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Press Release

August 28, 2020

Open for Business: New Retailers Opening Their Doors in University District

Save-On-Foods and Market Wines opening on University Avenue today

Residents, nearby staff, students and visitors to NW Calgary’s University District will have more shopping and food options starting today, with the grand opening of Save-On-Foods and Market Wines along University Avenue.

Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, the new stores are ready to open their doors and are part of stage one of a four-stage retail plan that is creating the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor social settings, shops and services. The new retailers are adding hundreds of jobs in a challenging economy, while also providing convenient services to thousands of frontline workers who work in the vicinity of University District at nearby hospitals and care centres.

“This is an exciting day and milestone for our community. This has been a year like no other, and we are so proud of the hard work and resilience of our retail partners who are opening today and in the weeks ahead,” said James Robertson, President and CEO of University of Calgary Properties Group (UCPG), the developer of University District. “Our wide selection of retail offerings, coupled with an outstanding selection of residential properties available for purchase and rent proves that University District is continuing to carve its way forward as one of the city’s top neighbourhoods.”

Save-On-Foods is one of two retailers opening in University District today.

The vibrancy of the retail district combined with unique residential offerings and the construction community landmarks such as the development of Central Park are making University District a vibrant and award-winning destination for Calgarians from all corners of the city to visit and choose as their home.

Market Wines joins University District.

The Retail District in University District has been thoughtfully designed to allow ease of shopping, eating, exploring and experiencing the community by foot, bike, transit or vehicle.

University District is quickly becoming a vibrant neighbourhood in the city’s northwest.

Save-On-Foods and Market Wines are now officially open. On September 1, Denim & Smith Barbershops and Curious Hair Skin Body will open on University Avenue, followed by Pet Planet on September 4 and Scotiabank on September 21.

Several more retailers and services are confirmed to open in University District in the first half 2021, including OEB Breakfast Co., OrangeTheory, UC Noodles & BBQ, YYC Cycle, Five Guys, Clever Daycare and University District Dental. University District’s Central Park is anticipated to open in 2022.

“We are so proud of the progress we have made in University District within a short amount of time,” added James Robertson. “We continue to see more people interested in the incredible lifestyle we have to offer, and new residents taking are possession every week. Our neighbourhood is a true testament to the power of partnership, innovation and mindful design.”

For more information about University District and a complete list of residential, lifestyle and offerings, please visit


About University of Calgary Properties Group

University of Calgary Properties Group (UCPG), formerly West Campus Development Corporation, 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 UCPG are directed back to the University to fuel its academic mission. Setting a high standard for sustainable neighbourhood design, UCPG 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, UCPG is creating amazing places for people to thrive.

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 University of Calgary Properties Group. 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 Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, #UDLife.


Media Relations Contact:

Maureen Henderson
Director, Marketing & Communications
University of Calgary Properties Group
(403) 992-8388

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