It’s been quite a while in the works, but I’m really excited to announce that Brittany and I are opening a new business, Edmonton Paintball Centre!
A Little Back Story…
Back in 2010 I opened the original Edmonton Paintball Centre at the old Cadence Creek property with the help of my good friend Eric Warnke
Waiting for my first paintball people to arrive
— Rob Davy (@robdavy) August 21, 2010
It was a good little game, last a few months before the weather took a turn. But it was a great learning experience.
Life continued, jobs came and went, but the thought always lingered in the back of my mind.
In late 2012, Brittany and I started talking about it more and more, running the numbers, casually looking on Kijiji for spaces, etc. The more we talked, the more it seemed to make sense…
The most difficult part of this process has been finding a space! We’ve looked at dozens of spaces…
Luckily along the way we’ve had the help of our wonderful commercial real estate broker, Alex Heintz of the Trikon Group. Without him, we would have been lost so many times, we’re so grateful for his help. If you ever need help finding a commercial space or if you have one to lease/sell, he’s your guy. Most commercial brokers suck (trust us, we met many); Alex doesn’t!
The space we’ve leased is a huge 3 story building at 10010 107a Ave. It’s been many things since it was built in 1979, including the headquarters of the Edmonton Public School Board, home of Alcoholics Anonymous and most recently the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN). It’s an office building with three floors (basement, main and 2nd) each of 22,500 square feet. There’s also a 10,000 square foot ‘mechanical penthouse’ on the roof, bringing the total size to 77,500 sqft. Depending on your willingness to stretch the interpretation, that would make us (as far as we can tell) the largest indoor paintball facility in North America (there’s one in Montreal at 70,000 sqft that currently claims that title).
The building has been sitting empty for a couple of years, so the owners were… motivated to make a deal Eventually it’ll probably be knocked down when re-development reaches that part of the city, but until then!
On the inside, it’s currently split into offices using a simple modular divider system that has already proven very easy to remove
Our intention is to remove the vast majority of the internal ‘walls’ to leave us with 3 floors of open space:
We’ll then build the limited walls we need for reception, staging areas, changing areas, birthday rooms, etc.
We took possession of the building in the last few days which was very exciting. It’s also very weird walking through a building that size knowing that it’s effectively yours for the next 5 years…
Our business is called Edmonton Paintball Centre (catchy eh?). I’m a strong believer in keeping things simple and obvious. There’s no confusion about what we do. We’re also a destination