Canadian Tire opens expanded store

David and Lori Dunseath with family and staff cut the ribbon on the newly completed Canadian Tire expansion on Oct 31.

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Canadian Tire hosted their grand opening Oct. 31, to celebrate their new space.
Owner David Dunseath said the addition to the existing 22,000 sq. ft. has added significantly to their store.
“We’re sitting at 41,224 sq. ft. for the store,” he said. (That number includes retail space, and not warehouse or other.)
The expansion has also been a boost for local employment. Dunseath said they saw their regular numbers of employees go from about 55 to 90. Some of those positions were temporary through construction and Dunseath said they’re not sure yet how many will stay.
“We don’t know how it’s going to go,” he said.
Dunseath said the changes are significant. “I have $2.5 million more in inventory this year than this exact time a year ago,” he said.
While the increase in space is huge, Dunseath said the Winkler location is still not one of the bigger Canadian Tires.
“We’re still small, we’re 1,000 sq. ft. bigger than Steinbach,” he said. Portage has the same size store that Winkler had, and Dauphin has a very small 7,000 sq. ft. facility.
“We’re the fourth smallest store in Manitoba and in terms of Canadian Tire it’s still a small store,” he said. “It’s 41,000 sq. ft. We have a store that’s 150,000 sq. ft.”
This store is as big as it will get in Winkler. “This store cannot grow anymore,“ he said. “We’ve gone as far west and as far north as we can go because of the highways.”
Dunseath remarked on the fact that they had no customer complaints during renovations, adding customers seemed to be just as excited about the changes as management and staff.
“I am just so proud for Winkler and the Pembina Valley,” he said.
Customer support drove the need for the renovations, and Dunseath said he appreciates them.
“I’ve been here 12 years and sales have almost doubled in that time,” he said.
He added that Winkler is a great place to do business, and pointed to the lack of Sunday shopping as a reason for the quality of life.
“There are 52 reasons to stay… being closed Sundays,” he said. “That’s a big deal. This is a great place to do business.”

Winkler Mayor Martin Harder speaks at the Canadian Tire Grand Opening.

Winkler Mayor Martin Harder congratulates Lori and David Dunseath.

Morden-Winkler MLA Cameron Friesen speaks at the grand opening of Canadian Tire in Winkler.

Morden Winkler MLA Cameron Friesen presents David and Lori Dunseath with a certificate.

Canadian Tire owner David Dunseath.

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