Calgary Co-operative Association Limited (Calgary Co-op) has announced plans to expand in the town of Cochrane, Alta. Calgary Co-op has purchased six acres of land in the commercial shopping centre of the new, centrally located mixed-use community of Greystone.
The development plan, which is subject to approval, includes a 35,000 square foot Calgary Co-op Food store including a pharmacy, a wine spirits beer, cannabis and convenience store as well as a 6-pump gas station with a double touchless car wash, and an additional 30,000 square feet of commercial retail space. Construction is set to begin Fall, 2023 with an anticipated opening date of Spring, 2025.
“We look forward to delivering our exceptional shopping experience, and high quality of customer service and products to the town of Cochrane,” says Damon Tanzola, vice president, real estate and development, Calgary Co-op. “This development will also bring in a diverse mix of retailers and restaurants who will further enhance this unique shopping centre in the heart of the community.”
Calgary Co-op has over one hundred retail locations across all its lines of business in Calgary and the surrounding communities of Airdrie, Strathmore, Cochrane, and High River, and has been waiting for the right opportunity to further expand in Cochrane, one of the fastest growing communities in Western Canada. Currently, Calgary Co-op owns and operates a Wine Spirits Beer store in the northwest Cochrane community of Mountain Ridge.
Locally owned and operated for over 65 years, Calgary Co-op recently underwent a rebrand, marking a new era for one of the largest retail cooperatives in North America, with over 400,000 members in Calgary and surrounding areas.
“We are committed to serve the communities our members live, work and shop in,” says Ken Keelor, CEO Calgary Co-op. “Our expansion in Cochrane provides its residents with an exciting new option when shopping. Those who are looking to get more from their grocery store will appreciate our exclusive member benefits, the huge array of local products we carry, our unique programs and private brands and our community support.”
The opening of the food store alone is expected to create 125 jobs in Cochrane.