New building on corner of Broadway will house paint store

Diane Crocker
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CORNER BROOK  After nearly 36 years on the west end of Broadway, Dulux Paints is moving.

HTH Investments will be constructing a 5,000 square foot building in this area of Broadway. The building will house Dulux Paints and two apartments.

But the store is not going very far — it’s relocating just up the road to the corner of Broadway and Caribou Road on a parcel of land left vacant by a fire that destroyed five businesses in 2002.

The businesses were spread over three properties. Joe Tippett of HTH Investments said, after a lengthy process, his company has purchased two of them — the spaces that had been occupied by the Bible Truth Supply and Broadway Textiles.

Tippett’s company will be constructing a two-storey, 5,000-square-foot building on the property, about 3,600 feet of which will be leased to Dulux Paints.

Terry Andrews, Dulux Paints’ sales rep for western Newfoundland, said the company has outgrown its current location. He said business has more than doubled in the last five years, and that trend is expected to continue.

Andrews said the Corner Brook store will be one of three hub stores in the province that supply smaller dealers.

“The inventory will be on the island instead of waiting 14 days for us to get freight, which is normally a big problem for us,” he said. “At least now all the dealers within one of the three hub stores on the island they’ll be able to draw paint locally instead of having to depend on Ontario.”

Besides dealers, Andrews said the store will continue to serve its wholesale contractor customers and public retail customers.

This is the sixth building that Tippett’s company has constructed for Dulux Paints and the plan for it has been in the works for a while.

“We showed them various sites around Corner Brook and they liked that site best,” he said. “They have their existing building there, their competition is there, it’s a traditional retail area in the community and they felt quite strongly that that site would be excellent for them.”

But Tippett added it has been a struggle getting everything in place because of “a couple of little environmental issues” that delayed the final sale of one of the properties.

After the fire, all of the foundations were not dug up and some material left after the blaze had been dumped back into the hole and covered over, Tippett said.

In December, part of the area was dug up for soil testing, but Tippett said the land sale has since closed after the results came back all clear.

On Monday, another hurdle in the project was overcome during a Corner Brook city council meeting. The company had applied for a variance to accommodate the project, and council approved the recommendation of the city’s planning department to reduce the building construction standards for that particular area.

Drawings for the building are 85 per cent completed and the company will soon be applying for a building permit from the city. Tippett is hoping for an April 1 start on construction.

The building has been designed so that the facade will match others in the area. Besides Dulux it will also house two one-bedroom apartments on the upper level.

“They’re funky units,” said Tippett, noting a lot of time was spent on their design.

Tippett also said there will be ample onsite parking available, and this is something the company has worked hard on ensuring with the city and its engineering and planning groups.

Twitter: WS_DianeCrocker

Organizations: Corner Brook city council

Geographic location: Broadway, Corner Brook, Caribou Road Newfoundland Ontario

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  • SeanValjean
    April 18, 2013 - 21:54

    The picture reminds me a lot of the storm that we had a while back and it just made me supper grateful that I had vinyl siding calgary to keep the snow out.

  • Reg Whitten
    February 14, 2013 - 17:27

    Mr. David, I used to live in NS, and the the house I was living in was sheathed in, you guessed it, vinyl siding, as were most of the homes in the newer neighborhoods. Whether or not homes in NL used VS more than homes in NS, or anywhere else I couldn't say because it wasn't something I would be inclined to take notice of. And if NLers, or anyone else for that matter, uses VS more than what you approve of, what odds? Life's too short to get yourself all bent out of shape over that.

    • david
      February 15, 2013 - 12:12

      You seem bent. I'm fine. Vinyl siding is simply an environmental and aesthetic abomination, invented to sell to primarily lazy homeowners to make money. But you wouldn't know but I insulted a "great Newfoundland tradition"....which in a very Freudian way, is very much my point: Newfoundlanders are completely in love with vinyl siding. BTW: vinyl siding does indeed exist in NS.

  • Will Cole
    February 14, 2013 - 16:59

    David, your irrational ravings against vinyl siding serve only to further corrode the tattered remnants of your credibility.

