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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


July 2019: Hi-Tech Business Systems has moved to a new location: 10115-99 Avenue, Grande Prairie. They were located on 100 Avenue for many years beside the old Park Hotel.

July 2019: A new restaurant has opened in Grande Prairie next to the Holiday Inn. The Old Trappers Restaurant is now located in the former Tilted Kilt and Rics Grill location.

August 2019: A new Grande Prairie Co-op Food Store has opened on the north end of Grande Prairie. Just west of 100 Street along 132 Avenue. Right next to is the Co-op Gas Bar, Confectionery and Liquor Store that opened a few months ago.

August 2019: Montana's BBQ & Bar has opened at 10820 100 Ave, Grande Prairie in the old Swiss Chalet location, near Staples.

August 2019: Bear Creek Pool has finally opened in Grande Prairie after many delays related to the wet summer. The $5 million renovation includes a water-slide.
August 2019: A sod turning event took place in the southwest part of Grande Prairie (O'Brien Lake) for a new 85,000 square foot Catholic School. O'Brien Lake West School is slated to open in 2021, K- Grade 9 with a capacity of 900 students.
2019 will go down on record as a cool and rainy summer. According to Environment Canada, Grande Prairie had only 7 days above 25 degrees for all of June, July and August. In 2018 Grande Prairie had 27 days that were above 25 degrees.
Alberta's’s first geothermal power plant will be build in the MD of Greenview (Gold Greek area, south Grande Prairie). It will use steam from brine reservoirs underground and generate five megawatts of electricity a year which is enough to power close to 7,000 homes. The power plant may take up to 3 years to complete.

September 2019: Construction continues on the new building at the York Hotel site. It started in February of 2019 and once complete the first floor will be devoted to commercial purposes while the top three floors will be designated for residential use. Once complete a 2nd building will be built right next to it and a 3rd building will be built at the old Germain Park site along 100 avenue.

September 2019: The Servus Credit Union is closing one of there branches in Grande Prairie. The Grande Prairie Northgate branch will close effective October 25th, 2019 and customers have a choice to transfer their accounts to the Downtown or South 40 locations.
September 2019: Grande Prairie's Tenille Townes took home four awards in the Canadian Country Music Awards held in Calgary, Alberta. She won "Single of the Year" for her song "Somebody's Daughter". She also won "Female Artist of the Year", "Songwriter of the Year" and "Video of the Year."

September 2019: More construction is taking place on the north side of Grande Prairie (near the new Co-op Food Store) along 132 Avenue and 100 Street. It is rumoured that Popeye's Chicken, Starbucks and another Subway plus a few other businesses will be opening here.
September 2019: Longtime Grande Prairie Resident Roy Borstad passed away at the age of 87 years. He served as County Councilor for 15 years and 12 years as County of Grande Prairie Reeve. Over the years he also was involved with Senior Hockey, Softball and many other activities.
October 2019: The Federal Election will take place on October 21, 2019. Candidates in the Grande Prairie-Mackenzie are Chris Warkentin of the Conservative Party of Canada, Doug Burchill of the People’s Party of Canada, Shelley Termuende represents the Green Party, Erin Alyward is from the NDP and Ken Munro is representing the Liberal Party.

Update Election Results: Chris Warkentin of the Conservative Party won by a landslide of over 49,000 votes, next was Erin Alyward- NDP with only 4,003, Kenneth Munro- Liberal with under 2,769, Douglas Burchill - PPC with 14,39, and Shelly Termuende of the Green Pary with 1,105 votes. (Overall: The Liberals got in with a minority government with 157 seats while the Conservatives got 121 seats, Block had 32, NDP had 24, Green had 3, Independent with 1)

October 2019: The Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association has appointed a new Executive Director, Terry Dow. She has over 25 years experience in tourism, hospitality and sales working in Ontario and Saskatchewan. She replaces Jame Leppan who moved on to work with Travel Alberta.
October 2019: Nufloors has had a grand opening of their new location. The building was previously occupied by a Brick Outlet and after extensive renovations Nufloors has made it their home at 13501-100 Street, Grande Prairie.

October 2019: This week a number of Restaurants have announced they are closing in Alberta and Tony Roma's is one of them. Earlier in the week it was announced that 4 Tony Roma's were closing in the Edmonton area and yesterday the Tony Roma’s in Grande Prairie closed as well. Red Robin Burger chain announced yesterday that all 5 Alberta locations would close by the end of the year. Starbucks also announced earlier that they were closing 5 locations in Edmonton.
November 2019: New Schools are planned for Grande Prairie. A sod turning event took place for the beginning of the construction of a new Composite High School. The original school was built in 1964 and the new school is hoped to be open in the fall of 2022. Also a new school to replace the Harry Balfour School will be built by the Five Mile Hall, located east of Grande Prairie.

December 2019: The Park Hotel located on 100 Avenue Grande Prairie will finally be demolished by the end of April 2020. The building stood empty for a number of years. A six storey building will be built in its place that will include about 64 residential units and underground parking.

December 2019: Micro Computers Plus has has moved to Railtown, 8805 Resources Road, Grande Prairie. (Next to the new location of Ramona's Pizza) For many years Micro Computers Plus was located along the Highway by-pass at 117 Avenue.

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