Thanks Sunny, that was helpful and disappoint at the same time. I would also guess Sobeys is out the window based on the possible buyout of Longos.The Toronto Development Application submitted Architectural Plans would have been from 10 years ago! I recall seeing it and all the ground floor retail space was at that time one large chunk just under 30,000sqft - perfect for an urban grocer.
- The 2015 OMB hearing refers to an un-named green-grocer supermarket with pharmacy (rumoured to be Sobey's)
- in 2017, sales office hinted selling off the entire retail space - in which case they would gain the most per sqft by subdividing into as small units as possible - thus, here come more Bubble Tea Shops, Cell Phone Stores and Asian Noddle Places! Some of the post of building model show main supermarket door concept while other shows many small retail doors concept
- Today's news of Sobey's parent company Empire buying Longo's make it almost impossible for a Sobeys to open here with a 2 year old Longo's at nearby RioCan Yonge-Sheppard Centre. This in addition to a 5.5 year old WholeFoodsMarket at HullmarkCenter and empty standard size supermarket space at EmeraldPark. Thus, really an over-supply of supermarket space locally and many are never very busy since they cater to general non-ethnic segment of marketplace.This project is dead. This project isn't so much dead as it is relaunching this fall. 42urbantoronto.ca
Of course, if an Chinese supermarket were to step up to serve the 25% Chinese demographic in the area,... the issue would be on-site parking since ethnic supermarkets would need to draw customers from larger catchment area.
Anyway,... at this point best way to see ground floor layout would be to wait 6 months or so for them to reach ground level and see how they pour the retail walls and set up retail doorways.
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