Wellings of Corunna, a retirement community that will hold a “grand opening” event this Saturday, May 5, is doing its best to “redefine” the typical offerings in the area by raising the bar on amenities and appealing to seniors who have the wherewithal and motivation to enjoy life to the fullest.
Shelly Rodgers is the leasing and community consultant at the facility, which is part of a family of properties owned by Nautical Lands Group, based in the Ottawa area. A few months ago, Rodgers moved from Goderich, where she had a similar role with Harbour Hill, also owned by Nautical Lands Group.
There are several other properties that are following the Wellings concept established by Kirk Hoppner and his family from early roots in construction and investment.
Wellings, which opened a year ago, is one of those and fits a pattern for properties that are near the water (in the case of Corunna that would be the St. Clair River).
Rodgers says the owners are “revamping the face of retirement living” with what they’re doing with the Wellings concept, which she says is one that appeals to people who have worked hard all their lives and want to enjoy retirement living in style.
“They can have the space they need but not be a slave to their houses,” she said.
With amenities that include 24-hour concierge service, Wellings is appealing to people who value the concepts of convenience, security and care-free living, says Rodgers.
Blake and Betty Willock, who moved to Wellings from nearby Sarnia where they lived for 41 years, said they first moved from their home in Coronation Park to an apartment on Front Street but for family reasons (their son lives in Corunna) decided to move again, this time to Wellings.
Both Betty and her husband are 91 and she says she couldn’t be happier with the move, citing a lower cost of living than the apartment they moved from, largely the result of so many amenities they were used to paying extra for now being included at Wellings.
Shelly Rodgers says many of the inquiries for the complex have come from traditional media, broadcast and now social media.
“A lot of people have come here through their kids,” she notes. “They want Mom and Dad to move closer and after their first visit, we hear things like ‘Wow, this is like a posh hotel.'”
Wellings is a pet-friendly active adult lifestyle (55+), says Rodgers.
Kirk Hoppner is said to have been inspired to build the Wellings communities after visiting Louisville, Kentucky, with his then-teenager daughter, who was competing in an international horse jumping event.
The two were staying in a hotel that included a soaring atrium that was packed every afternoon with guests sipping a glass of wine, eating a tasty snack and reliving their day.
In the Wellings concept, residents have a full kitchen in their units but one meal in the evening that is prepared by a resident chef.
They are considered by many to be equivalent to fine dining at a restaurant.
Saturday’s open house/grand opening event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Rodgers says an RSVP would be appreciated—by calling (226) 455-0505.
The facility is at 180 Bunker Ave., Corunna.