Rumours have been swirling for months that Chilliwack was being considered for a new Molson Coors brewery.
There might be some substance to them.
“I can confirm that Chilliwack is a preferred proposed location for the new Molson Coors brewery in British Columbia,” said Alex McMillan, spokesperson for Molson Coors Canada.
The sale of the Burrard Street brewery site in Vancouver closed on March 31, with Concord Pacific acquiring it for $185 million.
Rezoning signs went up recently on Elder Avenue in Chilliwack for proposed rezoning of seven properties from AL (agriculture lowland) to an AFP (agricultural food processing zone) to facilitate: “the processing, storage and distribution of food products, including beverage processing.”
But it’s not a done deal yet.
“Molson Coors continues its ongoing search for locations, investigating opportunities, and is in the due diligence phase of determining the new location,” McMillan told The Progress.
He was unable to divulge any other details about the site search.
CEPCO president Brian Coombes confirmed they have been assisting Molson Coors with completing their due diligence, and site search process.
“It’s really exciting to hear that Chilliwack is the preferred location,” he said. “We will continue working hard to bring them to Chilliwack.”
It’s not clear yet when the upcoming public hearing for the rezoning will be held, as the rezoning sign reads: “Public Hearing – to be determined.”
The rezoning signage went up on Elder Avenue near the Vedder overpass in the part of Chilliwack designated as the Agricultural Food Processing zone, with a proposal to consolidate seven lots.