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  • If chapters saw a future on whyte ave, they would've either stayed or found space nearby.
    maybe they can open up a chapters in ice district. looks like lots of available space there
    The world is full of kings and queens, who blind your eyes then steal your dreams.
    It's heaven and hell!

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    • Winners takes up the Chapter's space, how long do you think Army and Navy will last?
      Edmonton first, everything else second.

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      • Originally posted by kcantor View Post
        Originally posted by IanO View Post
        We have such few great corners in this city and that could be one of them, alas.
        a great corner?

        when pigs fly...
        Currently lousy, and as a Winners it will also be lousy. But with the right tenant using the space it has the potential to be fantastic. Oh well, hopefully the chance comes up again sometime in the next decade.

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        • Whyte House is coming soon, which is replacing the Gama cafe at the Impression Dental building between 108 and 109 Streets.
          Hoarding has now been removed from the BMO building at 108 St, revealing dark colors.
          I talked to the owner at The Rooster, who is former MP Rahim Jaffer. Nice guy.
          Last edited by Sonic Death Monkey; 18-08-2019, 09:03 PM.
          “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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          • ^Noticed it got tagged pretty bad the other day.

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            • I must be out late all the time, because I never see the tagging others are talking about, lol.

              I hadn't even realized the Gama Cafe had closed. It had a very select clientele, but I always say people in there, even late at night.

              That newfangled ice cream place behind Cacao is still incredibly busy at all hours.

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              • Noorish on 109th is shutting down soon according to their Facebook page. Too bad.

                https://www.facebook.com/Noorish/

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                • Yep - remember Lillos well. Will also miss it.

                  Took drumming lessons there ...
                  ... gobsmacked

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                  • Originally posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
                    Whyte House is coming soon, which is replacing the Gama cafe at the Impression Dental building between 108 and 109 Streets.
                    Hoarding has now been removed from the BMO building at 108 St, revealing dark colors.
                    I talked to the owner at The Rooster, who is former MP Rahim Jaffer. Nice guy.
                    I'm sure it'll be a fine, upstanding addition to the area/

                    On September 11, 2009, Jaffer was stopped late at night by the Ontario Provincial Police while he was traveling at a rate of 93 km/h in a 50 km/h zone in Palgrave, Ontario, located close to his wife's riding.[1] The officer noticed a smell of alcohol on Jaffer's breath, and after administering a breathalyzer test, found him to be over the Ontario legal blood-alcohol limit of .08.[9][10] Jaffer's driver's licence was suspended for 90 days, and he was charged with drunk driving and possession of an undisclosed quantity of cocaine.[11] The location of the cocaine was a source of contention between police and Jaffer. The arresting officer stated that the drugs were found in Jaffer's pants pocket, whereas Jaffer's defense team claimed it was in his suit jacket. Earlier in the evening, he had met in Toronto with Nazim Gillani, a businessman. Gillani claimed he was a banker for the Hells Angels.[12]


                    Jaffer was initially scheduled to appear in court in Orangeville, Ontario on October 19, 2009.[11] During the 2008 election, Jaffer's campaign approved radio ads accusing NDP leader Jack Layton of being soft on marijuana use. The ads said, in part, "Edmontonians understand how difficult it is to make sure our children make the right choices, especially on serious issues like drug use. The Conservative Party supports drug-free schools and getting tough with drug dealers who sell illegal drugs to children. Don't let our schools go up in smoke. On Oct. 14, vote Conservative."[13] On March 9, 2010, Jaffer pleaded guilty to one charge of careless driving and was sentenced to a fine of $500. The cocaine possession and drunk driving charges were withdrawn.[14][15] Justice Doug Maund told Jaffer "I’m sure you can recognize a break when you see one."[16] The sentence and the dropping of the more serious charges triggered outrage across Canada,[17] as well as more extensive investigation of events leading up to the incident prompting the arrest, which led to allegations Jaffer met with several escorts

                    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahim_...and_conviction

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                    • Some financial place is opening soon in that prime corner spot on Whyte/104 St which used to be Dairy Queen which used to be Death By Chocolate which used to be Timothys which used to be Grabbajabba
                      “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                      • Originally posted by etownboarder View Post
                        Originally posted by kcantor View Post
                        Originally posted by IanO View Post
                        We have such few great corners in this city and that could be one of them, alas.
                        a great corner?

                        when pigs fly...
                        Currently lousy, and as a Winners it will also be lousy. But with the right tenant using the space it has the potential to be fantastic. Oh well, hopefully the chance comes up again sometime in the next decade.
                        Sadly we seem to become a city of 7-11's everywhere it seems and lots of Shoppers Drug Marts, with a few Starbucks or other coffee places thrown into the mix occasionally. If it's any consolation, when I went to Toronto I seemed to see more Shoppers stores than here - didn't think that was actually physically possible, although they were much smaller so they fit into the street better. Personally, I don't mind Winners and will probably actually go there from time to time, but I feel it is a sign Whyte Ave is a bit on the decline. It jumped the shark when Dairy Queen moved in, if not before that.

                        Have to wonder about how long Winners will stay there though - the rent there is not cheap and I don't think Winners is that high margin.

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                        • Winners is a massive, massive corporation that pretty much has a lock on it's niche in most of the Western world. They should be just fine on Whyte.

                          And Whyte jumped the shark when Le Chateau moved in.
                          Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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                          • Great article on the history of the building on 105 strert and Whyte

                            Chapters: We Knew How This Story Would End
                            Then came the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. In a handful of mid-1980s years, the festival grew from a week of plays in a few theatre spaces, makeshift venues, and back alleys to a massive festival spread over several blocks. The festival, the Old Strathcona Business Association, and many interested community members built up the neighbourhood into a lively, year-round destination of boutiques, cafés, and a better class of night spots.

                            A new building went up at the corner of 105 Street and Whyte Ave, where a bank and gas station had stood. The first tenant in the expansive first-floor reatil space was a Sony Store, definitely a step up from the Radio Shack that was previously located down the block. But the high-end pricing of the store didn’t meet the low-end budget of the students, artists, and seniors who lived in the neighbourhood.

                            In the late 1990s, Old Strathcona fans and residents like me did not welcome the news that Chapters would be moving in. Walmart in the U.S. had set the precedence of a corporate big-box entity that would steamroll over existing locally owned stores, then close up when it was convenient for corporate HQ, leaving a community without any of the stores it replaced.

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                            • Maybe The Sony Store moved, but it was definitely further down the block when I went to it, and not occupying the Chapters space. I should see if I still have the business card I got from Ufuk who worked there (the reason I kept it should be obvious) so I could get the old address.
                              They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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                              • I remember buying a disc-man in that store.


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