These restrictive covenants (caveats that are registered on the land title) left by Safeway after closing stores all over Edmonton are a barrier to building complete communities, and they undermine competition in the food retail sector. (The most recent report to Council on this issue last year can be accessed here for background.)
It was great to see Petrolia Mall roar back to life in Ward 10 this summer when the caveat was finally overcome, allowing a grocery store to open up – which was so warmly received, it prompted a festival of welcome arranged by the neighbours.
After discussing this matter recently with board members from the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, I saw an opportunity to get council involved, and moved the motion you see below. (more…)