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Middlesex Centre is the second largest municipality in the County and one of the fastest growing communities in the London, Ontario region. As the population increases in the municipality, residents can expect more businesses from different sectors to pop up in order to service the needs of the growing region. In the fall of 2011, the community welcomed the County’s newest multifaceted recreation centre, the Komoka Wellness Centre, which contributed in making Middlesex Centre home to the highest percentage of arts, entertainment, and recreation businesses in the County. Between 2011 and 2016, Statistics Canada reported that the population of Middlesex Centre increased by 4.7%. Middlesex Centre is an emerging municipality with an abundance of potential and an influx of new developments are on the horizon in order to create a viable and livable community for its residents.
One of the most notable (and noticeable) recent developments in the region is the addition of the Shoppes of Komoka at 10148 Glendon Drive. A spacious Foodland grocery store, well-stocked LCBO outlet, and Canadian value retailer Dollarama are the first businesses to operate in the Komoka plaza. Developer Nick Prangikos of Maverick Developments, responsible for the Shoppes of Komoka, has assured there are more businesses to come, including medical offices, and smaller, independent retailers. “It’s important that the businesses complement one another, as well as the community, to create a synergy,” explains Prangikos.
In his decade of working as a developer, this is the first time Prangikos has brought his work to Middlesex County. He came across the property listing and saw the potential for development in the area. “There was a void that needed to be filled between Strathroy and London,” says Prangikos, acknowledging that the neighbourhoods of Komoka-Kilworth were up-and-coming with a lot of young families. He felt that residents did not have a lot of retail service options available to them, and the location of the plaza offered a good proximity within the township, while filling the gap between the neighbouring urban markets.
Prangikos emphasizes the importance of selecting the right businesses for the plaza in order to respect the surrounding community and shares his desire for the plaza to become a destination center for residents of the County. His intention for the Shoppes of Komoka is not to compete with local businesses, but rather to support one another by bringing more traffic to the area. “By bringing in semi-national retailers, such as the LBCO and Foodland, it creates a space for smaller and local businesses to establish themselves in a high traffic area,” Prangikos explains, “it leads the way for other businesses to follow.” In addition to the medical offices, and smaller, local businesses that are to come, Prangikos hopes that he can eventually acquire a restaurant in the plaza, such as a gasto-pub type of establishment.
It’s clear that Prangikos has a strong vision for the newly developed plaza and the community that surrounds it, while also respecting the existing businesses of the municipality. The Shoppes of Komoka plaza has already brought over 150 jobs to Middlesex County to date, as well as convenience to the residents of the local community. With a steady growth rate projected over the next 20 years, it is likely that Middlesex Centre will continue to see more developments like this and will be welcoming more new businesses in the future.
A little rain didn’t stop our dedicated group of elected officials, teachers, Municipal staff, and community leaders from participating in our 2019 Agri-Business Tour on June 5th. Our day began at Kustermans’ Berry Farms, a family owned and operated farm that has been supplying fresh produce to the local community for over 20 years. Owner Steve Kustermans led our group around the property showcasing the many new additions and variety of attractions that have helped his business grow and prosper. As the group boarded the bus, many were intrigued to find out that our next destination would be WeedMD, a large cannabis cultivation facility located in Strathroy-Caradoc and one of the first companies nationwide to obtain a license for outdoor cultivation from Health Canada. The heavy rains prevented our group from being able to walk the outdoor fields; however, we were able to explore the 158-acre state-of-the-art greenhouse facility. Chief Cannabis Officer Derek Pedro, along with several other members of the WeedMD Executive Staff, answered any and all questions our group members had, while educating us on the cultivation of cannabis at their facility, and how it will contribute to the economic growth of the surrounding area. Another unusual and prosperous crop grown in Middlesex County is ginseng. Our tour stopped in at Great Ontario Ginseng to learn from Mario Slegers and his family about their ginseng operation in Strathroy. The Agri-Business tour wrapped up in Delaware at family owned and operated BJ’s Country Market where we were served a delicious locally sourced beef brisket lunch. The business has evolved from a small grocer into an exceptional country market stocked with an abundance of locally sourced products and freshly made foods, which can be enjoyed on their welcoming outdoor patio.
The Agri-Business tour provided an excellent demonstration of the importance of agriculture to our region. With agri-business representing more than one quarter of all enterprises, it is important to understand the various perspectives in agri-business in order to provide insight into the strengths, opportunities, and areas for improvements for these businesses that are vital to Middlesex County.
The results are in! Brought to you by the Local Employment Planning Council, Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board, Work Trends, and Government of Ontario, the Employer One Survey is an investigation tool designed to tap into the local labour demand.
Interested in knowing more about the hiring and training trends of local businesses? This survey comes out each January and local employers are always welcome to participate. In 2019, 441 usable surveys were collected in London's Economic Region from which 73 were from Middlesex (not including London). Click here to see the results!
The Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation (Ontario's Southwest) has released a survey in hopes to gain a better understanding of current and future visitors to the region and the issues faced when traveling. Any personal information collected through this survey will be kept confidential and only data relating to tourism experiences will be released. They estimate the survey will only take around 8 minutes to complete but for your trouble, they are throwing in a prize for one lucky survey participant. Once you've successfully completed the survey, you will automatically be entered to win an iPad 9.7" - 32GB valued at $450.00! Don't miss your chance! Contest closes on August 15th so complete the survey today! For any questions related to the survey project please kindly contact Jen Moore (email@example.com).
The Municipality of Southwest Middlesex is now home to Middlesex County's newest certified investment ready site. The 44.80-acre fully serviced industrial property is located within the Glencoe Business and Industrial Park and is shovel-ready! The Investment Ready program was established by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. The certification reduces uncertainty about availability, utilities servicing, access and environmental issues.The Glencoe Business and Industrial Park is strategically located within a 25 minute drive to provincial Highways 401 and 402, and is in close proximity to rail, allowing for fast access to nearby urban areas such as London, Chatham, and Sarnia. Local industries include Cooper Standard Automotive, Penta Farm Manufacturing, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd and AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.
It's summer time and there are lots of events and activities happening in the County. Check out our Visit Middlesex Calendar of Events to see what's coming up! Do you have an event you would like advertised on our website? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with event information and any flyers or photos and we will be more than happy to post it for you.
Do you or does someone you know have a new business in Middlesex County? If so, we would love to hear from you and send you a welcome gift. Please contact us at email@example.com.