Downtown Saskatoon grocery retailer one step nearer to changing into a actuality

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Posted May 3, 2022 3:14 pm

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Downtown Saskatoon might not be without a grocery store for much longer.

The Standing Policy Committee on Transportation unanimously approved a motion to have a grocery store proposal sent to city council.

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“We will not only have full-service grocery, we will have an in-store restaurant, the option to have sit down meals and we also offer a large assortment of pre-made or prepared meals as well,” said Murray Totland, director of planning with Vancouver-based company Arbutus Properties.

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The grocery store proposed is Pitchfork Market + Kitchen — the second location in Saskatoon.

The developer hopes to see the store open in early 2023 while committee members say this is a positive for the city.

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“How can we work together collectively as a community knowing we need to have food where people live, work and play and to see Pitchfork step up in this manner, I am just so excited and elated,” councilor Cynthia Block said.

The store would require changes to traffic patterns including a full traffic signal at Auditorium Avenue and Idylwyld Drive.

Despite the approval, the matter still needs to be brought to a future city council meeting before next steps are taken.

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