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Cool.
Wonder if that's because the corner (Pinetree Square) will be up for redevelopment soon?
It's owned by Choice Properties REIT. They seem to be still trying to do something with their other Coquitlam property:

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434-455 North Rd., Coquitlam, BC
The approximately seven acre site is in the City of Coquitlam in the Greater Vancouver Area. The site is well located and transit oriented, in close proximity to Lougheed Town Centre Station on the Vancouver SkyTrain system. The current redevelopment plans contemplate a mixed-use project with a focus on high density residential and retail at grade.

The site was approved for a transit oriented, mixed use development through the City of Coquitlam’s Official Community Plan and Choice Properties is currently in design discussions with the City in preparation of making a formal Development Permit
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That's interesting.
Choice Properties REIT is the Loblaws spin-out.

Maybe a Loblaws brand will move into the former Save-on-Foods.
T&T is at Coquitlam Centre and Superstore is at Westwood Mall.
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I don't know how much space your average T&T takes up, but the space in Coquitlam Centre seems quite small. It might make sense for them to move over, but being right beside Walmart is probably considered to be some pretty premium space. It's too small for Superstore.
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The Coquitlam Centre T&T is currently closed due to Covid cases amongst the staff.

I always found that Save on Foods store way too big, there is a lot of empty space and they fill a lot of the store with crap you don't find in most Save On Stores, like a jewelry section, and a large gift section, and a book section. If you forget an item and have to walk back it such a long walk.

The Safeway store was even bigger, wasn't it? Are they going to take the whole space?
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I always found that Save on Foods store way too big, there is a lot of empty space and they fill a lot of the store with crap you don't find in most Save On Stores, like a jewelry section, and a large gift section, and a book section. If you forget an item and have to walk back it such a long walk.
That Save-on-Foods may also have been a "bulk" store as well.
Remember when they used to have book stores, too?
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The current SOF building space is actually 84k sq ft, but it's listed as 20k-84k, so they may end up splitting it up. I checked the leasing site for Sunwood Square, and they appear to be taking the whole thing at 72k sq ft: https://sunwoodsquare.com/leasing/



So it's about 10% smaller, but as SpongeG mentioned, it's an overly large store with odd things inside it like jewelry, had a bookstore there as well back in the 90s, etc.

One big advantage with this location vs the old one is that there are more opportunities for external access.. for example, the purpose built Port Coquitlam store has drive-thru access for pharmacy pickup and grocery orders. I could see such services being offered at the secondary entrance closer to Westwood, or perhaps new windows being installed along the Westwood side of the building. The fencing on the site is fairly significant, so I think they're planning on some exterior changes more significant than a couple of new signs.
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Some of the new Save On Foods are expanding their deli and take away meal options; for example, look the new Lynn Valley store, which has a coffee bar, a olive bar, a wing bar, poké bar, and a Mexican taquería grill.

Also, as Save On Foods is expanding their online shopping capability, I would expect the Sunwood Square location to be the new hub for online shopping for the tri-Cities region, and thus would have purpose-built space allocated for online shopping operations. Right now, I believe the Grandview store handles the bulk of the online shopping operations, based upon the number of Save On vans that are regularly seen there loading up totes, and the fact that they've also taken up both half the front of the store, and a large chunk of the middle of the store to handle overflow for online shopping.
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