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April 2019: Spring Has Arrived
Vegan Hippie Chick Celebrates Successful First Year in Welland
grand opening at vegan hippie chick
Vegan Hippie Chick owner Mandy McCullough marks a successful first year of operations with a grand opening. Helping cut the ribbon are Downtown Welland BIA chair Kelly Jones_ Mayor Frank Campion and customer George Emery. - Mike Zettel _ Niagara This Week
Marked occasion with 'grand opening' celebration

Many businesses have what's known as a soft opening, quietly running operations for a few days or weeks and then inviting everyone over for a grand-opening celebration.

Veggie Hippie Chick owner Mandy McCullough took things a little further.
On Saturday, McCullough held a grand opening for her Welland restaurant at 91 East Main St. - this despite having been in operation for a full year.

Athena Donair Nearing Completion
Athena Donair
Welland's Economic Development Office is excited to see Athena Donair, a company they have been working with in the process of completing their $5-million 2,080-square metre facility in the Enterprise Industrial Subdivision. Athena Donair is a distributor of donair meats and one of the largest distributors in Canada. They are another business to benefit from the Niagara Gateway Economic Zone CIP. It is anticipated that it will create 15 new jobs when construction is completed.

Welland Issues Building Permits Worth More Than $16 Million in Construction So Far In 2019
Building Construction
Welland has already taken in more than $16 million worth of building permits in 2019 and is expected to see growth figures similar to that in 2018. One of the areas that saw growth, and continues to see growth, in the city is in the area west of South Pelham Road and south of Webber Road, shown here. - Dave Johnson, The Welland Tribune
Welland is poised for another year of record growth.

Grant Munday, manager of development approvals, said the value of building permits issued in the city to date in 2019 already represents more than $16 million in construction. Thirty-six per cent of that residential growth is attributed to single detached homes.

Munday last week presented a residential growth report to council which showed the value of building permits was more than $128 million last year.

18 New Jobs For Welland
Niagara Holdings
Welland's Economic Development Office is excited to see Niagara Holdings, a company they have been working with in the process of completing their $1.43-million 1,816-square metre facility in the Enterprise Industrial Subdivision, which will produce a high volume of leafy greens including Romaine,Arugula, Kale, and Basil. They are another business to benefit from the Niagara Gateway Economic Zone CIP. It is anticipated that it will create 18 new jobs when construction is completed this summer.

Public-Private Partnership Generates
$23.1 Million In The Downtown Areas
The city's downtown areas gained significant development in 2018 due to private sector  investments and assistance from the city's Downtown and Health and Wellness Cluster Community  Improvement Plan ( CIP ) Financial Incentive Programs. City of Welland  CIP  grants have leveraged an estimated
$23.1 million in private sector investment last year. The grants offer financial support to property owners who  upgrade their commercial and mixed-use buildings-including vacant properties-which ultimately brings  value and people to the downtown areas.

Construction Begins for 130 Unit
Retirement Residence in Welland
PlazaCorp Development
Welland's Economic Development Office is excited to see PlazaCorp whom they have been working closely with for a few years begin construction on their 130-unit retirement home residence behind the Welland Community Wellness Complex. This development is benefitting from the Downtown and Health and Wellness Cluster CIP and Brownfield CIP..

Campion: Welland Needs To Attract
New Residents
Mayor's Breakfast
Welland Mayor Frank Campion addresses a crowd at the annual Mayor's breakfast |
- Kris Dube _ The Welland Tribune
Welland's economic outlook is on its way up after it hit "rock bottom" many years ago, Mayor Frank Campion told a crowd of about 100 people at city hall Thursday morning.

His annual mayor's breakfast, held at the civic square library, was an opportunity for Campion to share a list of recent accomplishments and struggles the municipality has on its plate.

More than $9 million in surplus properties being sold last year, conversations with potential developers from places such as the United Arab Emirates and China, the need for a second industrial park as a result of new companies coming to the city - these are some of the highlights Campion celebrated in his presentation.

MiniWarGaming Investing More Than
$1 Million In New Space
Mini War Games
David Nordquist, co-owner of MiniWarGaming, in front of his new location on King Street, which will open in June.  Kris Dube _ The Welland Tribune
Futuristic Vikings and armies from outer space are just two things coming to life through a Welland business's plans to relocate to King Street.

Operating at the former city hall for the past 11 years, MiniWarGaming plans to host a June 22 grand opening at its new headquarters. The move marks an investment of more than $1 million that won't just be a venue for its imaginative brand of table-top gaming.

To be located at a former flower shop in the downtown area, the award-winning business will also offer five overnight hospitality rooms for gamers who visit the city for some action - each of them with a different theme based on the lore of various games played at the hub.

 
Contact:
Dan Degazio, Director of Economic Development
Corporation of the City of Welland
Telephone:
905-735-1700 ext 2110 or 1-800-735-3771 
Fax: 905-735-1543 
dan.degazio@welland.ca 
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