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lonku Dec 17, 2013 12:38 PM

Does anybody know what is opening under the new condo building on Monkland av (corner of Wilson) in Montreal? It looks like a grocery store maybe? But there are no ads and no "for rent" sign either... very strange

  1. kpzoo Dec 17, 2013 07:06 PM

    Nope, but I'm just hoping it's not *another* bank. :-)

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      maj54us Dec 18, 2013 11:40 AM

      Is Monkland avenue another no mans land restaurant wise?

      So many for rent spaces. Is it a good idea for someone to open a restaurant on that street? Not enough traffic? not enough offices in the area?

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        eat2much Dec 18, 2013 11:45 AM

        The problem with Monkland is not the availability of clients but rather the fact that most of the buildings belong to a small group of landlords who demand astronomical rents. That is why the Java-U and Em&Seb locations are still empty after all this time. IIRC the rent at the Java-U location is pretty close to $8k/month!

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          maj54us Dec 18, 2013 11:59 AM

          WOW! 8k rent? that is insane for the amount of revenu one could generate is such an area.

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        eat2much Dec 18, 2013 12:05 PM

        There are two retail spaces in the building. The larger one looks about right in size for a pharmacy and the smaller one some kind of retail. Condo owners don't generally want restaurants in the building due to hygiene, odors, vermin, etc....

        However, as a Monkland village resident, I'd love a few more dining options.

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          maisonbistro Dec 18, 2013 02:35 PM

          I was wondering the same thing myself. I can't be another bank.... can it?

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            eat2much Dec 20, 2013 07:04 AM

            Looks like I called it correctly (much to my chagrin). There is a big "Ouverture Bientot" sign for a Pharmaprix in front of the larger space.

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              williej Dec 20, 2013 09:01 AM

              I guess in this dog eat dog world, there can't only be one drug store in the area. Got to have competition. Profits must be wonderful in the pharmaceutical world!

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                lonku Dec 20, 2013 02:33 PM

                oh no! that's so sad :(

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