Stevestonites have been abuzz with speculation about which grocery store will be coming to the village since local company Plat:form Properties made the announcement that they had purchased the former Rod’s Lumber block and planned to develop it for combined commercial and residential use. The development has been named The Roderick in homage of Rod’s Lumber, which played an important role in Steveston for 60 years.
Kyle Shury, Principal of Plat:form Properties, is a proud long term Richmond resident and has lived here since he was a child. He and his family have called Steveston home since 2004 and he felt a vested interest in helping to shape the community that he loves so much. He is aware that the village’s grocery options are limited which means locals leave the community to shop.
A village scale Save-On-Foods will open in Steveston in 2019.
With a Save-On-Foods in Steveston, people will be able to combine errands and shop in the village at the same time, keeping more business local and helping to support our dedicated merchants. Kyle laughs when he reports that he can’t go anywhere without being asked the burning question so it is a relief to finally reveal the news.
Julie Dickson Olmstead, Save-On-Food’s Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Services mentions, “We are excited to be opening a store in Steveston. This will be a unique Save-On-Foods – there are few like it. Our goal, as with every new market we enter, is to become a truly integrated part of the community.”
Being a 100 per cent locally owned company distinguishes Save-On-Foods from other grocery stores. Since it’s early beginnings in New Westminster in 1915 the company has taken pride in partnering with local producers and suppliers. Julie mentions this store will be tailor-made for the village – in addition to a unique and industry-leading local product offering – each store’s décor reflects the community through the use of photography and imagery. In addition, giving back to communities is a large part of Save-On-Food’s mandate; the company was recently a generous sponsor of the Ships to Shore event.
Kyle describes the great effort that has gone into the thoughtful design and integration of The Roderick into the heart of the village.
It is an elegant building which combines modern with historical tie ins, such as the single storey Moncton Street frontage. The building will rise to three storeys on Chatham Street. Three retail spaces will be for lease; a nice nod to historical Steveston is the corner unit on Third Avenue and Moncton Street featuring a chamfered corner entrance. Save-On-Foods will face Chatham Street and have convenient access to parking both from Third Avenue and the lane between Second and Third Avenue.
The Roderick offers a rare opportunity to purchase a home right in the village.
The 32 large homes will range in size from 1,300 to 2,600 square feet. Twenty-five of the homes will be single storey flats while seven will be two level town homes. Kyle reports, “The roof decks are a unique offering and the views will be outstanding.”
He imagines many of the purchasers will be Richmondites wishing to downsize. These spacious homes will be ideal for buyers looking to make the shift from a single family home, and best of all, continue living in the community. There will be outdoor living space and the homes will feature plenty of light from two directions. Ideally ground will be broken this summer, with construction beginning in the autumn. Interest has been strong and the sales centre will be opening in June.
Kyle concludes, “We are very excited to be developing The Roderick in the village.”
Indeed, now that the exciting news is out, the community is going to be over the moon!