Published On: Saturday, 11 May 2019

Mark MacDonald: Trail Appliances Nearing Opening of New Nanaimo Store

Renovations are underway at the former Mark’s Work Wearhouse building across from Real Canadian Superstore on Metral Drive, and it will soon be home to Trail Appliances.

This will be the second location on Vancouver Island for the Western Canadian chain, which has a location at 2360 Millstream Road in Victoria.

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The immensely popular Cedar Farm Market, which has drawn massive crowds to the property next to the Crow & Gate Pub in Cedar, has announced it is moving to the Woobank Primary School property at 1984 Woobank Road in Cedar.

Parking isn’t expected to be a problem at the new location, and Snuneymuxw First Nation has leased the school property and plans to offer other programs to the community as well.

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Rick Duifhuis has been appointed OEM Division Manager at VMAC in south Nanaimo. Rick has been with VMAC since 2005 and managed several departments, and for the past three years has worked exclusively with VMAC’s OEM partners.

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MacKay CEO Forums is hosting a CEO Breakfast Event followed by a Peer Group Meeting June 26 at the Coast Bastion Hotel featuring Executive Coach Sean Bacon of Dynamic Shift Consulting Ltd., who will be speaking on Developing Mental Toughness.

Sean is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran with 12 years of experience in mental toughness, leadership, psychological resiliency and body language. Sean provides a different approach to performing in conflict and in critical business goal-oriented endeavours – not only to succeed, but to achieve excellence.

Hosted by MacKay CEO Forums founder Nancy MacKay and Forum Chair Mark MacDonald, the breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. with the Peer Group Meeting – for business owners and CEOs, follows. The Peer Groups offer opportunities to learn from successful CEOs and business owners as they discuss their toughest issues and challenges, and share their experiences in a confidential, non-compete environment.

For further information email mark@businessexaminer.ca or to register for the event, email kim.fontaine@mackayceoforums.com.

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Ecklundson Construction has purchased Gordon Homes.

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James Duffy Heating and Cooling is now the owner of Pro Temp Control.

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ABC Water Systems was purchased recently by Wellmaster Pumps Water Systems Ltd.

Wellmaster has been serving Greater Victoria, Shawnigan Lake and the Cowichan Valley for many years and is pleased to add the Nanaimo operation to the areas they service.

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Turner Landscaping is getting ready to move into its new location across from Midland Tools on Terminal Avenue.

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Rumors abound that Steve Nash Fitness is looking to open a location in Nanaimo.

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Finning Tractor at 1922 School House Road will have a new neighbor in June, as Surrey-based CC Equipment is opening a new location on Vancouver Island.

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There is a new Life Labs location that has opened up in Nanaimo North Town Center, near London Drugs.

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Another Ricky’s Restaurant is coming to the central island, as construction is now underway at the new eatery in Parksville, near the Industrial Park on the Island Highway.

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Mike and Tanya Jones are the new owners of Coast Glass in Parksville.

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Brown’s Social House, the popular franchise restaurant in North Nanaimo next to the Island Highway, will be opening a new eatery in Courtenay in the near future.

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Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group at 201-6543 Portsmouth Road is expanding with a second location, at 113-1325 Bear Mountain Way in Victoria. The new location is expected to open at the end of May.

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Congratulations to Arlene Rolston, Executive Assistant to President and CEO Ian Marr at the Port of Nanaimo, who has been appointed to the Policy Committee at the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

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Big news in the insurance industry: Canada Life, London Life and Great West Life are going to amalgamate in a process that is expected to take a couple of years.

The “new” entity will be called Canada Life.

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Woodgrove Centre is adding a new tenant at the end of June: Freedom Mobile.

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The McDonald’s Restaurant on Nicol Street is adding a second drive-through lane to serve customers.

 

Mark MacDonald writes about business in Nanaimo. Tell him your news by emailing him at mark@businessexaminer.ca