Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | April 5, 2016
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Top feature photo of ground breaking from left: Steve Clark, MPP Leeds-Grenville, Fernando Lozano of GKC Architects, Giant Tiger VP of Warehousing and Distribution Mike Quinn, President and COO Thomas Haig, Executive VP and CFO Paul Wood, Scott Reid, GT Board of Directors and MP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, Sean Lundy, CEO of  M.P. Lundy Construction Inc., James Trimm, managing director of CBRE Canada, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau, Gord Brown, MP Leeds-Grenville - Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, and Friendly the Tiger. 

Above photo from left: MP Scott Reid, whose father Gordon Reid founded Giant Tiger in 1961, Mayor Sayeau and President Thomas Haig.

Above photo: Mayor Sayeau presents a keepsake to MP Scott Reid; Below: Deputy Mayor Peggy Taylor hands keepsakes to Giant Tiger's Paul Wood, left, and Thomas Haig at the site overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the international bridge at Johnstown.

Giant Tiger breaks ground for massive distribution centre in Johnstown 
JOHNSTOWN - Construction of Giant Tiger's new, state-of-the-art 600,000-square-foot distribution centre is underway.

An official ground-breaking ceremony attracted more than 100 people Monday afternoon at the Johnstown Industrial Park on County Road 2. Once constructed, the facility will be the size of 10 football fields. It's a multi-million dollar investment in the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal and part of the retail company's continuing expansion strategy throughout Canada.

"This investment is certain to provide benefits throughout the entire region as our facility will generate new business within Edwardsburgh Cardinal and its nearby communities," said Thomas Haig, Giant Tiger's President and Chief Operating Officer.

"The Johnstown Industrial Park is one of Ontario's first Certified Site Program Industrial Parks and we are thrilled to have one of the largest development projects that Leeds Grenville has seen in years," said Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau.

The Giant Tiger Stores Limited executive team was joined by company founding family member Scott Reid, MP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, MP Gord Brown, MPP Steve Clark, municipal leaders and Edwardsburgh Cardinal Council and staff. 

The company's Executive VP and CFO Paul Wood called the new distribution centre "the largest project in Giant Tiger history." Mr. Wood served as master of ceremonies for the event.

Giant Tiger operates three dry-goods facilities in Ottawa as well as temperature-controlled facilities in Brockville and Brantford. There will be no change to the temperature-controlled facilities as they recently expanded. 

The new Giant Tiger Distribution Centre is scheduled to be operational by the summer of 2018. 

Learn more about Giant Tiger on their website or their Facebook page. You can also visit them on Instragram, Twitter and YouTube. See the full media release from Giant Tiger.

North Grenville's vision for renewed 
Kemptville College gets backing from BDO 
KEMPTVILLE - Top accounting firm BDO Canada is endorsing the Municipality of North Grenville's vision for a re-invented Kemptville College.

The BDO Business Assessment analysis supports the municipality's plan to create a non-profit, multi-tenant education and community hub focused on low-carbon innovation and climate change adaptation/mitigation in the areas of agricultural, forestry and water resource management.

"The vision the Municipality of North Grenville has for Kemptville College has strong market potential and sustainable financials given favourable negotations with the Province," BDO Partner Richard Mercier said in a North Grenville media release.

North Grenville Mayor David Gordon is happy with the report. "We are looking forward to entering into formal negotiations with the Province for the acquisition of Kemptville College lands," he said in the media release.

Council voted unanimously Monday night in support of a resolution to begin negotiations with the Province.

You can read more about the renewal plan on North Grenville's Kemptville College Renewal page where there is access to the full BDO report. For more see our Community Media Releases webpage.