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City welcomes 600,000-square-foot distribution facility

Project expected to break ground in 2020
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A leading North American distributor is looking to make St. Albert home in the Anthony Henday Business Park (AHBP). 

On March 17, the City of St. Albert and QuadReal Property Group announced the development of a 600,000-square-foot distribution facility for shipping supply specialist Uline.

The project is expected to break ground in 2020 and will employ 100 people when the facility opens in 2021. 

“We are excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the vibrant and bustling community of St. Albert," said Paul Symonds, Uline branch manager, in a press release. "We look forward to opening the new facility, and remain committed to investing in our employees, facilities and technology to support our growing customer base.” 

With 11 locations in North America, Uline is a major distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials to businesses. The family-owned business offers same-day shipping of more than 37,500 packaging, shipping, industrial and janitorial products. 

“This is a significant indication of confidence in St. Albert and we are pleased to welcome Uline to our community,” said Mayor Cathy Heron. “It signals that municipal investment in infrastructure will reward us with new businesses, diversified economy and help us achieve our desired taxation split.” 

Sean McRitchie, city economic development officer, said the news was an "incredible development for our community."

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"Developments of this magnitude do not happen every day, and this announcement is a testament to the hard work of QuadReal, Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis, Council and Administration working together towards this objective," McRitchie said in an emailed statement.

"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Uline to our community as an anchor tenant for a regionally significant Anthony Henday Business Park."

Uline's addition is the latest development to come to the business and industrial park since the park saw its first building open its doors in early 2019. The Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation was completed by QuadReal, who plans to continue both speculative and build-to-suit developments in 2020.

Once finished, the 111-acre area will feature commercial and industrial development. The business park is bounded by CN Sangudo subdivision to the east, Ray Gibbon to the west and LeClair Way to the north. 

“QuadReal is thrilled to welcome Uline to AHBP,” said Carly Zapernick, QuadReal manager of development.

“We worked closely with Uline to develop a unique property to meet their needs – not only for their Western Canada distribution centre, but also for green space and amenities to be enjoyed by their employees. We look forward to further collaboration with companies of this calibre to fuel future industrial and commercial development both here in St. Albert and throughout the region.”

Brittany Gervais

About the Author: Brittany Gervais

Brittany Gervais joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2020. She writes about city hall, business, general news and features.
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