Retailer Bicycles Quilicot moves its headquarters to Montonis CentrOparc in Mascouche. He took the opportunity to expand the industrial park along Highway 640.
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The groundbreaking will take place on Tuesday morning. The building is located on Rue Louis-Blériot, facing the motorway.
Designed by DKA Architectes, the 4,200 square meter complex will include headquarters, a shop, a distribution center, an assembly workshop and a bicycle recycling center. The current headquarters and warehouse are in Sainte-Thérèse, in the Lower Laurentians. About fifty jobs will be created. The $15 million investment is being funded in part by the Business Development Bank of Canada.
“For us, it is an investment that will create a turning point in our history,” says CEO Marc-André Lebeau, 44, “because we have grown a lot in recent years and invested a lot in retail” and we hadn’t the infrastructure. We are in the process of creating a hub for all our activities for the bicycle trade of the future. »
Founded in 1915, Quilicot has been owned by Marc-André Lebeau since 2005. From one store when Mr Lebeau arrived, the retailer now has seven. With its 150 employees, Quilicot sells between 8,000 and 10,000 bicycles a year. 15 to 20% of sales will be made online in 2022. Mr. Lebeau wishes to remain discreet about his sales, but states that electric bicycles now account for 35% of dollar sales.
The retailer opened its new 93m Laval store for 2million2 (1000 feet2) last week in part of the former Future Shop at Center Laval.
We serve customers of all ages and levels, not just road bike enthusiasts. We also serve children, elderly people with electric bikes. We touch everything.
Marc-Andre Lebeau, CEO of Quilicot
The cheapest bikes start at $500 each.
Athletes have rediscovered cycling during the pandemic. Bike prices have skyrocketed. The retailer’s profit margin has increased from around 2% to around 10%.
CentrOparc is expanding
The promoter Montoni and the City of Mascouche announce the start of the transformation of the third and final phase of the former airfield site into an industrial park. In total, CentrOparc has an area of 270,000 m2 (approx. 3 million square feet), of which 121,000 m2 (1.3 million square feet) for Phase 3.
A commercial area on the site of the former airfield
Montoni will successively build up to 5 industrial buildings at a cost of 175 million. It is carried out without a prior rental agreement. He gives himself a maximum of 36 months to fill the business park. The buildings are signed by the company NEUF Architectes.
Dario Montoni, President of the Montoni Group
“The idea is to create investment and jobs for Mascouche so that citizens can live and work in their city instead of taking their car to earn a living elsewhere in the region,” Mr Montoni continues.
In addition to Quilicot, the first two phases of CentrOparc have attracted large tenants such as St-Hubert. Almost 650 jobs were created.
Montoni acquired the airfield site in 2018. The developer is investing a total of 300 million there.
- Number of square feet under construction in the greater Montreal area
Source: AVISON YOUNG