Ja-Pain, the Japanese bakery that won a 2017 contest for free downtown space, will open on Tuesday according to the City of Yellowknife.
Owner Seiji Suzuki won the City’s inaugural Win Your Space promotion, which featured a Dragons’ Den-style face-off between local businesses for a year of free leased space in one of several locations.
— City of Yellowknife (@OurYellowknife) April 23, 2018
The space was valued at up to $48,000, alongside other benefits including up to $10,000 in start-up cash from BDIC, a free business licence, free chamber of commerce membership for a year, and a free website.
But Suzuki had trouble converting his chosen space – in Centre Square Mall – into a bakery, and struggled to get the fire marshal to issue a permit as reported by CBC in December.
In documents issued to councillors earlier this month, City of Yellowknife staff said Ja-Pain’s problems had since been resolved.
The bakery will open on Tuesday, April 24 at 8am according to a tweet published by the City on Monday morning.
Ja-Pain has a prominent location facing Franklin Avenue at the uptown end of the mall, across the entrance from A&W.