So we have not really had an update from anyone on what exactly is going on with the proposed A&W franchise that was supposed to be built in this city…The Northern View first announced the news in Mar 2012, but since then we have not seen any shovels in the ground and all progress seemed to be stalled by traffic issues associated with the Drive-thru…at this point it seems like this is something we are never going to see come to fruition.
So I decided to call A&W Franchising myself and ask whether the franchise rights were still available here or not…I spoke to the person responsible for recruitment of franchises and he told me that PR is not available because there is already a franchise sold in this area…I then said there is no A&W here, so how can that be…and he then put me on hold and double checked…he came back and said this franchise has been in site selection for over a year and that the location has been chosen and will be 2nd Avenue West and McBride Street, with construction starting soon and opening late 2014 or early 2015. He also said it will be a full-service type of restaurant (I was quite surprised he gave away so much information to me to be honest).
Hmmm…McBride & 2nd Avenue West…I am thinking the Old Dairy Queen building and or empty lot next to it…whatelse could constitute as 2nd Ave & McBride?
Regardless…the A&W dream still seems to be alive in Prince Rupert for the time being, haha.