Ground will be broken today for the latest commercial development on Westbank First Nation land.
The Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre, a small outdoor mall to be located just south of the Westbank First Nation office building at Highway 97 and Westside Road, will include a multi-screen movie theatre and several retail outlets, including a pharmacy.
Currently there are no plans for a grocery story on the site.
The shopping centre is a partnership between the WFN, Churchill International Property Corporation and Property Development Group.
It is the latest is a string of commercial and retail developments on WFN land in recent years, developments that have included “big box” stores such as Walmart, Canadian Tire, Home Depot and London Drugs, as well as many smaller stores, restaurants, banks and other services.
A Future Shop electronic store and Winner clothing outlet are currently under construction just north of downtown Westbank on WFN land.
Currently, the lease for the original commercial centre built on WFN land, the Westbank Shopping Centre, is up for sale.
That centre includes the new Extra Foods grocery story, a White Spot restaurant, a Wendy’s and Tim Hortons outlets.
It is also the sight of a large Zeller’s store but that building is not part of the lease that is for sale.
No sale price has been released for the property but the realtor dealing with the sale has said there has been interest expressed in the lease since it went on the market last month.