Penticton Visitor Centre Moving

Changes are in store for Penticton’s Wine Country Visitor Centre and Wine Shop, now that construction is underway on the new casino.

While the building remains open for now, the current tenants will be moving out later next month.

“It’s still business as usual seven days a week at the current location,” said Laura Kowalchuk, general manager of the wine shop. “And we expect to move mid-June.”

The building houses the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Penticton upstairs and the visitor information centre, linked to Tourism Penticton, and VQA wine store on the lower level.

The wine shop and information centre plan to move to a temporary structure at the corner of Alberni Street and Eckhardt Avenue in the South Okanagan Events Centre parking lot.

It’s a move Kowalchuk is looking forward to.

“We will have parking and it will be very visible for visitors to see and easy access in and out,” she said. “We are very excited to go there.”

Kowalchuk said they will be in the temporary structure until the casino opens in 2017.

Meanwhile, the chamber of commerce is planning to relocate to the downtown core.

“We are excited to be in the downtown core and our visibility will be boosted in a massive way,” said chamber executive director Brandy Maslowski. “We are also excited to be a new member of the Downtown Penticton Association and to be closer to chamber members.”

“It’s a positive new beginning for the chamber.”

Maslowski said for now they will be in the same building until June 24, opening to the public at their new location in July.

Kelly Hopkins, the executive director for Tourism Penticton, said their administrative offices will be re-located within the SOEC campus.

The building is slated to remain intact.

Construction on the casino, which started on May 2 at the South Okanagan Events Centre complex, will be ongoing throughout 2016, with the opening planned for spring 2017.

A ground-breaking ceremony with community leaders is set for May 13.

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