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Arrakis Nov 10, 2012 11:32 PM

Hey, I was at the new Walmart on Hamlyn Road today. Some folks said that because they were leasing from the Sobey's group (who own the building) that Walmart would not be selling groceries there. Well I can tell you have groceries there and it seemed like they have more food and groceries there than the other stores do. And even though its probably a smaller store (sq ft) than the others, they have all the main departments there. It was kinda nuts there this afternoon as you can imagine. But just had to check it out anyway with a walk through. What a difference seeing that many cars out front compared to when Zellers was there.

statbass Nov 11, 2012 1:58 PM

Wing n’ It soaring
 
Business seems to be booming for Wing n' It. One will be opening up soon in Bay Roberts and there's two more scheduled to open in Clarenville and Corner Brook. There's even interest for franchising in Goose Bay, Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax, and out west.

The Telegram, Nov 10, 2012.

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Given Wing n’ It’s aviation iconography, saying the business is taking off comes across as a little corny.
But with the St. John’s-based chicken wing restaurant franchise about to open its fifth location — not even two years after its flagship location on Bates Hill downtown — it’s difficult to avoid.
Kim McFarlane, one of four partners — along with husband Glen McFarlane and friends Dave Deane and Sonia Ciccone — who opened the original spot in February 2011, said the idea grew out of their time in Ontario, where Deane and Ciccone operated a Wild Wing franchise in Innisfil for several years and befriended the McFarlanes.
“We moved from Ontario four years ago. We are from Newfoundland, and we were gone for 17 years,” said McFarlane.
“We always said this would really take off in Newfoundland. Any place you ever go to up there, there’s wings. There’s a whole bunch of places up there.”
Deane and Ciccone told the McFarlanes they’d be happy to put their restaurant experience to use in Newfoundland, so when Kim McFarlane was transferred to Newfoundland at her old job — the restaurant is now her full-time career — they decided to fill a wing void in the Newfoundland restaurant market.
Twenty-one months after opening, there are four Wing n’ Its in Newfoundland: in addition to downtown St. John’s, there’s one on Kenmount Road, one in Gander and one in Grand Falls-Windsor. A Bay Roberts location is due to open within two months, and there are outlets coming in Corner Brook and Clarenville in the next six months.
The company is also fielding interest from potential franchisees in other provinces in Atlantic Canada and beyond.
“We have an inquiry right now that we’re working on for Moncton, one for Charlottetown, P.E.I. We have one for Goose Bay, we have one for Halifax. We have three inquiries out west.”
McFarlane says she expected the restaurant to do well — it’s the speed at which it has that surprised her.
“Of course in your heart and your soul, you just want it successful,” she said. “To the magnitude that it has taken off, uh-uh. We wanted it to. After a couple of months, people were starting to know that we were here. We felt the interest, we got inquiries. People ask us, ‘Is this a franchise that you bought from the mainland?’ No, this is something that we created, and we got consultation on how to do franchises, and lo and behold, here we are. It’s exciting to see, because it’s a unique restaurant.”
“Here we are” is a franchise that goes through, McFarlane estimates, 2,600 pounds of wings a day among all four locations, and is looking at $3.4 million to $3.6 million in sales this year, about $2 million more than last year. The restaurant draws on flavours the owners tried and experimented with, as well as Deane and Ciccone’s experience — especially since the McFarlanes have a construction company that builds the restaurants.
“As we move, we’ve found that each location, there’s a tweak, a little bit of a better tweak to our build,” said McFarlane. At this point, the biggest worry may be spreading too soon too quickly — but McFarlane shakes that off.....
http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/...n-It-soaring/1

PoscStudent Nov 11, 2012 4:44 PM

^ Quite the success story.

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 4:46 PM

Yes, always good to hear about local business ventures succeeding. Just be careful not to try and expand too quickly.


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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 5898001)
Business seems to be booming for Wing n' It. One will be opening up soon in Bay Roberts and there's two more scheduled to open in Clarenville and Corner Brook. There's even interest for franchising in Goose Bay, Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax, and out west.

