Sopa Square construction delays cause retailers to back out

Delays to construction of the Sopa Square development have caused about 10 per cent of expected retailers to back out.

Delays to construction of the Sopa Square development have caused about 10 per cent of expected retailers to back out.

According to Stacey Fenwick, marketing director of Sopa Square, October’s nearly-record-setting rainfall prevented crews from putting a roof over the commercial space.

“Our biggest holdup is the weather, getting our roof on. Without the roof we really can’t do a lot inside,” said Fenwick.

This isn’t the first time the commercial space opening has been delayed, according to Fenwick.

“We were expecting to get them in (last) summer and things were delayed. Then it was supposed to be before Christmas. Now it’s not going to be until spring,” said Fenwick.

“There are a few tenants who are backing out—about 10 per cent of them; 90 per cent are holding on.”

Fenwick said she is currently working to fill those vacancies. The development has several restaurants and food markets that have stuck around, so the goal is to bring in more clothing retailers.

“I’m confident by the time we’re ready that it’ll be fully leased again. It’s just getting more realistic on when we’re actually going to be ready to be open.”

The entire Sopa Square development will be an 11-storey residential, commercial and office building located in the 3,000 block of South Pandosy.

Fenwick said construction on the residential towers should begin by February or March 2013. The target is to have the 98 residential units ready by the end of 2013.

Just Posted

Stargate armour debuts at Kelowna expo

The Kelowna Fan Experience will feature Jaffa armour from Stargate SG-1

Okanagan athletes among those celebrated with Aboriginal awards

Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport handed out

Okanagan makes Top 5 of least affordable home markets list

The Okanagan is the fourth least affordable place in Canada to buy property on a single income

Kelowna summit will connect employers and immigrants

A session will be held tomorrow from 12 to 3 p.m. at the downtown library

Suspected overdose, poisoning calls jump in Okanagan

BCEHS statistics show calls rose last year in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

Canucks find scoring touch in 5-2 win over Blackhawks

Four Vancouver skaters have two points apiece in victory over Chicago

Kamloops landlord dealing with aftermath of firebombing

Kamloops landlord claims tenant to be a nightmare

‘Not well thought out:’ Arizona family slams B.C. speculation tax

American family spends half the year in vacation home on Vancouver Island

Family of B.C. wildfire victim wants better emergency preparedness for vulnerable people

Williams Lake’s David Jeff “fell through the cracks”

Senate backs bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Justin Trudeau reminded senators that his government was elected on a promise to legalize pot

Vernon police search van possibly connected to bear spray incident

Police searched a yellow cube van, Thursday afternoon, at Vernon Auto Towing

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read