Amuch-beloved retail store in the city for folks who like tools is undergoing a major facelift.
Midland Tools on Terminal Avenue is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars mostly into the exterior of the building, the first major renovations undertaken at the building since it was first constructed approximately 50 years ago.
Manager Tony Wright said the upgrades to the middle section of the store are almost complete while work on the other two wings are ongoing.
He said expansion of the existing floor space is not part of the renovation plan, but it may be considered at a later date.
"Our intention is to give the exterior of the store a fresh look, and we're well on the way to accomplishing that," Wright said.
"We've been operating from this location for more than 30 years and we felt it was time for a major face lift."
NEW PROJECT UNDERWAY
The developer of the newly opened Marinaside Resort on Stewart Avenue has begun another project in the downtown core.
John Nguyen has started construction of a new luxury condominium project at 10 Chapel Street, which will house 16 condos in a six-storey structure that will have no strata fees, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.
He said his investments in Nanaimo won't stop there, and he's already eyeing another site downtown for development.
Nguyen said that he, along with a group of private investors he represents, have great faith in the future of the city and want to take advantage now while the opportunities are here.
"There's a lot of positive things happening in Nanaimo right now, including the opening of the cruise ship terminal and plans for a foot ferry, so we see great potential here," he said.
BIG BUSINESS PLANS
Elizabeth McBain has big dreams for her new business at 25 Cavan St.
McBain is the owner of the recently opened Body Wellness Aesthetics & Massage business, which promotes health, beauty, harmony and balance for its clients.
McBain has been working out of her home in Nanaimo as a certified relaxation massage therapist for the past 12 years, but her completion of an aesthetics program a few years ago prompted her to start her own business in the city.
Body Wellness Aesthetics & Massage offers services in massages, nutrition and general wellness, along with facials, pedicures and other related services. McBain is the sole employee of her business, which operates by appointment only at this stage,
but she said her goal is to eventually have six or seven other professionals working with her that would provide a variety of services, including Chinese medicine. "I really enjoy operating in the city's downtown," she said.
"There's a different energy there.
"People are more organic minded and there's a bohemian feel to the area."
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