Ed Mayne has purchased the Tim Horton’s restaurant in the Rock City Plaza, adding to the Tim Horton’s outlets in Parksville and behind Nanaimo North Town Centre he already owned.

Ed is a busy guy these days, as he was elected Mayor of the City of Parksville in the fall, the second time he was voted into the city’s top elected position.

The new Tim Horton’s that is being built, along with a Shell gas station, in the Snaw-naw-as (Nanoose First Nation) development just north of Lantzville next to the Island Highway is owned by the same person who owns the Tim Horton’s near Cabella’s, across from Woodgrove Centre.

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Tourism Vancouver Island has signed a five-year contract to provide services to the City of Nanaimo from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024.

TVI President and CEO Anthony Everett said he is looking forward to working with the many tourism operators, the Nanaimo Hospitality Association, and Snuneymuxw First Nation.

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Congratulations to Ian Marr, who has been appointed as CEO of the Port of Nanaimo.

Port Chair Michelle Corfield made the announcement in January, as well as naming Mike Davidson as Chief Operating Officer of the organization.

Ian and Mike had been co-CEO’s following the departure of former CEO Ewan Moir in the fall.

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Quality Foods is adding a new Chinese food kitchen at its Bowen Road location. QF has similar outlets at its Northridge Village store, and its sparkling new store in Harewood, on Bruce Avenue.

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Randy Johnson is the manager of the new Buy-Low Foods store in University Village Shopping Centre. Randy is originally from Port Alberni and is well known in the sporting community.

The store is in the former Quality Foods location in the mall. Both Quality Foods and Buy-Low Foods are owned by the Jimmy Pattison Group.

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Tilray is teaming up with Labatt Breweries to research non-alcoholic drinks containing THC.

The Nanaimo-based cannabis company issued a joint press release with AB InBev, the parent company of Labatt, Budweiser and others. Tilray CEO Brendan Kennedy is delighted with the new venture.

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Real Estate Webmasters CEO and Founder Morgan Carey has been named a finalist in the prestigious Ernst & Young 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for the third year in a row.

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Landing Liquor Store has a new general manager, and it’s Yolanda Wicks.

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Wishing a fond farewell to long-time lawyer David Lobay upon his retirement at the end of the year. Well known for his political activities, David also served as President of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.

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Jingle Pot Pub is back up and running for business, on Jingle Pot Road.

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A new restaurant is opening soon at 485 Franklyn Street, the former location of the Fiddlehead Cafй. It will be called Flavours of India.

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An application has been submitted to the City of Nanaimo for a 21-lot subdivision at 857 Old Victoria Road, and at 507 Milton Street, a permit has been issued for a $4.6 million commercial, industrial and multi-family building.

That goes along with the application that is now in the city for a $64 million, 24-storey mixed tower at 77 Chapel Street.

Meanwhile, another 100 units of student housing residents has been added to the development at 525 Third Street.

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Papa John’s pizza is now open in the plaza at the bottom of Rutherford Road, near the Island Highway.

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Mahalo Veterinary will be opening in the near future in the former Frontrunners location in Longwood Station on Turner Road.

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The Dorchester Hotel in downtown Nanaimo is upgrading some of its guest rooms.

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A new coffee shop, called White Rabbit Coffee, is expected to open soon next to the Train Station Pub.

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