Shambhala Festival buys old Kootenay Co-op building

The space will be used for offices and supplies

The Shambhala Music Festival has bought the former Kootenay Co-op building at the corner of Baker and Kootenay Streets.

“We outgrew our office space,” said Shambhala’s Jimmy Bundschuh, “and being so close to the (Savoy) hotel (also owned by Bundschuh), it made good sense to have our staff right next door. Storage has been an issue at the hotel so being able to have catering supplies and stuff right across the road is a big benefit.”

Bundschuh said he might just use the back half of the building and rent out the Baker Street frontage.

“We will decide in the fall. It seemed like a really big space until we started moving our stuff in, and it is getting filled up fast.”

The building has been empty since the Co-op moved out in 2016.

The Shambhala Music Festival is an annual electronic music festival that has been held every summer at the Salmo River Ranch since 1997. This year’s event is set for August 10 to 13.

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