Sobey Foundation announces gift of Stellarton Town Square

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STELLARTON – The town is getting a new town square, thanks to a gift from Sobeys.

The Board of the Sobey Foundation has announced the major investment into the redevelopment of the site of Sobeys’ first store on Foord Street in Stellarton. Working with Sobeys Inc, the Foundation will gift the redeveloped multi-purpose public space to the town  as the Stellarton Town Square.

“On behalf of the trustees of the Sobey Foundation, we are delighted to work with the leadership of Sobeys Atlantic to invest in creating a public space for Stellarton,” said Frank Sobey, chair, the Sobey Foundation. “The historic significance of the site of Sobeys first store is one shared by all generations of Pictou County residents since its opening 109 years ago.”

The project has been a joint venture of the Sobey Foundation, Sobeys Inc. and members of the Sobey family who formed a committee to improve the site left vacant by the removal of the Needs Convenience store and the adjacent old Jubilee Theatre on Foord Street. The proposal to gift the fully funded development was approved by Stellarton Town Council in May and construction on the site began earlier this month.

The space includes:

The great lawn, which functions as open play space, performance viewing and winter rink space.

A water plaza: a hard surface plaza space created for public gathering, daytime waterplay and evening viewing through lit water jet sprays that are both functional and beautifying.

Themed family-play space, providing play space for all ages. The play elements are custom formed sculptural pieces that function as slide and climbing/seating areas.

The formal unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Square will take place during the first week of September with construction slated for completion by the end of August.