The Telegram, Nov 10, 2012.



http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/...n-It-soaring/1


Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 7:18 PM

Was out and about driving around today and drove into the new streets of the Field Power Centre off Torbay Road where Empire Cinemas is building a new cineplex. Discovered another roundabout. Here is a pic of it.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.n...93944983_n.jpg

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 7:43 PM

Here are some other photos from the Field Power Centre. They have several streets off of the main street which I assume is White Rose Drive.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...12142049_n.jpg

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 7:44 PM

here is another shot take from the roundabout at the Field Power Centre

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...08781028_o.jpg

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 7:51 PM

The Steele is going up for some of the new big box stores in the Harvey Power Centre behind Dominion on Stavanger. Banana Republic, Golf Town, Stokes, and other. This is also on White Rose Drive.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.n...55849740_n.jpg

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 7:53 PM

Anyone got any idea what store or restaurant this might be? It's on the parking lot at Walmart between Swiss Chatet and Buck or Two.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.n...39979574_n.jpg

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 7:55 PM

This construction is at the entrance of the new Field Power Centre where the cinemas are going. This kinda looks like the fittings for a drive-thru for one of the several restaurants planned to go there.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.n...68307316_n.jpg

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 7:59 PM

Here is another construction project in progress on the corner of White Rose Drive just as you exit out onto Torbay Road on the same side of the street as Best Buy.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...80265035_n.jpg

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 8:02 PM

The shoe company on Aberdeen Ave have expanded their store.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.n...77216766_o.jpg

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 8:06 PM

Another office/retail building planned for White Rose Drive. This is right in front of the new RONA store.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.n...93564138_n.jpg

statbass Nov 11, 2012 9:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Arrakis (Post 5898251)
Anyone got any idea what store or restaurant this might be? It's on the parking lot at Walmart between Swiss Chatet and Buck or Two.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.n...39979574_n.jpg

I heard it's either a new TD or CIBC bank. One is going where Penney Pre-owned used to be while the other in that location. I'm not sure which one is going where though.

A great bunch of pics by the way! :tup:

Arrakis Nov 11, 2012 10:11 PM

Cool thanks Statbass.
Seems like banks are popping up everywhere lately.

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Originally Posted by statbass (Post 5898326)
I heard it's either a new TD or CIBC bank. One is going where Penney Pre-owned used to be while the other in that location. I'm not sure which one is going where though.

A great bunch of pics by the way! :tup:


Townie709 Nov 12, 2012 3:59 AM

Thanks for the update! I'm going to have to try to get up there soon and see the progress. St. John's first heavy traffic roundabout! It will either be a huge disaster, or a success! I'm rooting for success. Roundabouts can be so much more convenient than traffic lights in many situations.

IronMan Nov 12, 2012 3:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Arrakis (Post 5898260)
Here is another construction project in progress on the corner of White Rose Drive just as you exit out onto Torbay Road on the same side of the street as Best Buy.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...80265035_n.jpg

According to 'The Scope', this is the location of the new Harvey's Restaurant. (It is listed in the new construction list in this week's city council minutes as well. (Address is 3 Hebron way, which I believe is the street in front of the Rona, and White Rose is on the other side of Torbay heading towards the new Empire development???)

I also noticed in city council minutes that CIBC is going on Stavanger where the Penney Used Cars was, and TD is going next to A Buck or Two on Aberdeen. (I was disappointed with that one as it was a nice place for another restaurant!)

Just wondering - last week's city council minutes listed a new retail store construction at 3 Stavanger Drive, but I can't seem to see where that is? Thought it was in the area of Best Buy? Unless it is the renovation of the former Golf store, but it was listed as new construction. Not sure about this one but new construction retail always grabs my attention!

Love the pics by the way - the roundabout looks fantastic - looking forward to it!

statbass Nov 12, 2012 4:08 PM

Here's a pic of the new Kent building in CBS

http://i50.tinypic.com/15x8i7s.jpg

statbass Nov 12, 2012 6:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IronMan (Post 5898793)
According to 'The Scope', this is the location of the new Harvey's Restaurant. (It is listed in the new construction list in this week's city council minutes as well. (Address is 3 Hebron way, which I believe is the street in front of the Rona, and White Rose is on the other side of Torbay heading towards the new Empire development???)

I also noticed in city council minutes that CIBC is going on Stavanger where the Penney Used Cars was, and TD is going next to A Buck or Two on Aberdeen. (I was disappointed with that one as it was a nice place for another restaurant!)

Just wondering - last week's city council minutes listed a new retail store construction at 3 Stavanger Drive, but I can't seem to see where that is? Thought it was in the area of Best Buy? Unless it is the renovation of the former Golf store, but it was listed as new construction. Not sure about this one but new construction retail always grabs my attention!

Love the pics by the way - the roundabout looks fantastic - looking forward to it!

A Harvey's restaurant will indeed be going up somewhere in the vicinity. I was just perusing through SJ Council minutes and noticed in the weekly permits list that 18 Hebron way will be the location of a Harvey's.

J_Murphy Nov 12, 2012 6:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arrakis (Post 5898260)
Here is another construction project in progress on the corner of White Rose Drive just as you exit out onto Torbay Road on the same side of the street as Best Buy.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...80265035_n.jpg

I thought this was where Mr. Lube was going. There was a sign there before.


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