Heard on the Street – New Virtual Reality Gaming Centre Set to Open
MATHCA, a virtual reality gaming centre serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, is preparing to open at 12058 Tecumseh Road East in the town of Tecumseh. Owner Ahmed Merie, who has a PhD in mathematics, reveals the centre was slated to open before the COVID-19 crisis changed his plans. “We expect to be open for takeout only first, and then once restrictions are lifted we will open up for gaming sessions,” says Merie. Most of the games will be educational in nature and based on mathematics, but with a lot of fun components included, explains Merie. Catering for birthday parties and other occasions will be added as well and there will be a separate area for children under the age of five where parents can watch while older children use the gaming equipment. Eventually, breakfast items offered will include crepes, omelettes, waffles and flapjacks. The lunch and dinner menu will feature pitas, salads and burgers along with lamb and chicken plates and a variety of sides. The building was previously home to Railside Jack’s, The Broken Egg and for many years, Gilligan’s.
Perciballi Pools & Spas, one of the region’s oldest pool companies, is adding a pizza component to its Tecumseh location at 11634 Tecumseh Road East, according to Manager Diana Luciani. It’s expected that the pizzeria will be open by the beginning of July once all the equipment and required permits are in place. Luciani says that “We haven’t settled on a date yet, but it shouldn’t be too long before we’re up and running.” Luciani informs Biz X that the company closed a pizza restaurant on Patillo Road over a month ago and decided to move everything under one roof. “We’ve split the store in half so it should make it more convenient for everyone to operate out of one place,” adds Luciani. Meanwhile, the pool business is booming, largely because many area residents have cancelled plans for vacations, given the current COVID-19 crisis, and are instead concentrating on their homes and gardens. “We’ve been busy with estimates and taking orders and now that we’ve been given the green light to start construction, we expected to be crazy busy for the next couple of months if not longer,” Luciani comments.In preparation for a full re-opening of downtown Windsor businesses, the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (DWBIA) started offering free resource and safety supply packages to its members beginning June 1. The package includes disposable masks, hand sanitizer, window clings, floor decals and a set of six public service announcement posters. “We’re delighted to see businesses reopening in the core,” says DWBIA Chair Brian Yeomans. “But we know returning to work can be a difficult thing to navigate.” Yeoman adds that “We want our membership to know we’re putting them first and we support their safety and that of their patrons and customers.” Members who wish to receive a kit can view contact information on the BIA website.
Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies has become the latest company to fall victim to the Conservative provincial government’s decision to cancel the much-vaunted Feed-In Tariff program. The company, located at 11600 County Road 42, was launched in 2010 initially to manufacture solar panels and it later switched to installation services. It was purchased in 2015 by Bluewater Power, a public utility company based in Sarnia. Unconquered Sun Owner and Founder Sean Moore couldn’t be reached for comment before press time. The building is listed for sale by CBRE agents Brook Handysides and Brad Collins for $2.05 million. Only a handful of employees remain and operations are expected to shut down completely within a month or so. Last July, CS Wind, a manufacturer of wind turbine towers, closed its doors citing a drop in business, again because of the cancellation of the Feed-In Tariff program instituted by the previous Liberal government, to great fanfare.
The value of building permits issued by the City of Windsor through the first quarter of 2020 have held their own compared to one year ago, despite the pandemic crisis, which shut down many construction projects across the province. So far this year, $117,308,933 in permits have been issued compared to $119,974,856 a year ago. Residential permits lead the way at $64.2 million compared to $47 million and government and institutional permits are up to $28.5 million from $23.1 million. Industrial permit values have dropped to $16 million from $19.8 million and commercial permits have fallen to $8.5 million from $29.3 million. The major projects to come online this year include construction of a new student residence at St. Clair College for $18 million; an addition at Academie Ste. Cecile at 925 Cousineau Road for $2.626 million; an addition to the Ska:Na Family Learning Centre at 1699 Northway Avenue for $1.4 million; construction of an above-grade portion of a medical centre at 2950 Metcalfe Street for $1.08 million; interior renovations at the Best Western Plus at 255 Riverside Drive West for $1 million; interior fittings for Quicken Loans’ offices at 156 Chatham Street West for $700,000 and construction of a softball complex and parking lot at St. Clair College for $699,000.