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Source: The Leader-Post (Regina)
Published: July 31st 2008
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Location, location, location -- as any realtor will
tell you, being in the right place is often the key
factor in choosing where to live.
Or build a business.
Or establish an entire city, when it comes right
down to it.
It was certainly true in 1881, when a brief meeting
of the Canadian Pacific Railway in St. Paul,
Minnesota decided on a southerly route across the
Canadian Prairies for its national main line instead
of a more northerly one. The decision ended
Battleford's brief reign as capital of the Northwest
Territories and set the stage for the scruffy tent
city of Pile Of Bones (soon to be renamed Regina) to
straddle the tracks and be crowned the new capital
Though controversial at the time, subsequent history
proved the railway got it right by cutting a swath
through some of the most productive farmland in the
world -- bringing affluence and influence to Regina
in the process.
Fast-forward 127 years and Canadian Pacific is once
again at the heart of a decision about location that
will directly affect the fortunes of Regina for
decades to come.
If people didn't take much notice when Canadian
Pacific said earlier this month it was going ahead
with a huge intermodal transport facility five
kilometres west of the city, they are certainly
talking about it now that Loblaw Companies Ltd.,
Canada's largest food distributor, has announced a
$200-million warehouse facility close to the site.
This is just the first stage. The storage and
distribution centre will eventually grow to cover
almost a million square feet and serve all Loblaw
stores in Western Canada. It will employ up to 1,500
people and cost about $350 million to construct.
About 1,400 trucks a week will use the facility and
the provincial government plans to upgrade nearby
roads and highways.
Make no mistake, this is huge for Regina -- and it's
just the beginning.
"Eventually, we will see more warehouses,
distribution centres, services and retail
operations, all in an area much larger than Regina's
current industrial park," says Regina Mayor Pat
With rail, road and air transport closely linked,
the aim is to make Regina a global distribution hub,
fulfilling the dreams of pioneers who saw the city's
location in the centre of the continent not as an
isolating factor, but a geographic advantage.
What adds to the potential of the project is the
renewed appeal of economical rail transport in an
era of high fuel costs.
Loblaw -- already Canadian Pacific Railway's biggest
customer -- calls Regina's location "ideal" and says
the intermodal facility fits perfectly with its
strategy of "taking more and more product off the
road" to address fuel and environmental issues.
The potential economic impact of the intermodal
facility can't be overstated -- as big in its own
way as the decision by Canadian Pacific to make
tracks to Regina more than a century ago.