The entire process has taken longer than expected, but Blake Trotter can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The local entrepreneur has been keeping himself very busy lately managing several different projects including the purchase of properties located at 905-18th Street, 1630 Park Ave, and 1608 Park Avenue.
Blake tells bdnmb.ca that he first started talking about purchasing the properties 8 years ago from Lloyd Lee, the long time owner of the properties, and the deal started becoming a reality in September of 2016. A price to purchase the property was agreed upon and the financing was secured later that month. An agreement was soon drafted between the two parties. The entire transaction would have been completed many months ago, however in January of 2017 the lawyers requested an environmental study completed on the properties. The process played out over the next several months and now with that process behind him, the land titles and money for the entire series of properties will officially be transferred over on Monday the 11th.
Included in the purchase place was the Playtime building and property. In an attempt to work out a new lease agreement, Blake says he met with the current tenant at the time, as his lease was soon to expire. A new lease agreement could not be reached, and the tenant vacated the rental property leaving Blake to clean up the building and search for a new tenant. A new tenant, Darcy Willey, was quickly secured and Just4Kids was born.
Additional plans moving forward include re-opening the former Blu restaurant location as Gulliver’s which will feature a soup-n-salad bar and the most popular Gulliver’s menu items from their original menu. Gulliver’s will also be the new home to Astoria Pizza. An exact opening date has not yet been fully established for the opening of Gulliver’s however they are hoping for an early December opening. Wendy’s will also be undergoing a face-lift in the fall of 2017.
Blake also tells bdnmb.ca that he and the Browns Restaurant Group came to mutual decision to transition the Brandon location away from the Browns concept. He said that the “Brown’s Restaurant Group have been both understanding and fair to deal with throughout the entire transition”. He was also quick to point out that “99% of the suppliers will be paid in full with the odd vendor getting cashed for weirdness.” The restaurant will now undergo some minor renovations and open under a new name in the next 3-6 weeks.