  • Will Cole
    February 12, 2013 - 19:11

    David, vinyl siding is the most commonly used exterior cladding for residential construction in the U.S. and Canada. See

    • david
      February 13, 2013 - 10:11 people really are something. Wikipedia is a website that anyone at all can access and edit ...who might you think would be interested in going onto the "vinyl siding" page and editing it as they saw fit? Seriously, man! Take a trip to Nova'll see a remarkable dropoff in vinyl siding, despite the simiarity of the climate and economy. Newfoundland is a "last haven" for certain things that the rest of society rejects. Like smoking, drunk driving, corrupt, backwater politics.....and vinyl siding. (Specials on white, off-white, and any shade of beige!)

  • Reg Whitten
    February 12, 2013 - 18:04

    Mr. David, vinyl siding is one of the toughest, most durable, maintenance-free, and economical building materials ever invented. We'll all be dead and gone, turned to dust, and that piece of vinyl siding will be still be intact, without any noticeable wear on it. Vinyl siding is perfectly suited to NL's climate, a practical way in terms of both cost and durability to sheath buildings in harsh climates. And no, I don't sell vinyl siding.

    • david
      February 13, 2013 - 17:55

      Sure it is. Cheap. Cheap in price, and commensurately cheap appearance. In fact, it's downright butt ugly. It looks like plastic.....because it's plastic. House after house after house of the same, mind numbing junk. But no, you don't have to paint need to spend 3 days and a few hundred bucks every 6 or 8 years expending an effort to show a modicum of pride-of-ownership in your home. That's for suckers, right? Whoi needs that grief?! Especially with the hectic pace-of-life in Newfoundland!?! And when it comes time to remove it, it will sit in a landfill ----- if it were ever to get there. The Newfoundland woods is the far more likely site ----- for 1,000 years. Other than that, it's wonderful stuff. Hey, perhaps a new line of postcards with a "vinyl siding town" theme is in order....a goldmine, I tell ya!

    • david
      February 13, 2013 - 18:12

      Vinyl siding is cheap. That is it's best attribute, and obviously the primary for Newfoundlanders. Eventually, it will all sit in Newfoundland landfills for 1,000 years, if it isn't just chucked into the ocean first. But hey, if you still think vinyl siding is so wonderful, here's a business idea for you: Produce a line of postcards showing vinyl-sided Newfoundland houses...maybe tourists will snap them up.

  • Lonewolf
    February 12, 2013 - 15:19

    Hey David , surprise surprise, people use paint on the inside of there homes as well.

  • Miranda
    February 12, 2013 - 14:45

    This is wonderful news! Many of my friends and I who live in townsite are keen to preserve our beautiful wooden siding as we have for decades and it is always great to hear that businesses like Dulux will make that possible. All the very best to all stakeholders! I , for one, will be supporting this business! Nice to hear a "good news story".

  • smartiepants
    February 12, 2013 - 14:15

    .... good Lord, please tell me this is a joke. This is an opportunity to change the face of Broadway, add a bit of much needed office space... underground parking.... etc..... and council is going to settle for some apartments and relocation of a paint store? Another sad day for residents. Why won't our old-school-thinking councillors/mayor retire and make room for fresh-thinking young minds

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    February 12, 2013 - 12:26

    "The building has been designed so that the facade will match others in the area." Now if the city council of the day had only thought of that innovative idea before the new Subway building was put on Broadway. Only in Corner Brook would you get away with that one!

  • Jim Parsons
    February 12, 2013 - 10:24

    Good on you, Mr. Tippett! It's high time that property was developed. Best of luck to you and Mr. Andrews.

  • david
    February 12, 2013 - 10:20

    So in a province where everyone has spent the last 25 years completely "plastifying" their houses, someone is opening a new paint store. Did you know that this is the only place in North America where the entire population has adopted vinyl siding as their "architectural material" of choice? And did you know that when tourists arrive here, they are completely shocked to see entire villages of this bland monotony, and not the colorful clapboard houses they were sold on the TV ads and postcards? Good luck, Paint Store.

  • H. Pennell
    February 12, 2013 - 09:30

    This is great news for Corner Brook, and in particular, the Broadway area of our city. This land has been vacant far too long; plus the big bonus of providing some much needed housing with the addition of the two apartments. I look forward to this development starting to take shape in April.