February 17th, 2021

The Hive attracts three new businesses to landmark downtown Kamloops office building

Kamloops, BC — A new construction milestone for THE HIVE, a joint venture project between local developers A&T Project Developments and Invictus Properties, has been reached with the steel frame of the building starting to emerge from the ground. With the two underground parking levels complete, interest in Kamloops’ first Class-A office building continues to grow and is on track to open in early 2022.

THE HIVE will be the first new commercial building in downtown Kamloops in 15 years. As the world continues to adapt to the ongoing pandemic, forward-looking companies are beginning to finalize workplace plans as normalcy returns. THE HIVE is pleased to announce three new additions to the building: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA, SMILE DENTISTRY and WILLIAM WRIGHT COMMERCIAL BROKERAGE.

“The early preleasing success of THE HIVE is a great news story for Kamloops and is evidence of a larger trend of tenants seeking high quality space.  The reason – now, more than ever – is culture and experience are key elements to employee satisfaction,” says Meghan O’Mara, Vice President of Sales & Leasing, HM Commercial. THE HIVE offers pioneering companies looking to maximize their workplace environments the ability to improve culture, provide in-person interaction and aid in attracting and retaining top talent.  The three new businesses join URBAN SYSTEMS and MCMILLAN DUBO LAW GROUP. They will be well-positioned to adapt to changing office environments in a post-COVID world.

Located on the third floor, the BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA (BDC) has agreed to relocate its business centre to continue serving the Kamloops market. With a mission to help create and develop strong businesses in Kamloops, BDC continues to invest in the community and partner in growing the market.

“We’re happy to move our business center into THE HIVE and maintain a strong local presence in the Kamloops community,” added Kai Schneider, Manager, Kamloops Business Centre. “The project aligns well with BDC’s workplace approach of prioritizing collaborative spaces and sustainability. Joining THE HIVE means that we’re being smart about our use of space but also ensuring an environment in which both employees and entrepreneurs can thrive.”

SMILE DENTISTRY purchased the ground floor commercial unit in the southwest corner of the building, located directly off 5th Avenue to open their second location. As a long-standing and well-established Kamloops dental practice, Smile Dentistry will immediately become a new anchor for downtown Kamloops.

“We couldn’t be more excited to anchor THE HIVE with our new dental clinic. The design of the building and vision for the site matches well with our business. We can’t wait to start this new chapter when the building opens in February 2022,” says Dr. Michael Hansford.

Additionally, WILLIAM WRIGHT COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES is purchasing a commercial unit on the 4th floor of the building.  This is their first office in the Kamloops community and seventh in the province of BC.

“The opportunity to expand our business into Kamloops has been something we’ve considered for a few years and the timing worked perfectly to purchase in THE HIVE,” says Cory Wright, President, William Wright Commercial. “We look forward to working with the Kamloops community starting in 2022.”

THE HIVE is now over 60% committed and on track for 100% commitment by August. Interested parties are encouraged to connect with Meghan O’Mara of HM COMMERCIAL for lease or purchase.