May 31, 2019
South Country Co-op cut the red ribbon on their Strachan Road gas bar and liquor store development.
The 4,300 square foot liquor store carries 4,500 varieties of top selling beer, wine and spirits, including products from Medicine Hat’s distillery and craft breweries.
With three local craft breweries in the city, it’s no surprise Medicine Hatters have a palate for beer. South Country Co-op even installed a growler bar to promote draft beer from Medicine Hat’s local breweries and others.
“In terms of the Medicine Hat market, 46% of our sales come out of our beer cooler,” says Paul Haynes, interim chief executive officer at South Country Co-op. “With this in mind, thirty per cent of the store’s square footage is dedicated to the beer cooler.”
Combined with the warehouse, the liquor store’s footprint totals 8,000 square feet.
Next door, a car wash and 3,000 square foot gas bar and convenience store serves customers with 16 gas pumps and eight lanes.
South Country Co-op broke ground on the 3.5 acre greenfield development in June 2018 after announcing a development partnership with the Canalta Group. Local construction company Contempora Construction won the bid to build the gas bar, convenience store and liquor store.
“Congratulations to South Country Co-op on their new stores,” says Jon Sookocheff, interim CEO of Invest Medicine Hat. “Their choice to invest in Medicine Hat shows confidence in our regional economy. These new developments are a great addition to the city’s growing retail sector.”
Construction in Medicine Hat’s south end runs into the $100-million range with several commercial projects underway near South Country Co-op and Canalta’s 17 acre Strachan Road development. New retailers are opening across the road in the 13 acre Strachan Corner redevelopment. Also in the vicinity, the Braemar Group is building a 110-room Marriott TownePlace Suites, and Sun City hotels is building a 120-room Best Western Inn & Suites.
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. The city serves a catchment area of 140,000 people in southeast Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan.
Along with South Country Co-op’s gas bar and liquor store, Canalta has already opened new restaurants and is planning a hotel and assisted living facility to round out the 17 acre development.