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Press Release

December 20, 2018

Calgary’s University District Announces Six New Retailers

West Campus Development Trust (the Trust), is pleased to announce six new retailers joining University District, the bold and innovative 200-acre urban community located in Calgary’s northwest. These dynamic businesses are part of the first of four phases of the Retail Main Street in University District, which will have more than 300,000 square feet of retail development once complete.

These new retailers will be located among major anchor tenants: Save-On-Foods and the Alt Hotel, along the vibrant nine-block retail main street located on University Avenue, which has been thoughtfully designed with comfort, walkability, proximity, and choice in mind.

The main street experience will be rich in variety, offering essential services, home fashion, daily needs as well food, social and entertainment options. The announcement of six new key retail partners this early in the development process is a landmark achievement and is another clear demonstration of the mindful planning and relationships being fostered at the core of this innovative new community.

These new retailers, and others yet to be announced, will add new life and thoughtful choices to the northwest Calgary shopping scene across a number of categories, focusing on quality, convenience and healthy options. They include a blend of recognized national and global brands, as well as locally owned and operated success stories. They include:

Blaze Pizza: In the Eat, Sip and Be Social category, Blaze Pizza will open its first location in NW Calgary, serving delicious fresh pizza crafted with made-from scratch dough and healthful, artisanal ingredients on the assembly line. “Keepin’ It Real” is a food philosophy Blaze fully embraces with every pizza they serve, advancing their commitment to clean food and simple ingredients.

Copper Branch: Another wholesome food service option for residents and neighbours, University District welcomes Copper Branch. Offering a 100% Plant-Based – Power Food menu, Copper Branch serves healthy and wholesome foods, providing real food energy with a focus of promoting health and vitality, great taste, convenience and responsibility.

Curious Hair Skin Body: A local success story, Curious is committed to making clients look and feel their best. They’re a “made in Calgary” business, dedicated to their communities and consistently giving back to local groups and organizations, including the nearby Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Denim & Smith Barbershop: Having everyday convenience close at hand is a key component of living at University District. Each Denim & Smith is locally owned and operated and they are committed to actively participating in the development of the communities in which they operate. They have quickly grown to become Calgary’s largest barber shop concept through their no-nonsense approach, creatively inspired spaces and by hiring and developing the best barbers in the industry.

Freshii: Freshii has a bold mission to help citizens of the world live better by making healthy food convenient and affordable. They accomplish this through a diverse menu of nutrition-led salads, bowls, wraps and soups. Freshii will be another wholesome food retailer to open its doors in the community.

Scotiabank: To provide everyday banking needs close to home, University District welcomes Scotiabank to its Retail District. Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank supporting 25 million customers through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.

The new retailers announced today join the growing roster of previously named tenants in the area including Save-On-Foods, Analog Coffee, J. Webb Market Wines and Cineplex VIP Cinemas.

These retailers are anticipated to open in 2020 and are just one part of the overall diverse retail offering that will be at the core of University District. Says James Robertson, West Campus Development Trust President and CEO, “Our retail district is highly anticipated by residents, nearby working professionals and neighbouring communities, and the mix we are curating is vital for the lifestyle needs they are looking for. We have been mindful in selecting them as partners, as they embrace our values for creating a bold new vision for urban living in Calgary. This is another example of our people-first community design approach, and we’re pleased to welcome these outstanding businesses to our community.”

More announcements are yet to come regarding additional best-in-class retail partners to join University District. Visit for more information, or sign up for the newsletter to be notified about exciting announcements, updates and events from West Campus Development Trust.

About West Campus Development Trust
West Campus Development Trust (the Trust) was created by the University of Calgary to oversee the development of the lands known as University District. With a financial model that provides an innovative approach to land development, profits from the Trust are directed back to the University to fuel its academic mission. Setting a high standard for sustainable neighbourhood design, the Trust has created and led a progressive community Master Plan for 200 acres of land. With quality, design and expertise at the forefront, its team and 14-member board of directors are dedicated to creating the city’s premier urban residential community. True to fundamental values of transparency, collaboration and mindful progress, the Trust is creating amazing places for people to thrive. Learn more at

About University District

To the west of the University of Calgary and overlooking the Bow River and Rocky Mountains, University District is a comprehensive 200-acre community with a bold new vision for urban life in Calgary. Through a collaborative, people-first design process, the master planning and thorough engagement program forged strong respect between local stakeholders and the Trust. The neighbourhood applies the best ideas in city design and incorporates the wants and needs of surrounding legacy communities – weaving current aesthetic, technology and lifestyle options into the strong social fabric of the city. For more information about University District, visit its Discovery Centre at 4410 University Ave. N.W., Calgary (just north of the Alberta Children’s Hospital) or go online: and visit InstagramTwitter, and Facebook, #UDLife.

Media Relations Contact:

Maureen Henderson
Director, Marketing & Communications
West Campus Development Trust 

Paula Worthington
Worthington PR & Story
(403) 585-2429