New sports bar for Summerside to open by the end of the month

Eric McMurray
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Big Mug located in old Shopper's Drug Mart building

This Google Streetview map from a few years ago shows the former Shoppers Drug Mart location, then temporarily occupied by the Royal Bank after its 2010 fire. This location will soon house a sports bar owned by Hing Xu Sham, who also owns the China Star restaurant next door.

SUMMERSIDE — Residents here will soon have a new bar.

Big Mug is set to open by the end of month, said owner Hing Xu Sham, who also owns the China Star restaurant, located next door.

Sham, who is excited to see the pub open, said the establishment will have darts, pool tables, televisions for sports games, and may host karaoke nights too.

“Live bands, DJs, that sort of thing,” he said.

Sham said there will be about four to five full-time employees and a few part-time employees at the establishment.

The bar will be located in the old Shopper’s Drug Mart building, which has about 3,000 square feet for the bar.

Though there will be lots of space in the bar, there were parking bylaw issues initially. This created problems for building permits, as a city-zoning bylaw stated there must be a parking spot for every four seats.

Last week, a technical services committee recommended city council make an exception to the bylaw. The reasoning was the peak hours of parking times for vehicles would be different than other businesses in the area, so there won’t be extra pressure to find parking.

City council waived the bylaw so the project could move forward.

There was no opposition from the public or from council.

Sham said with parking issues out of the way, the bar is almost set to go.

“I don’t think it’ll create any issues,” he said.

He said people who consume alcoholic drinks wouldn’t be able to drive anyway.

“Call a taxi and don’t drive after two drinks. It’s dangerous,’’ he said.

Organizations: Drug Mart, China Star

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • don
    March 05, 2014 - 12:09

    Sham you say and i quote. "people who consume alcoholic drinks wouldn't be able to drive anyway." how can you stop them? and it sounds like you will cut them off at 2 drinks. some bar. sounds like a dictator owner.

    • cyndi
      March 08, 2014 - 11:19

      wow...way to twist someones words don. What does any bar owner ever do to stop people from driving home drunk? and just because he's kindly warning people that driving after drinking is dangerous you ..baffleingly...twist it into them cutting people off after 2 drinks? you are obviously a person with communication comprehension issues.

    • cyndi
      March 08, 2014 - 11:22

      wow...way to twist someones words don. What does any bar owner ever do to stop people from driving home drunk? and just because he's kindly warning people that driving after drinking is dangerous you ..baffleingly...twist it into them cutting people off after 2 drinks? you are obviously a person with communication comprehension issues.

  • don
    March 05, 2014 - 12:04

    they would have lot more parking but for some idiot having a brain storm to change the sidewalks. but then you need a brain to use it. and all the parking is "privately " owned thanks to the city again. dear God we need a new mayor and his sidekick. someone with fresh ideas and not hooking up with he powers in this city run it for the people not the rich.

  • Not Really?
    March 05, 2014 - 09:06

    I think stupidity would be painting everybody in town with the same brush.

  • Billy
    March 04, 2014 - 23:26

    I give it.....till September at the latest to close down.we support fast food and nothing more!

  • Frank
    March 04, 2014 - 21:14

    And it should be closed by November. I haven't even noticed that they've done any renovations to the old Shopper's Drug Mart. Hopefully they fix up the outside. Summerside could use a decent bar to go to.

    • Really?
      March 04, 2014 - 22:07

      Hard to tell if people from Summerside are stupid or just self hating. Really? Should be closed by November? You whine about not having a decent bar to go to and in the same breath write off a new venture. Typical attitude from the small town haters.

    • Janet
      March 04, 2014 - 22:57

      Frank - thanks for your "encouragement" for this new business .... :(

    • Great!
      March 05, 2014 - 09:47

      It is great to see new small businesses opening up in Summerside. It would be great if the community would support more businesses like this. Let's try and have a more positive attitude about the community and help it grow. We are all in this together!