A&W getting face lift

District council approves development permit

A&W is taking on a new look in Sooke.

The fast-food restaurant giant plans to change the exterior look of the existing building on Sooke Road as part of a corporate re-imaging that is occurring across Canada. A smaller renovation is also planned for the restaurant’s interior.

On Monday, district council approved a development permit for the new look.

The renovation will not change the existing building area, site layout, occupancy, parking or landscaping, said municipal planner Tara Johnson.

“The proposed changes will be a great improvement to the existing building,” she said, noting the company has worked with district staff to stay in compliance with the official community plan and other municipal policies.

Many natural features will be incorporated into the building design.

Stone from a Port Renfrew quarry will be placed under windows facing Sooke Road and along a portion of the side elevations of the building.

Textured cedar boards painted in a chestnut brown is featured on all sides of the building, and in keeping with Sooke’s maritime heritage, ribbed steel cladding is a main feature on the front elevation.

The existing orange stucco will be repainted a Sierra spruce brown. A band of orange LED lights wrap around the building.

A&W is also proposing a three wall-mounted posters on the drive-in side of the building facing the TD Bank.

“I think this is great,” said Mayor Maja Tait. “It’s really exciting. I really appreciate how they’re taking in the local context.

“It’s right in the centre of our town, and will give a really nice Sooke welcome.”

Renovations on the restaurant are expected to begin this fall.

klaird@blackpress.ca

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