The Canadian Tire store at Kingston Center traces lanes from one side of the outdoor mall property to the other.
The iconic retail chain has submitted plans to Kingston City Hall to construct a new free-standing building along Bath Road and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, on vacant land just south of the Loblaw store.
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The proposed Canadian Tire store will face the same east direction as the Loblaw store.
Application plans indicate a larger 66,000 square foot retail store and warehouse, a 13-bay auto service center, and a large garden center attached to the store.
There will be approximately 245 parking spaces around the proposed store.
“The proposed development includes the intensification of a primarily vacant parcel of land, with some parking, to accommodate the relocation of an existing Canadian Tire retail store to replace the existing outdated store located in the center of Kingston, east of the lot,” according to Parsons Ottawa, a firm that submitted a planning justification study on behalf of the applicant.
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There will be traffic changes to accommodate the new Canadian Tire.
The developers claim that the existing direct entry/exit access to the plaza from Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard would be permanently closed, while a new entrance is being created at the existing traffic lights on Elmwood Street.
There are also plans for wider sidewalks and transit access around the new store.
The property is already zoned for commercial uses, but the applicant requires a minor variance and city site plan control approvals.
A manager of the existing store said he hopes to move into the new building by fall 2023.
It is unclear what will become of the existing small building.
Canadian Tire currently operates three stores in Kingston.
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