Jamie Brake, owner of the Giant Tiger franchise in Lower Truro offers a thumbs up regarding a huge expansion now under way at the store.
LOWER TRURO – A huge expansion at the Giant Tiger store on Robie Street will see customers strolling comfortably through wider, more open aisles, franchise owner Jamie Brake says.
“Bigger, brighter, better,” he said, of the expansion that began on Monday and which will see the store grow from its current 18,960 sq. ft. to 25,230 sq. ft., an increase of 6,270 sq. ft .
“It’s just a pleasure to walk through,” he said, of other Giant Tiger stores that have undergone similar expansions. “More convenient shopping, easier to get around. Because we know we are a busy store and sometimes it gets a bit crowded. This will make the customers’ experience a lot easier to get around.”
Brake described the shopping experience for customers at locations that have already expanded as the “difference of night and day.”
“And the biggest thing they’re saying is, their prices never went up.”
Construction is expected to be completed by June 22. And while the store’s product line is expansive now, Brake said the expansion will enable him to increase his inventory even further.
“There will be new items added everyday,” he said. “The product line, when you walk through here, there is so much here. It will enhance more, different items and it will just be so cool.”
Currently, the store employs 39 staff, including Brake. After the expansion, that number is expected to grow to about 45 people.
The expansion is warranted solely on the business generated at the store, Brake said, a factor he anticipates will only grow stronger after construction is complete.
“We’re pretty busy all of the time but I think this will just make it busier for us,” he said.
Giant Tiger Facts:
A chain of Canadian-owned family discount stores that offers family fashions, groceries, and everyday needs;
Established in 1961 in Ottawa's Byward Market;
Opened in Truro in November 2007;
More than 200 locations across Canada that employs more than 7,000 people;
In 2012 Giant Tiger donated more than $2 million to more than 700 local associations and charities across Canada.