A Winners store is one of at least three new stores coming to Salmon Arm.

A Winners store is one of at least three new stores coming to Salmon Arm.

Winners store coming to Salmon Arm

SmartCentres has announced two new stores for its Salmon Arm shopping centre while Pet Valu will be opening at Centenoka Park Mall.

Two more stores are coming to the SmartCentres shopping centre in Salmon Arm.

Sandra Kaiser, vice-president of corporate affairs for SmartCentres, confirms that a Winners store and a Dollarama will be locating in the shopping centre.

Winners will be about 18,400 square feet while the Dollarama will be 9,500.

Walmart is approximately 96,000 sq. ft.

As for other new additions, she said there’s nothing else at the moment.

“We’re working with a number of retailers. There’s a fair amount of interest in Salmon Arm as it’s such a stable community. There’s nothing yet that we can announce.”

At Winners, spokesperson Colleen Uncao says the store will be opening in the spring of 2016.

Although Centenoka Park Mall had been working with Winners earlier to bring the store to the mall, general manager Lance Johnson says that deal fell through.

He says a new store for Centenoka, Pet Valu Pet Store, is under construction and will be opening in the former Mark’s location in about 60 days.

“I think Pet Valu is a really nice store, it’s a national chain across Canada and they’re investing significant funds into the store…” he said, noting Pet Valu has used mostly local contractors.

Asked about the number of existing pet-supply stores, he said Pet Valu will be offering a few things that others don’t, such as a place in the store where dog owners can wash  their own pets.

Johnson said Centenoka mall is currently in negotiations with two other retailers regarding space available near Nutter’s, and, if they locate to the mall, they will be assets to the town.

Salmon Arm Observer