City of Coquitlam Seeks Café Operator for Unique Burke Mountain Retail Space

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The City of Coquitlam is offering a unique opportunity to lease a newly-built café space in a high traffic location at the Burke Mountain Village Discovery Centre. The location is considered to be exceptional and the café space itself will feature a captive market in an area that will be a draw from the local community and beyond.

The café space and Discovery Centre are currently under construction and is expected to be completed this fall. The location at the corner of Princeton Avenue and David Avenue has strong exposure and signage opportunities and is adjacent to several large townhouse development projects as well as being surrounded by multi-use pathways and trails connecting the location with nearby parks and neighbourhoods. The Discovery Centre building itself will be designed in a West Coast Modern style with design elements including wood, glass, and metal in a one-level structure that will offer views over the Fraser Valley and the Pitt River.

The L-shaped Discovery Centre building will include the available café space spanning 1,744 square feet and a common area with shared washrooms, measuring about 420 square feet. The building will be connected to a shared outdoor patio courtyard with a view of the Fraser Valley and lower Burke Mountain spanning about 1,690 square feet that will accommodate up to 13 tables and 52 seats. A total of 13 shared parking spaces will be included.

The café component, which is an integral feature of this public gathering space, is zoned for restaurant use and will allow for the sale of liquor for a food-primary licence. Concept plans show an opportunity for 60 indoor dining seats and a large front counter as well as a back-of-house space with an exit to a rear ramp and a garbage/recycling facility.

The café space is available for lease through a public request for proposals (RFP) process. The City of Coquitlam will review proposals from proponents interested in leasing. [Download the Documents Here]

Burke Mountain is one of the fastest-growing neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver and will include a vibrant master-planned community and mixed-use village. Burke Mountain currently has an estimated population of about 15,000 residents with the population expected to reach about 50,000 when fully built out. The café operator will have direct access to new and existing family-oriented neighbourhoods, and the added bonus to serve the construction workers that are on the mountain throughout the morning and afternoon

The nearby 39-acre future Burke Mountain Village will feature about 120,000 square feet of commercial space including a new grocery store, a new community centre, a public plaza, a greenway, and about 2,000 units. The master-planned community will be designed to honour and protect the beauty that surrounds it according to the City of Coquitlam, with the natural landscape dictating the layout of the pedestrian-oriented neighbourhoods while influencing the architecture of the homes. The City of Coquitlam, as the primary landowner and master land developer, is investing in making Burke Mountain one of the most desirable communities in Metro Vancouver.

A new major recreation complex and recreation centre and 3.6-acre park are part of the mix, as well as two active and two planned elementary schools and one planned middle/secondary school within three kilometres of Burke Mountain Village. Multi-use paths will bring people from the area to Burke Mountain to the village centre. The connecting parks and trails that will converge at Burke Mountain Village will allow residents and visitors to access and enjoy the village amenities by bike or foot without the need for a vehicle. This complete community will provide opportunities for commercial success including the new café at Burke Mountain Discovery Centre.

The City of Coquitlam is welcoming experienced parties interested in operating a café at the Burke Mountain Discover Centre to fill out RFP documents or contact

Article Author

Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider and President/CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton, and consultant to the Retail Council of Canada. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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