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Clearspring Centre adding new eateries

Mayor says Starbucks on the way

By: Grant Burr

Posted: 02/19/2019 10:45 PM

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A new standalone development on the Clearspring Centre property is set to add two new options for anyone looking for something to eat in Steinbach.

City council approved two variances on Tuesday night allowing for a reduced front yard and for a drive thru to be located within the front of the property too.

The 3,600-sq.-ft. building will be constructed near Highway 12, in front of Staples, and require the closure of the current access road to Ledingham GM.

The variances were approved unanimously by council.

Mall manager Bob Frey spoke on behalf of the application noting both the mall and its neighbour, Ledingham GM, were pleased with the opportunity to rework traffic flows. A new road connecting to the car dealership will be constructed west of the new building through the Staples parking lot.

The service road's current location, very near the Highway 12 and Golfair Road intersection which has been signalized since the arrival of Walmart in 2013, is a site of much traffic congestion.

Frey told The Carillon following the meeting that both businesses in the building will offer food options that are new to Steinbach but are familiar names as well.

"One of them will be a bit of a surprise for our market," Frey mused, "We're looking forward to it."

He anticipated construction on the building would be completed by October and turned over to new tenants following that.

Steinbach mayor Earl Funk offered up a bit more about the plans, spilling the coffee beans as it were, when asked by The Carillon.

"I hear rumours it's Starbucks," Funk said coyly before adding, "We were told not to say but, come on, everybody knows."

The mayor voiced his support for the plan as another step towards greater economic development for the city, while also agreeing the redevelopment will improve traffic safety.

"I think it shows we're open for business," he said during the meeting Tuesday night.

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