University District Retail Roundup Spring, 2021!

March 21, 2021 by University District

Welcome Mats Ready!

From food to fitness, caffeine to childcare, there’s something for everyone to make Spring a little brighter here at U/D. With a retail main street where you can find many of your favourite local companies, U/D is all about convenience – and keeping it local, with small chains and Calgary-based businesses dotting the street!

Whether it’s health, fun, food or a treat, it’s all here and it’s all for you.

TIP: After checking out the amazing retail selections in the neighbourhood, visit our open showhomes in August and Capella or stop by the Discovery Centre to learn more about the rest of the U/D community!


Now open

Now open, Sesame’s focus on fresh ingredients and Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese-inspired dishes makes it an easy choice for takeout night or a quick lunch on the go! From noodle soups on a cold day to a classic spicy Kung Pao Eggplant – and everything in between – the whole family will find what they’re looking for at Sesame.

University District Dental

Now Open

Dental appointments just got easier! Look after your oral health right here in U/D with University District Dental’s incredible team. The TREC team knew U/D was the right spot for their next location thanks to the sense of community and diversity in the neighbourhood, and they can’t wait to meet their new patients.

TIP: Learn more about University District Dental in this post, where we talked to TREC Dental CEO Dr. Jan Jaffer here!

Clever Daycare

Now Open

With the University of Calgary, Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Foothills Medical Centre surrounding U/D, flexible childcare is definitely needed in the area – and Clever Daycare answered the call! The first 24 hour a day, seven days a week childcare facility in Calgary, Clever Daycare in U/D is here for all childcare needs with a focus on educational and fun care that helps your child grow while keeping them safe, all in spaces designed for kids to explore.

YYC Cycle

Open Soon

A homegrown Alberta business, YYC Cycle has three spin studio locations in Calgary – and the third is right here in U/D! Whether you’re a spin pro or just starting out, you’ll feel ready to tackle the longest climbs and highest hills when spinning at YYC Cycle. While their doors are currently closed due to COVID restrictions, get ready to hit the bikes soon – stay up-to-date on studio operations on their Instagram @yyccycle.


Now Open

Looking for a quick lunch or dinner and feeling lighter fare? The options are practically endless at Freshii, now open in U/D! From smoothies to snacks, wraps to bowls and soups to salads, there’s something for everyone and every time of day. The best part? In addition to delicious, healthy food, all packaging at Freshii is either biodegradable or easily recyclable – a win for you and the environment!

TIP: Learn more about Freshii from our interview with franchise co-owner Zora Boyal here! 

Five Guys

Now Open

Nothing is better than hand-made food – and Five Guys takes this to heart! Started in 1986, the chain has always focused on fresh ground beef, the best potatoes for fries, and making it all by hand. It’s paid off – 1,500 locations around the world show just how great their burgers are! Get ready to crave an old-fashioned cheese burger this March.


Opening April 15

We can’t get far without some caffeine! A Calgary-based company, Monogram’s doors are opening in mid-April in U/D, adding the fourth location to their roster. In addition to stopping in for a morning coffee, you can also buy bags of your favourite blend and sign up for a coffee subscription – never run out of that sweet, sweet caffeine!


Opening in April

First opening in Toronto over 10 years ago, Barburrito has grown across the country to over 100 locations with no signs of stopping! The tex-mex chain focuses on bowls and burritos that spice your day up, with a mix of traditional and new recipes. Get your taste buds ready for a trip!


With plenty of 2021 left, we’ll be announcing even more openings – including OEB in July, perfect for summer brunch plans, followed by OrangeTheory Fitness in September to kick-start your fall fitness goals. We’re also excited to welcome Cineplex to U/D this November, just in time to hide out when the snow starts to fall!

Stay Tuned

Make sure to stay tuned for more exciting announcements – we’re not done adding to our main street quite yet! Go here to sign up for our newsletter! Our retail page is getting a makeover this spring too, so check back in April to see who’s here and who’s coming. In the meantime, make sure to follow us on social media so you get the latest on new openings, retail deals and more!

Spring brings fresh feelings and new wonders – and our U/D community is no exception! We’re so excited to welcome another round of retail partners to the neighbourhood over the coming months. Follow and share your thoughts about our new retailers with University District on Facebook, @udistrictyyc_ on Instagram and Twitter, too!

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