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Edmonton eatery Remedy Cafe has plans to expand outside the city in 2020.

The first location which opened in the early 2000s in the Garneau neighbourhood saw success among students from the nearby University of Alberta. Over the years, the business, which is known for its chai lattes and Indian and Pakistani food, expanded to a total of six locations.

Their most recent site opened in Southgate Mall last August. According to owner Zee Zaidi, come 2020, the plan for the business which employs around 135 people is to have four more locations in the greater Edmonton area.

This includes a location in both Sherwood Park and St. Albert and then a north end and southeast location all the corners, Zaidi said.

Following that, Zaidi plans on expanding the company to Calgary and eventually to Tofino, British Columbia, which he chose, in part, because the municipality banned McDonalds restaurants in the early 2010s.

the plan for now. We see how it goes, Zaidi said.

According to Zaidi, the success of Remedy Terwillegar location was encouraging enough to make him consider spreading to other cities. While many Remedies are centrally located, Terwillegar is something of an outlier.

Similarly, he said, he receives calls and emails from people asking them to open Remedy Cafes in their cities.

Expansion takes a lot of time and effort. Perhaps one of the biggest hurdles a business faces is filling out the paperwork and dealing with a new city zoning bylaws and building permits.

According to Daylin Breen, director of business development with the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, this process can sometimes scare businesses away.

biggest challenges tend to be the regulatory articles and extra paperwork, he said.

Zaidi agreed with this sentiment, stating that it takes around nine weeks to get a permit in Edmonton, and that it also takes time to find an ideal spot.
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