WestSide Beer Wine and Spirits are now open on Lacewood beside Sobeys.

Cheese Curds and Habanero’s are coming to Larry Uteck. They will be taking over the space recently vacated by Relish in the same building as Starbucks.

Cape Breton’s Kenny Pizza is now open, and the crowds have been coming to get a slice of home.

Fresh Food Truck is now on the road and has been spotted at DeWolfe Park in Bedford and by Rona in Cole Harbour. Speaking of food truck, The Bandwagon has been rolling around the Eastern Shore and can often be found at Martinique Beach

McDonalds Woodside Dartmouth

This failed mini-mall in Woodside looks like it’s coming back to life, the signage was all removed this week. I’m 99% sure that the right two units are going to be a McDonalds.
Popeye’s Chicken had also been rumoured for that property but doubtful that is happening now.

M and J’s Eatery has opened on the Bedford Highway in the converted motel.

Mrs.Dunster/Snairs Bakery Outlet, opens tomorrow beside the Bulk Barn in Woodlawn Mall, still a mystery what they are doing in the old Harvey’s in the parking lot.

Buds Hemp Shop has opened where the city fined Darkside Cafe out existence because of it wasn’t zoned for cafe/restaurant.

Cristall Wine Merchants, in Sunnyside Mall, has now closed (they moved the private liquor license to WestSide Beer Wine and Spirits)

Royal Bank closing it landmark location at the corner of Quinpool and Oxford. RBC will keep the location, and it will become a call centre and have ATMs

I was talking to a couple of folks this week who told me they had been advised that IKEA‘s target for opening the Dartmouth Crossing store is Sept 22nd. IKEA themselves just say they are working towards opening as soon as they can.

Sears has announced their liquidation sales will begin this coming Friday at the Sears Outlet Store and Sears Penhorn  (Truro also). For now, the main store at Halifax Shopping Centre is not immediately closing.

Bubba Rays Bedford has completed their move across the street and is now open beside Doolys

The construction on Wright Ave in Burnside (at Wilkinson) right by Dartmouth Crossing is well under way. I am told it will be a Large format Sobeys Express with everything to make a meal and bread and chickens cooked on site. I am also told there will be a Shell, A&W, Tim’s and NSLC Express.

H&M in Halifax Shopping Centre has set an opening date of July 27th and before the question “What about Zara?” no set date yet but I have heard late August.

After a short reno, Patrons Golf & Lounge at Larry Uteck has reopened as Patrons 902 Modern Food Fusion with a whole new menu

Mirchi Tandoor on Blowers who closed for renovations in December looks like they will be ready to reopen in the next week

Gymboree closing around 25% of its stores across the US/CAN clearances will begin Tuesday at affected stores. I have been told the local stores are unaffected