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Tuxedo residents who have a hankering for a Cheese Nip, a Winni Dog and a chocolate doughnut will soon have to make a road trip to pick up their favourite food.
Earl Barish, president and CEO of Salisbury House, said he was recently informed by the landlord at the Tuxedo Park Shopping Centre the restaurant will not be offered an extension on its lease, which runs out at the end of December.
"We've been there for 27 years, we're not very happy," Barish said. "It's a meeting place for a lot of people, including many seniors who walk there. More than 60,000 people a year go through that restaurant."
He said he's particularly upset because he called NewWest Enterprise Property Group a few months ago about extending the restaurant's stay in the 2,613-square-foot space, but didn't hear back until he received a letter in early June informing him the mall had entered into a formal agreement with another tenant. That turned out to be the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, Sals' neighbour at Tuxedo Park.
"(NewWest) was probably working on that as we were calling them," he said.
Diana Soroka, spokeswoman for the MLCC, confirmed it has signed on to expand its 4,300-square-foot store with the Sals space. The renovations will be completed next year. She said the current location is small by MLCC standards and many customers have questioned why they can't find a full range of products there. She said it didn't purposely try to squeeze Sals out.
"We were approached by the landlord and told there was space available and we decided that would meet our needs. What kind of leasing arrangements the landlord had with Sals, we're not privy to that.
"The landlord makes these decisions, it's not up to us," she said.
NewWest could not be reached for comment.
Barish said the 94-seat location was the chain's second-busiest of its 10 quick-serve restaurants in Winnipeg. The culinary institution also has eight full-service stores and six seasonal outlets, including counters at Winnipeg Goldeyes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers games. A "mini-menu kiosk" will open in the new terminal building at Richardson International Airport in October.
Barish said his customers aren't taking the news lying down since word started to filter out on Tuesday, a day after he informed his staff.
"I went there for lunch on Thursday and every person there stopped me, they're very upset.
"A 78-year-old woman told me she's been going to that Sals every Thursday for the last 16 years to have a Cheese Nip with a group of ladies. She's not very happy about not being able to do that," he said.
Barish said customers have started a petition. He said he hasn't counted the signatures, but more than a dozen pages have been filled thus far.
He said the options for opening another location in the area are slim at best.
There are no empty spots at Tuxedo Park, Academy Road has no available space and there are no commercial possibilities down Route 90 until McGillivray Boulevard, or west on Corydon Avenue until Charleswood.
On top of that, he said he'd need to invest $500,000 to get a new space up to standard.
"I'm not really ready to do that kind of thing," he said.