If you live or work in the Peel Region, you’ve probably seen Raman Dua’s face on bus shelters advertising his Save Max Real Estate. Now the realtor is about to become an even bigger presence in the community.
Dua, who came to Canada from his native India in 2003 with the intent of only staying two weeks but made it his permanent home when he realized the country had so many opportunities, has plans to build a 70,000-square-foot building in between highways 401 and 407 on Meadowvale Boulevard. That area is the corporate hub of Mississauga and Dua plans to make the Save Max Tower part of that. API Consultants of Oakville is designing the building, but it is Dua’s vision.
He launched Save Max Real Estate from scratch in Brampton in 2010 with the concept of listing a house for $999. He has developed the business into a multi-million dollar company with three offices and more than 100 employees.
Dua says 20,000 feet of the Save Max Tower will be used by his company, while the remaining space will be used for other business ideas, including a gaming centre for youths.
“It’s not only business, it’s also a community-based idea,” he says. “I enjoy my success when I make other people successful. We have achieved a level of success in this field and we wanted to expand into other areas as well. I had a few dreams or visions of making them a reality. Save Max Tower was a dream I wanted to fulfil, and we are actually going to live that dream.”
The plan is to hopefully have approval from the City of Mississauga to break ground next March and open about six months or so later.
“It is going to be a very state-of-the-art building, keeping in view the environmental protection,” he says. “We are planning to have a green building. We want to make sure that whatever we do, we contribute towards society, contribute to the economy and create more employment.
“I want to create employment for new immigrants or people from different communities or different walks of life,” he adds. “My focus, my target, is always the next generation. That is what I love doing. I always get myself involved wherever it comes to the kids. That is my passion. Wherever I see I can contribute to bringing kids into the right direction, I always take a step ahead and go and get involved.”
Dua says while his business is about buying and selling real estate, he wants to create a landmark in Mississauga. Moreover, this will provide the added space Save Max needs as it continues to grow and flourish.
“This was a kind of a multi-purpose idea,” he says. “It’s kind of a statement building in Mississauga. This will be a top-of-the-line building. Just to add to that, I think this will be the first building in Mississauga which will have a helicopter pad. We’re getting future ready. In 10 or 15 years, there’s going to be so much traffic on the roads people will use small helicopters or maybe flying cars. It’s always possible. I always look 15, 20 years ahead.
“On top of it was my dream to do something where everybody can come and enjoy. That’s why there will be a gaming centre.”
Dua says of all the things he has done – and this includes positioning the Save Max brand in social and cultural activities in Mississauga and Brampton – this is easily the most ambitious.
“I started thinking about it three or four years ago and I think this is the best decision so far,” he says. “The realization of that dream is definitely going to be a wonderful feeling.”
Save Max is a sponsor of Carassauga, boxing events and Raptors 905 games at the Hershey Centre and has had a float in the annual Brampton Santa Claus Parade and won an award for it. Dua has plans for a float for the Mississauga Santa Claus Parade and the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. He also has the Krish Hope Foundation, named in honour of his son, who was born on the same day as the Hindu god Krishna, in 2014. The Krish Hope Foundation provides gear, equipment and recreation memberships for 100 kids every year.