Valley businesses recognized at VIREB Awards

The Prime Chophouse & Wine Bar of Courtenay received an award of merit for retail.

An overflow crowd was on hand to see the Nanaimo Train Station receive the Judges Choice Award as best overall entry in the sixth annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards at the Coast Bastion Inn.

The building, which was restored in large part due to the fund raising efforts of Young Professionals of Nanaimo and the guidance of Roger McKinnon, whose son Blair helped found the organization, also won the Excellence Award in the heritage category.

The Prime Chophouse & Wine Bar of Courtenay received an award of merit for retail.

Honourable mentions went to:

•Multi-Family: Mayfair Estates of Comox;

•Retail: Crown Isle Shopping Centre of Courtenay;

•Commercial Reno: Gas & Go Comox.

For a full list of winners and other details, visit

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