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Works starts at Save-On site

Site clearing work at Wembley Mall is the first physical evidence of a new Save-On-Foods store to be built beside the existing store. - Auren Ruvinsky photo
Site clearing work at Wembley Mall is the first physical evidence of a new Save-On-Foods store to be built beside the existing store.
— image credit: Auren Ruvinsky photo

It looks dramatic, as trees come down on the Wembley Mall property in preparation for a new stand alone Save-On-Foods store, but the builders say they are still not sure when actual construction will begin.

Michelle Jones of Timberlake Jones Engineering, which is doing the work with ICR Projects on behalf of mall managers Parksville Properties, said they are just clearing the site in preparation for the work.

She said the city is doing a building code review to ensure the plans still meet the recently-updated provincial code.

"It's good to see something going on there — people are definitely excited to see it," she said.

Development permits were issued by the city in early December 2012. The permits detailed the construction of a new 4,831 sq.m (52,000 sq. ft.) building in the area of the former Ken-Dor Garden Centre and expanded parking to the southeast along Hwy. 19A.

The next step will be the removal of the old Ken-Dor building, but Jones doesn't know when that will happen.

The relocation of Save-On-Foods will open space in the existing mall for a new Canadian Tire.

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