through May of 2020. Government and institutional lead the way with an increase from $29.3 million to $46.7 million; followed by residential, which has jumped from $87.8 million to $92.3 million. Meanwhile, industrial permits have fallen from $16.9 million to $14.7 million and commercial permits have dropped from $11.4 million to $10.6 million. Among the major projects launched recently are; construction of Parkview Public School for $10.7 million; additions and alterations to a Ford Motor Company building at 2950 Metcalfe Street for $5 million; construction of a greenhouse at Jackson Park at 125 Tecumseh Road East for $2.5 million; repairs to a City of Windsor parking garage at 62 Chatham Street East for $950,000; construction of a commercial building at 2640 Tecumseh Road West for $900,000; alterations to a non-profit organization’s building at 5305 Adstoll Avenue for $850,000; replacement of roof units at The Village of Aspen Lake long term care facility at 9855 McHugh Street for $833,000; construction of a six-unit multiple dwelling at 251 Watkins Street for $750,000; construction of a new medical centre/pharmacy building at 1200 University Avenue West for $625,000; alterations to Princess Elizabeth Public School at 5399 Raymond Avenue for $550,000 and alterations to Roseville Public School at 6265 Roseville Gardens for $450,000.