• John Jantak

Pincourt welcomes new commercial development


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Construction work has begun on Place Pincourt, a new commercial and retail project that is being built on Boulevard du Traversier adjacent to eastbound Highway 20 that will increase the number of commercial and retail outlets in the town.

Work has begun on Place Pincourt, a new commercial and retail project that is being built on Boulevard du Traversier adjacent to eastbound Highway 20 that will increase the number of commercial and retail outlets in the town.

Construction began about two weeks ago as the land owned by Groupe Iberville next to the recently opened Rona hardware outlet was clear-cut to begin preparing for the new commercial mini-satellite structure that will feature four outlets including a bank and restaurant.

Town Manager Michel Perrier couldn’t reveal specifics about any of the businesses that will set up shop, but said it’s the first phase of what could possibly be more mini-satellite centres comprised of four outlets that may be built in the future on the 25,000 square feet of land that is owned by Iberville.

“We’re very pleased to see new stores being built in our territory,” Perrier told Your Local Journal. “We’re anticipating more new commercial activity as well. It’s small right now but it’s an additional phase that’s going to add to the different services that are available to our citizens. Hopefully there’s more to come.”

The new construction is also the result of the town’s efforts to help rejuvenate and expand the town’s commercial area which will also generate more tax revenue.

“It’s part of the effort that the town is putting into expanding commerce in Pincourt by constantly talking to our commercial partners to generate more activity,” said Perrier. “It’s a small accomplishment but a good accomplishment. It’s adding to the already existing commercial activity in the town and will help to bring in more tax revenue. Every little bit helps so this is a good start.”

Perrier doesn’t foresee the new commercial development having a negative impact on efforts to increase the number of retail outlets and revive the nearby Le Faubourg de L’Île indoor shopping plaza on Boulevard Cardinal Léger. The mall has been going through a difficult time and has about 20 closed store fronts.

“I doubt it will have an impact,” said Perrier. “The new construction is a small satellite area and it will feature specialty outlets like the restaurant and bank. It’s not going to be competing with anything that is already in place at the shopping centre. Hopefully, both sites can benefit from the new addition.”

The town has been working diligently with representatives of Cogir Management Group, the owners of Le Faubourg on different marketing strategies for the past two years to decrease the retail vacancy rate and to lure new tenants into the mall.

“They’re still looking at new development opportunities for the actual site, including new tenants and a new orientation,” said Perrier. “We’re confident that things will work out. It’s just a matter of time before things are going to shape up in a good way.”

One proposal announced by the town was to set up an indoor kids’ playground during the winter as a way to attract more people into the mall. Perrier said the discussions are still in place with Cogir, but that nothing has been formally decided yet.

Perrier is optimistic about the eventual revival of Le Faubourg, saying its general manager successfully managed to revive Les Galleries des Sources in Pointe-Claire and is confident the same thing will happen with Pincourt’s largest indoor mall.

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