Community Futures is moving ahead with a retail outlet project at the hoodoo site east of Drumheller.
The micro-retail pilot project is a partnership between the Town of Drumheller, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, Travel Drumheller and Community Futures. Its aim is to allow a local entrepreneur to set up a shop for the summer.
"We'd just like to operate one business. We'll be taking proposals to the Town in conjunction with Community Futures to evaluate what the best fit (is)," noted Brock Harrington, General Manager of Community Futures Big Country.
A seacan will be modified for the business to start and will be positioned towards the back end of the hoodoos parking lot, near the restrooms.
"What I'm really excited about is that we're really providing entrepreneurs the ability to tap into a tourism market here," explained Chris Curtis, Chair of the Community Futures board. "This is our long term plan, just to be enabling the tourism industry."
Harrington is hoping to have a business open and ready in three to four weeks at the site.
"I'm just really hoping that we'll have some entrepreneurial people see the opportunity as we see it here and come up with some great ideas and hopefully make some serious money," outlined Harrington.
Electricity for the seacan still needs to be installed, but organizers of the pilot project are feeling optimistic about it. Harrington estimates nearly 250 thousand people people visit the hoodoos every year.
"The Town is supportive and happy to provide the location for the pilot and we want to see Community Futures succeed moving forward," said Paul Salvatore, Director of Community Services for Drumheller.
Interested entrepreneurs are asked to call Brock Harrington at 403-823-7703.