GRANDE PRAIRIE NEWS - 2019
Jan 2019: Menzies Printers was a local printing company serving Grande Prairie for over 60 years when it was purchased by Westkey Graphics in 2012. (head office in Burnaby BC). At the end of February 2019 Westkey Graphics will now be closing their Grande Prairie location.
Jan 2019: Grande Prairie has placed a bid to host the Arctic Winter Games in
2022. The City had hosted the games previously in 2010. The decision will be announced in February 2019. (update: the bid was denied)
Jan 2019: TurCon has been formally engaged to construct the 2 Apartments on the former York Hotel and Germaine Park sites. The sod turning is set for February 11, 2019. The lots have been vacant for a number of years. more info
Ramona’s Pizza will be opening a new larger licensed location along Resources Road, Grande Prairie this spring. This will result in the Downtown Location closing.
Latitude 55 Distillery had its ribbon cutting and opening January 15, 2019, located at 12523-101 Street Grande Prairie.
Countryside Motor Sports has been sold and all the product lines will move to Redline Power Craft located on 100 Street Grande Prairie. The last day of Countryside Motorsports will be March 23, 2019.
Countryside Motorsports was located on the far west side of the city for many years (next to Peavey Mart).
Before that they were located around 104 Street and 99 Avenue next to Steel Industries near the GP Friendship Centre.
Feb 2019: A new gas plant (Sem CAMS) near Wembley is now operational ahead of schedule and is processing 200 million cubic feet of gas per day.
On February 4th, the temperature dipped to -43.7C in Grande Prairie breaking the record set back in 1975. The City was the cold spot of all all Alberta.
Feb 2019: Phase Two of the County of Grande Prairie Connector has been launched that provides bus service to Wembley, Beaverlodge and Hythe. The first phase was introduced in December that connected Clairmont, Sexsmith and Grande Prairie.
Feb 2019: More cut backs at the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune. Effective March 4, 2019 they will be dropping their Monday edition and publishing only Tuesday to Friday. They indicate that there will be no change in the subscription price.
Grande Prairie Dream Home View: Sneak Peek
You can view a number of photos of the interior of the Grande Prairie Dream Home that is located in Carriage Lane.
March 2019: Freson Brothers located south of Safeway at the Southview Shopping Centre, Grande Prairie closed their store. more info
March 2019: Canadian Tire moves to its new location on the west side of Grande Prairie March 21, 2019. The old location was 65,000 sq feet while the new one is 105,000 sq feet, making it the largest Canadian Tire Store in Canada. One of the unique features of the new building is that it will have an online and bulk pick-up area and with the larger area have more displays set up. The parking area also increases from around 200 to over 500 parking stalls. The official Grand Opening will take place on May 2nd, 2019.
March 2019: The new Co-op Gas Bar & Convenient Store plus a New Liquor store are now open on the northern part of Grande Prairie (Corner of 132 Avenue and 102 Street, north of GP Honda).
The Grande Prairie Athletics have won the 2018-2019 NPHL Championship. They defeated the Dawson Creek Canucks in the final game. NPHL Photos-Game Summaries
April 2019: Harry's Auto Wrecking has closed in Grande Prairie after 53 years in business. The owners have decided to retire.
Windsor Ford has now moved to their new location on the corner of 132 Avenue and 100 Street, just northwest of their old location in Grande Prairie.
Travis Toews (GP Wapiti MLA) has been named Alberta Finance Minister for the United Conservative Party.
May 2019: Another Grande Prairie business has decided to close its doors. Towne Centre Furniture has been in operation close to 40 years.
May 2019: Windsor Ford has closed their dealership on the corner of 132 Ave and 100 St, Grande Prairie and are now in their new building located further north along 100 Street.
May 2019: Recycle Plus has opened just west of Save On Foods in Grande Prairie (10910-105a Ave) and is equipped with the newest equipment that includes conveyor belts, sorters and auto counters. The old Recycle Plus location at 105 st and 96 Ave has closed. more info
June 2019: Intersport is closing their doors in Grande Prairie. They are located on the west side of the City near Best Buy.
The Peace Country has some big time recording artists. Grande Prairie's "Tennile Townes" has been nominated for Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Anthem Entertainment Songwriter of the Year and Video of there Year. Her songs "Somebody's Daughter" and "White Horse" have been on the Top of the Country Charts for months. "Aaron Goodvin" who grew up in Spirit River has been nominated for Interactive Artist or Group of the Year. (He won Songwriter of the Year last year) La Crete artists "High Valley", are nominated for Group or Duo of the Year. The CCMAs will be held September 8th in Calgary