October 08 www. bus- ex. com 133 North American Development Group Dartmouth Crossing has attracted some of North America's largest retailers, including Wal- Mart, Home Depot, Costco and Canadian Tire. The Wal- Mart built on the site embraced the ecological part of the project, working with designers to create a system to enable water to be piped directly from the building's roof into the stormwater ponds that in turn feed the new trout habitat. The mall has also drawn more interest from restaurants than it can accommodate. " We believed heading into the project, and it's been shown by the interest in leasing, that there was real demand in the area for a center like this one," Munro says. NADG's long- range plans for the property also include another offi ce and industrial park overlooking the lake that would have as much as 750,000 square feet of space and would be built with green in mind, including a possible LEED certifi cation for the overall park. A medium-density residential component is also on the drawing board. NADG has also brought a partner on an earlier project— a retail complex south of Montreal— as a fi nancial backer on the Dartmouth Crossing project as well. Canadian REIT, or CREIT, bought a stake in the new project even before it was completed, Munro says. As it unfolds, meanwhile, the project is being built with the long term in mind. " We're viewing the Dartmouth project as a long- term hold, and with that in mind, you spend a few extra dollars up front, because you plan to be there in the future when the leases expire."
A 134 www. bus- ex. com October 08 Food, gloriousfood Great food from interesting places is the business of European Imports Ltd. Ruari McCallion gets a taste from Trish Pohanka s well as interesting dances and colorful parades, the immigrant heritage of the US brings us something else to enjoy— food. Fancy a taste of Italy, a soupçon of France, a dash of Australia or a slice of Argentina? It shouldn't take long to fi nd, and it may well be served in convivial restaurant surroundings. Your hosts may very well, in turn, have obtained their supplies from European Imports Ltd., which has been specializing in importing great tastes from faraway places for over 30 years. " We are a business- to- business operation, selling to specialty food retailers and upscale restaurants and hotels," says Trish Pohanka, director of purchasing and a 16- year veteran with the company. " We were founded in Chicago in 1978 by Beverly and Seymour Binstein, and we're still a family- owned company. We now have fi ve warehouses, in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Arizona, and as the result of a recent acquisition, San Francisco. We sell to 40 states; we even have one account in Alaska, in the center of the state." The California connection came about as a bit of serendipity. European Imports didn't have an interest in pursuing the well- served California and West Coast market, but a company there was a good match, and it approached its Midwest colleague with the right offer at the right time. " The company is very strong in our core markets in the central US, and we saw no need