UFA’s new Airdrie location to benefit local farmers
By: By Jessica Patterson
| Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:33 am
UFA Co-operative Limited announced March 31 it will open a new farm and ranch supply store and bulk fuel cardlock in Airdrie in 2015.
“We believe in the vibrancy and sustainability of the Airdrie area. Investing in this new location demonstrates UFA’s continued commitment to the Airdrie community and surrounding areas,” said Todd Ormann, UFA’s vice president of AgriBusiness.
The store will be in UFA’s newest design, and have on staff the experts needed to support its membership, according to a recent press release. The facility’s plan includes 9,000 square feet of retail space, additional warehousing for animal husbandry and crop management, including a 16,000-square-foot drive-through warehouse for feed and livestock supplies.
UFA’s current farm and ranch supplyå store, located at 613 Edmonton Trail NE, does not have a cardlock and has been in Airdrie since 1972. The store employs more than 20 residents and will remain in operation until the new store is completed in 2015.
Located at 937 and 949 Highland Park Boulevard between Cam Cark Ford and Costco, the new site will have improved access for farmers and ranchers in Airdrie and Rocky View County. It’s something farmers and ranchers have campaigned for, for years, said John Lee, a director with the Airdrie and District Agricultural Society.
“Parking has been a problem, getting trucks in and out of the old location,” Lee said. “The new location makes access that much easier, which is a positive.”
Lee is thrilled that a new UFA farm supply store and cardlock will be opening in Airdrie.
“I’m really pleased to see a cardlock here in Airdrie,” he said. “I’m thrilled that they’re going to have a bigger store, a bigger warehouse and we’ll finally have more selection, like other UFA centres.”
The new UFA site will also have a full-service gas station and convenience store, including an eight-lane cardlock with four high-speed diesel lanes, and two diesel exhaust fluid dispensers, a bulk plant facility with six 125,000-litre tanks for diesel products and two 75,000-litre tanks for gasoline products, a fully-stocked lube warehouse and convenience store.
Cardlock allows farmers, ranchers and the general public to access fuel 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Lee said.
“We can get regular fuel and farm fuel,” he said. “We would have access to it 24 hours a day, that’s a huge benefit for many of us.”
Lee added that the cardlock would also allow truckers driving between Edmonton and Calgary easy access to fuel any time of day.
“The addition of a petroleum outlet in Airdrie is something our members and customers have been asking for,” said Ed McCoy, UFA’s vice president for petroleum.
“When the new location opens they’ll have access to top-quality fuel, premium lubricants and the services they need to keep their operations running smoothly.