Top Stories: Cheers for Molson Coors coming to town

Reflecting on the headlines: Molson Coors Canada announced plans to build a brand-new brewery in Chilliwack in July.

Molson Coors Canada announced plans to build a brand-new brewery in Chilliwack in July.

Molson Coors Canada announced plans to build a brand-new brewery in Chilliwack in July.

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Molson Coors Canada announced plans to build a brand-new brewery in Chilliwack in July.

Chilliwack fit the bill in every way, according to Molson Coors president CEO Stewart Glendinning, and they praised the months of groundwork laid down by City of Chilliwack and Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation.

A major brewery coming to town is going to bring spinoffs — jobs, taxes and some very positive buzz about Chilliwack.

After months of site-searching and considering other locations, Molson Coors selected a 36-acre site on Kerr Avenue in Chilliwack.

“We look forward to continuing to grow our operations with the new Fraser Valley Brewery, in Chilliwack, and could not have moved forward on this project without the ongoing support from the British Columbia government and their Major Investments Office.”

The first phase will see construction of a new building on Kerr Avenue for processing, packaging, warehousing, offices, and more.

The high-tech brewery project is expected to spur economic development and create job opportunities.

So the welcome was especially warm for this “high profile” project, both accessible and visible from the highway.

“The City of Chilliwack is delighted to extend a warm welcome to Molson Coors Canada and would like to thank CEPCO for its dedication and commitment in helping to facilitate this move to our community,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz.

It became the most significant private sector move of the year, and most see the benefits that will flow this way.

Brewing operations will continue at the Burrard Street facility in Vancouver until the new Chilliwack brewery is built in late 2018 or early 2019.