The current Saskatoon downtown population is 3,106 individuals according to eHealth Saskatchewan which is down from a high of 3,331 in 2020.
With this limited population base, Saskatoon has struggled to attract a downtown grocery store.
There has been a looming need for change, to provide a safe Saskatoon city centre.
In a city projecting another deficit year, it
might seem strange that Mayor Charlie Clark has decided to lay down a mandate
for a new downtown rink.
But Clark has recently declared that a site for
the new arena will need to be chosen before the end of 2019.
What’s the big rush?
The Regina Leader-Post published an article in 2008 with Stu
Rathwell, a franchise partner in the new Regina’s Chili’s Grill and & Bar.
Stu shared that his Saskatoon location would be open by that
His optimism about the Chili’s brand was hopeful; if things
took off as he was hoping, he predicted people could expect to see several more
open across the province.
Fast forward to 2019.
If you happened upon Saskatoon’s Preston Crossing the last
week of February, you may have caught sight of Stu’s dream deflating right before
There were substantial changes to the commercial real estate
landscape in Saskatoon as we close out 2018.
I think it’s is a story of renewal and growth, would you