Over the past year, UFA has shared many exciting announcements, including its expansion into Saskatchewan, upgrades to Petroleum sites and refreshes at many of its Farm & Ranch Supply stores. In February, it announced the relocation of the Red Deer Farm & Ranch Supply store and Cardlock to a more accessible spot in Gasoline Alley. Today, representatives from the County, the City of Red Deer and the Co-operative donned shovels and broke ground at the new site.
UFA is committed to continuous improvement and investing in the communities it serves; announcements like today’s demonstrate that commitment. The new Farm and Ranch Supply store will have 12,000 square feet of retail space and an expansive yard. A Chem Shed will be located on-site, and for easy pick-up, there will also be a Drive-Through Warehouse.
The future Cardlock will feature state-of-the-art high-speed pumps with clear and dyed fuel, wide lanes, DEF, and Dieselex® Gold, UFA’s exclusive premium diesel offering.
Members and customers will be able to access the new Farm Store and Cardlock conveniently located in Gasoline Alley in the southwest corner of the city, easily accessible for drivers travelling either way on the QE2 and those on the west side coming from Highway 2A.
“Red Deer is a vibrant and strong market, and we are pleased to be able to enhance our service offering to its residents with the improvements we are making,” said Glenn Bingley, Vice President, AgriBusiness and Supply Chain, UFA. “Today’s event was about celebrating the investment UFA is making in the community of Red Deer. It reflects our commitment to members and customers in the region and aligns with our aim to be the most trusted supplier of products and services in the markets we serve.”
“UFA has a responsibility to support the farmers and ranchers who feed the world. It’s a responsibility our co-operative takes seriously, and today’s groundbreaking event celebrates our investment in agriculture, which is critical to our members’ and customers’ success,” said Scott Bolton, President and CEO, UFA.
“UFA is in an ideal position to shine a spotlight on the agriculture sector and its importance, not only to Canada but to the world. Our members and customers are the driving force behind western Canadian food production, and it is strong, diverse, and poised for significant growth,” adds Bolton. “The opportunity in front of us is why we are making considerable investments that enable farmers and ranchers to ensure food security on a global scale. We know the prairies are a place of abundance, and the truth is the economic success of everyone in the Canadian food system depends on the success of our farmers and ranchers.”
The groundbreaking event officially signals the start of construction of the new build, with an anticipated opening in late 2024. UFA’s current Farm & Ranch Supply store and Cardlock will remain open during construction. Once the new site opens, UFA will close the current Red Deer Farm & Ranch Supply store. The Bar W office and shop will continue to operate from its current location, as will the current Cardlock.
UFA will continue to share updates as it progresses on the development of this new site. Stay tuned!
To see today’s Press Release, click here.