Monday, July 13, 2009

Calgary to develop 'Stampede Trail'

Now that the 'Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth' is done for another year, developers have announced that Stampede visitors will have a different experience in a few years time, with the development of Stampede Trail.

Stampede City will develop retail space, restaurants, shops and office space along what is currently Olympic Way from 12th Ave. S.E. to the existing Stampede gates in time for the Calgary Stampede's centennial in 2012.

According to Alberta Development Partners, LLC, the new mixed-use development area will mix western with modern by preserving and advancing the Calgary Stampede’s western heritage and values. Jimmy Buffett's restaurant Margaritaville will be the marquee attraction among "a procession of activity all along Stampede Trail will include a fire pit, architectural monuments, chiming carillon bells, a dramatic sculpture fountain, a plaza for gathering and majestic entry gateways."

Inspired by the travels and songs of Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville blares the beats of island party music in a dockside atmosphere. The Calgary restaurant will offer steaks, great regionally inspired specialties, Volcano Nachos and the signature “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. Of course, Margaritaville also serves up great margaritas and unique boat drinks.

In formally announcing the $170 million Stampede Trail development, Don Provost, Principal of Stampede Trail LLC said, “With almost 100,000 square feet of restaurants combined with an additional, 165,000 square feet each of retail and office space, all housed in a total of six different buildings . . . Stampede Trail will become the iconic entertainment and shopping district in Calgary."

There will also be 10,000 square feet of outdoor patio space for visitors to sip a summery cocktail, including of course, Calgary’s own spicy Caesar or Jimmy Buffett's iconic fruity and salty Margarita.

“Margaritaville is a perfect fit for our vision of Stampede Park as a gathering place that attracts all types of visitors, in all times of the year,” says Doug Armitage, vice-president of Business Development, Calgary Stampede. “Alberta Development Partner’s Stampede Trail project is key piece of transforming Stampede Park into year-round destination for Calgarians and visitors.”

Click here for Margaritaville Calgary.

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