The Grain Exchange Then
The turn of the 20th century, fueled by demand for prairie wheat, was a time of rapid population growth for Winnipeg. Traders from around the world would meet in Winnipeg, and The Grain Exchange Building became central to their business. Construction of The Grain Exchange Building began in 1906, with expansions to the building completed in several stages in the years that followed. The historical importance of The Grain Exchange Building, and the pivotal role it played in the early development of Winnipeg is reflected in the name given to the downtown area in which its located – The Exchange District.
The Grain Exchange Now
Today, the busy trading pits of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange have disappeared, and the endless clattering of telegraphs have gone silent. The iconic structure now holds an eclectic mix of tenants, including: telecommunications companies, agricultural organizations, a catering company and a Tae Kwon Do studio.
What is it that attracts so many different Winnipeg businesses downtown to The Grain Exchange Building? Leasing Manager Paul Kornelsen attributes its success to the value of location – the rents in the building are affordable, compared to Class A office buildings in the area.
“You are paying rates that aren’t Class A, but you have access to a lot of the Class A resources that are downtown” – Paul Kornelsen, Leasing Manager, Artis REIT
There is no question that The Grain Exchange Building is located in a prime location in downtown Winnipeg. Located only a block from Winnipeg’s famous intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street, it is close to many major financial institutions and a variety of convenient amenities. It also provides access to the underground walkway, connecting with the shops of Winnipeg Square, the MTS Centre, Portage Place, and more.
The Grain Exchange Building provides exceptional services for its tenants. Marie Deroche, the property manager on site at The Grain Exchange Building, shares,
“Artis is committed to constantly improving. If there’s something that needs repair it’s done right away.” – Marie Deroche, Property Manager, Marwest Management
This commitment is made possible by maintenance and security personnel who are available at the building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you visit The Grain Exchange Building you will find a well-maintained building, equipped with modern amenities. To highlight the potential of this building as a prime opportunity to lease modern office space, at affordable rents in downtown Winnipeg, a display suite is available for viewing.