Nov. 15, 2018
Between January and March 2018, Medicine Hat’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites was re-designed. All 96 rooms received new furniture and decorations, along with the pool and water slide, fitness centre, guest laundry and meeting rooms.
“It’s been a good change,” says director of sales, Digvijay Gaur. “Since reopening, we have received good reviews.”
The hotel has been an anchor of Medicine Hat’s busy Southlands commercial district since 2005. Other existing Southlands anchor tenants include Home Depot, Walmart Supercentre, Sobey’s, Canadian Tire, Loblaws and the Medicine Hat Mall.
“Proximity to the highway and shopping, restaurants, Medicine Hat Mall, and grocery stores makes this a wonderful location for us,” says the hotel’s general manager Manendra Sharma. “It’s great to see even more new businesses opening.”
Next to Holiday Inn Express and Suites, construction of two new hotels is well underway. Sun City Hotels’ 120-suite Best Western Inn and Suites, and the Braemar Group’s 110-room Marriott TownePlace Suites, are expected to open in 2019. A Canalta-branded extended stay hotel is under construction on Strachan Road while a new Boston Pizza, A&W, and Tim Horton’s have all opened in the area in 2018. Medicine Hat Mall completed renovation of its former Target space in 2017, drawing anchor tenants Marshall’s and HomeSense, as well as a new food court.
Once complete, Southlands’ Strachan Corner is expected to have over 125,000 square feet of retail space. Save-On-Foods and Bed Bath and Beyond are confirmed anchors for the development, with smaller retailers filling in the remaining bays.
“In all corners of the city construction is booming,” says Jon Sookocheff, director of business development at Invest Medicine Hat. “In addition to hotels, major projects are taking shape.”
Indeed, while development activity in Southlands is prompting investment from existing properties such as Holiday Inn & Suites, major projects in the region include Aurora Cannabis’ 1.2 million square foot cannabis production facility, and Capital Power’s 200 megawatt Whitla Wind Facility.
Medicine Hat serves a catchment area of approximately 140,000 people in Southeast Alberta and Southwest Saskatchewan. Situated along major transportation arteries, Southlands sees traffic counts of over 42,000 vehicles per day from the Trans-Canada Highway, Dunmore Road and Strachan Road.