| Posted: Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 04:00 pm
Plans are underway to build a new liquor distribution warehouse in St. Albert.
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is working on a purchase of land south of Apex Casino to accommodate a new distribution centre that will largely replace the one at 50 Corriveau Ave.
The commission recently announced on its website that the new distribution centre will be located in St. Albert, south of the casino and bordered by Campbell Road to the west and 142 Street to the east.
The commission has not yet bought the land but has received government approval to do so, said spokesperson Tatjana Laskovic.
“We are currently proceeding with finalizing the land sale,” she said.
A press release previously published by the commission said it is planning to build a new liquor distribution centre in 2014 to keep up with high product volumes.
The new facility will serve as the province’s main distribution centre for spirits, wine and imported beers, and eliminate the need for the extra space the commission currently leases from three facilities in Edmonton.
The existing St. Albert warehouse at 50 Corriveau Ave. will be “re-engineered to support the new facility.”
In the future, it will house lower volume specialty brands of liquor.
The new warehouse will bring 400 new jobs to the city, said Guy Boston, executive director for St. Albert’s economic development branch. The city is very excited that the commission decided to set up all its warehouses in St. Albert.
“We fully understood that we were in competition with other locations in the region,” Boston said. “These are jobs that are in St. Albert. And I wouldn’t doubt that there are some employees that are working in the other warehouses that would be coming here.”
Between the new facility and the existing one, the commission will have about 950,000 square feet available, with room for future expansion. The commission could not comment on when construction on the new building will start, said Laskovic.
“When we have actually purchased the land that’s when more detail will be available,” she said. “But at this point we have just received approval from the Alberta government to proceed with purchasing the land.”
The parcel in question is 22 hectares (55 acres) and is expected to sell for about $16.2 million, Laskovic said. The final cost will be determined as the commission finishes the sale and the construction tender, she said.
Distribution costs are not expected to go up with the construction of the new facility.