New Stores for Rent in Arnprior, McNab Braeside

By Bruce Firestone | Uncategorized

Nov 29

Frontage on Trans Canada highway 17

A generation ago I built this 10,000 sf plaza in Dunrobin Village. I built it before putting in roads and services for (or constructing) 120 new homes in the village, before completing Dunrobin Lake (another 32 homes), before completion of subdivisions Casey Creek and Dunrobin Springs. 


Everyone told me I was crazy except I saw this as a calling card for future residential development, not the other way round.

Homebuyers could say, “My kids will be able to walk to a corner store. Can yours?” Ottawa is a city that still builds suburbs such as Barrhaven with 3,000 homes in a row without a single store anywhere in sight. Every trip is a car trip.

I also knew that there were 6,500 vpd (vehicles per day) going past this site (now > 7,500) and more than 22,000 people in the area (now more than 30,000) with very limited services.

The plaza was an outstanding success from day 1. The two girls who leased space for what is now known as Dunrobin Meat and Grocery became wealthy woman over the next 25 years by first being in on the ground floor, and second, working hard, providing great selection, prepared foods, tasty sandwiches, superb meats and excellent services tailored to local tastes and culture. They now own a LCBO and beer outlet there as well.

Here is an opportunity to duplicate their success in the township of McNab Braeside, Arnprior and Renfrew on a gateway site that has significant advantages over the Dunrobin location such as more traffic (over 13,000 vpd), frontage on Trans Canada highway 17, and more people to serve (32,000 in the area).

All it takes is… a yard of guts.

More info on the Trans Canada highway opportunity–

Stores for Lease

Calabogie Gateway Centre, Russett Drive, township of McNab Braeside, Arnprior, Renfrew Ontario

List Price: $16 to $20 per sf per yr triple net

Location: gateway site, strategically located between Renfrew, Arnprior and McNab Braeside

Property Type: Calabogie Gateway Centre. Incredible ground floor opportunity. 10-acre development parcel w/ 800, 1200, 1500, 4500 & 6000 sf stores to be built adjacent to McNab Braeside township townhall/works garage and future Power Play sports arena. Highest and best use for restaurant, pub, bar, sports store, convenience store, coffee outlet, grocery store, other retail store. Drive thru available.

Area: 10-acre site with 800, 1,200, 1,500, 4,500 and 6,000 sf stores

satellite view
satellite view

Remarks: future development on this gateway site to include Power Play Sports arena, outdoor rink, outdoor play area, beach volley ball, play structure, ample parking, retail stores in what will be new commercial hub for township of McNab Braeside + Arnprior and Renfrew. Total population served? > 32,000. Traffic count? >13,000 vpd. Proposed township village on additional 90-acre + other planned uses—home sales, car sales & more.

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Directions: from Arnprior go north on 4-lane divided Trans Canada highway (#17) to Calabogie road. 8 mins. Turn west on Calabogie then south on Russett Drive. Site is adjacent to and south of Township of McNab Braeside townhall.

close to Calabogie Motorsports Park
close to Calabogie Motorsports Park

Brochure: and

MLS # 934733 and 934735 




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Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.