FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – A local coffee shop might be expanding into the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

City staff is recommending council approve a three-year lease agreement with The Canadian Grind to operate at the centre’s downstairs concession. If approved, the coffee spot will get a 50 per cent rent reduction while Provincial Health Orders continue to limit the number of people allowed to use the sports centre.

“It is beneficial to have an established local business providing refreshments and food in the Pomeroy Sport Center and for this commercial space to be occupied in a way that provides additional value to users of the facility,” says CAO Milo MacDonald in the March 22nd report for council.

The city has received the three-year proposal from The Canadian Grind owner, Lynette Cordonier, with the option for an additional two years at the end of the original term.

Cordonier started her business in 2011 and expanded operations into the North Peace Secondary School Cafeteria in 2019. The coffee shop will be investing approximately
$10,000.00 in equipment to expand the current services offered in the concession area.

“Her goal is to provide hygienic, healthy and delicious food options. Ms. Cordonier has demonstrated via the menu attached to her proposal that she will provide a wide range of food choices including healthy alternatives and will have convenient hours operation for the concession,” says Community Services Director Karin Carlson in the report.

If the proposal goes through, The Canadian Grind will pay $795 in rent, plus applicable taxes which includes utilities. Operations will run for eight months starting August 1st, 2021, when ice programming is scheduled at the PSC.