Have You Heard……..

Cineplex is opening The Rec Room on Thursday, April 18th at Avalon Mall in St. John’s in Newfoundland.  The new 30,000 square foot complex will feature dining, exciting live entertainment, amusement gaming experiences and feature attractions, all under one roof. The Rec Room at Avalon Mall is the first location to open in Atlantic Canada and features a variety of exciting attractions, including axe throwing, four lanes of luxury bowling and the latest in virtual reality experiences from VRstudios. The Rec Room at Avalon Mall is located just steps away from Scotiabank Theatre St. John's. Cineplex currently operates six other The Rec Room locations and has announced plans for others in Burnaby in British Columbia, Winnipeg in Manitoba and Barrie, Ontario. (Cineplex Inc. – 800/333-0061 www.cineplex.com).....

Effective April 1st, Lee Jackson joined the National Retail Team at Jones Lang LaSalle as Vice President, Retail Business Development. He brings vast experience in the food, beverage and entertainment categories.   Based out of the downtown Toronto offices, he is working closely with the retail team to develop new and existing business. (Lee Jackson – 905/808-4392 lee.jackson@am.jll.com)......

CWB Franchise Finance, a division of CWB Financial Group, reports that it has provided a development line facility and a revolver loan to Shoeless Joe's Ltd., the Woodbridge, Ontario-based chain of Shoeless Joe's Sports Grill franchises. The funds will be used to assist with future new construction, acquisition, expansion, and renovation projects, as well as to support franchisee renovation and construction projects. "The financing for Shoeless Joe's provides them with immediate access to funds for future projects over a three-year period, with approval and documentation completed upfront, so that they can pursue their next stage of growth,” explained Dimitri Mazur, Senior Manager at CWB Franchise Finance's restaurant division.  Previously GE Capital Canada's franchise financing arm, CWB Franchise Finance, a division of CWB Financial Group, specializes in financing for regional and national restaurants and hotels. (CWB Franchise Finance - 647/465-0591)…….

The latest restaurant from Earls Restaurant Group opens this weekend in the redevelopment of Station Square in Burnaby. The 7300 square foot Earls Station Square is in the project’s Restaurant Row in the Anthem Properties/Beedie Living project. (Earls Restaurant Group – 604/646-4880 www.earls.ca).........