Giant Tiger has officially broken ground on a new Ottawa, Ont. headquarters and flagship store on Walkley Road. The new home office and flagship store support Giant Tiger's planned growth strategy, which commits to opening 10 to 12 stores per year across Canada.
The company anticipates full construction starting this fall. The new store will open in fall 2020 and the office by mid-winter of 2021.
"Our new home office and flagship store on Walkley Road represent an investment in our future and will help us meet the needs of our expanding store count, while delivering even better value to our customers, vendors, and franchisees," says Thomas Haig, president and COO at Giant Tiger. "Ottawa will always be home for Giant Tiger. We opened our first store in the ByWard Market in 1961, and our headquarters have been here on Walkley Road since 1996. We are thrilled to be breaking ground today."
The new home office covers approximately 173,800 square feet and is being built to accommodate growth. The company anticipates home office employee count to grow from 400 to 700 over the next decade as it continues to expand. To keep up with this growth, Giant Tiger recently moved its distribution centre from Walkley Road to a new facility in Johnstown, Ontario.