What About A Grocery Store?

What’s the problem?

Downtown has no grocery store within walking distance of a lot of the area’s housing. It’s tough to encourage people to live in an area where the most basic need, food, is only available from a specialised, expensive market (though I do love the Covent Garden Market, I can’t afford to shop there on a regular basis) or by walking or bussing a slightly inconvenient distance. Oh, and there are too many damned Farhi signs. Why can’t they be murals? Murals are nice. Farhi signs are ugly.

What kind of solution can we imagine?

A Grocery Store on Dundas Street

Well, downtown has like 40 smoke shops and over 100 places to buy lottery tickets. Why not turn one of those places into a more useful and wholesome grocery store? Hurray! Oh, and the Farhi sign could be a mural about produce or something.

What can you do to make this happen?

That’s a tricky question. Lobby for it? Contact your councilor and see what she can do (and then mention they should work to get rid of Farhi’s signs, or at least make him subsidez)? What about contacting businesses or existing grocery store chains to see if they’d consider helping out? Holding a community fundraiser? It’s not an easy question! But it’s something to think about.

What do YOU think can be done to make this happen?

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3 responses to this post.

  1. A downtown supermarket seems like a no-brainer, and has been rumoured many times—most recently as a tenant for the former Rockwater’s and in the new complex that’s going up at Richmond and Carling—but it’s never happened. (With the exception of the justifiably short-lived one at Colborne and Dundas.) I’m curious: has there been no interest shown by the chains, or are there are other impediments (zoning, taxes, corporate policies, etc.)?

    Reply

    • Peter.

      Apparently what is going in at Richmond and Carling will be a larger Shoppers with a grocery section. Not a full service grocery store by any means, it’s a beginning of sorts.

      The major reason why chains have not moved into the core is the lack of population in the core. To sustain business and be financially viable there needs to be a certain number of permanent residents in the core (I’m thinking 10000 but I can’t remember the exact number) and currently we do not have that many people.

      Sadly it’s not a “if you build it they will come” mentality and I can fully understand that.

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  2. Clara.

    I say this poster at Dundas and Clarence yesterday.

    Great Stuff.

    Reply

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