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New Loblaws unveiled at Maple Leaf Gardens

Posted by Derek Flack / November 30, 2011

Loblaws Maple Leaf GardensThe new Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens is, as one would expect, a pretty remarkable grocery store. Not only is it a huge retail space at 85,000 square feet, but its market-style features — things like self-serve seafood, the grand wall of cheese, and loads of prepared food options — are part of what the company calls its "theatre of food." As impressive as this is (and it is pretty impressive), none of it is particularly surprising. When Loblaws announced that it would be opening a store at the former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you knew that it would be pulling out all the stops.

Maple Leaf Gardens LoblawsSo it's a great grocery store, one that's being touted as a place to find lots of locally sourced products, but what about the adaptive re-use of the building? The big question on my mind when Galen Weston drew back the red curtain to reveal the new store was how much of the Gardens would be left?

Maple Leaf Gardens LoblawsAs it turns out, not that much. But I already suspected as much when I got to look at photos of construction process. There are, however, plenty of gestures to the former history of the building. Along with the restoration of the building's exterior (which is still ongoing), upon entry, vistors are now greeted to a gigantic blue maple leaf statue that's assembled out of old seats from MLG. The font used to identify the main sections of the store harkens back to the one originally used within the arena. And, hey, they even made a point of marking out where centre ice used to be located — currently aisle 25 (unfortunately right beside the Spam).

Maple Leaf Gardens LoblawsOther touches like the mural behind the checkout counter, the food court tables and store pillars that tout MLG history, and the exposed brick wall that reveals the old escalator tracts are also clever reminders of the history that resides here. In other words, no complaints. When one thinks of the fate of other original six arenas — half of which were demolished (the Montreal Forum is now a shopping mall / AMC complex and Madison Square Garden was rebuilt on the same site) — it's difficult not to think that Toronto got this one right.

Maple Leaf Gardens LoblawsAnd there's more Gardens left to be seen. There was only so and so much Loblaws could do to retain the history of the building after it was agreed that Ryerson would take possession of the upper portion of the structure for its new arena and athletic centre. Although not yet complete, that's where one gets a real sense of the cathedral-like qualities of the property and its hockey heritage.

For now it's mostly about the food, but that's not really a bad thing.

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Discussion

88 Comments

asdf / November 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm
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people will line up for anything these days.
nicolas replying to a comment from asdf / November 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm
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they did give out free gift cards to the first 250 people in line.
NOMNOM / November 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm
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Looks amazing.

asdf = comic book guy
DonnySalami replying to a comment from NOMNOM / November 30, 2011 at 01:05 pm
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Thanks, I always wondered what the Comic Book Guy's name was.
gonzo / November 30, 2011 at 01:06 pm
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The old lady on carleton street sure does clean up nice.

It's the best of a bad situation. The leafs should have gutted the interior and rebuilt on site.

Funnily enough, they decided to leave the area and whore themselves out to rat race renegades who have turned the game into a business expense.
Bella / November 30, 2011 at 01:11 pm
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I appreciate the effort to reuse materials from the gardens but the chair sculpture looks disastrous. Is it any better in person?
laurie / November 30, 2011 at 01:11 pm
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that maple leaf made out of old seats is pretty rad.
Justin / November 30, 2011 at 01:11 pm
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Loblaws would like to extend thanks to Gordon Stuckless for making all of this possible.
ALyouCANeat / November 30, 2011 at 01:12 pm
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I just can't believe they're only open until 11pm. Needs to be later or 24hrs for downtown. Hopefully, that will change.
Corrector replying to a comment from gonzo / November 30, 2011 at 01:15 pm
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Carlton, not Carleton.
namehijacked / November 30, 2011 at 01:20 pm
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Even with a gift card, people are nuts to pay the prices Loblaws charges. I went to the one at the foot of Jarvis a few times. Outrageous what they charge.
The Food Basics on Wellesley is pretty scuzzy, but it's the same packaged goods coming from the same factories for substantially less.
Look at how pretty the Loblaws is: who, exactly is paying for those fixtures?
Not me, that's for sure.
ed / November 30, 2011 at 01:21 pm
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boy oh boy...someone really missed the boat on this one...this could have been something to really be proud of in this city for a change and never mind a real tourist draw...the hockey hall of fame should have been moved into the building instead we get a grocery store
skube / November 30, 2011 at 01:23 pm
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Why are some stores called Loblaws and others Loblaw?
the rock / November 30, 2011 at 01:25 pm
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IF YA SMELLLLLLLLLLLLLALALALALALAALAAAAAAH
Stephanie replying to a comment from skube / November 30, 2011 at 01:30 pm
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@skube They aren't. All stores are Loblaws. The company is Loblaw.
Violet replying to a comment from ALyouCANeat / November 30, 2011 at 01:31 pm
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There's a metro at Yonge/College that's open 24/7, so your 3am needs are taken care of. I assume it'd be a hell of an operation taking this store open overnight.

Looks great!
Paul replying to a comment from ed / November 30, 2011 at 01:33 pm
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The last thing the Village needs is a bunch of hetero hockey fans. Finally this building will actually serve the local community.

Frankly, I would not have objected had they torn it down and/or significantly redeveloped. The building is basically an eyesore and as much a temple to child abuse as anything else.
putty / November 30, 2011 at 01:34 pm
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Yay grocery store! More food, for my belly!
Right replying to a comment from Paul / November 30, 2011 at 01:54 pm
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Yeah, tear down every historic landmark in Toronto. That's the way forward!

/facepalm
bob loblaw replying to a comment from skube / November 30, 2011 at 01:58 pm
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There's Loblaws and then there's Loblaw Great Foods. I don't know the difference but I think it's just another banner store like Real Canadian Superstore. It's all under the same umbrella.
J replying to a comment from Paul / November 30, 2011 at 02:15 pm
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If we followed the "Let's tear down X because X is a temple to Y abuse" forumla there'd be very few buildings left.

And since when was The Village exclusively for LBGTBBQWTF people? That's pretty intolerant, if you ask me.
me / November 30, 2011 at 02:18 pm
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Sorry, I'm just underwhelmed. What a sad use of a historic building.
NOM NOMZ / November 30, 2011 at 02:27 pm
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I can't wait to put Galen Weston's hot dog in my mouth tonight.
haha replying to a comment from me / November 30, 2011 at 03:03 pm
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I think this is a great use of a historic building. Why put a museum that people will only go to once in their lives? Better to get traffic in there every day of the week.
Francois / November 30, 2011 at 03:13 pm
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The place had been empty for 12 years and we're not talking Greek ruins here. This is exactly what we needed in the neighbourhood, and it will still be used for hockey. I can't think of a better solution.
john replying to a comment from asdf / November 30, 2011 at 03:15 pm
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good food is worth the wait in line
pay attention replying to a comment from me / November 30, 2011 at 03:30 pm
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me / NOVEMBER 30, 2011 AT 02:18 PM
Sorry, I'm just underwhelmed. What a sad use of a historic building.
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Completely preserved the facade: not good enough for you

Kept as much of the innards historically intact as possible: not good enough for you

Grocery store = perfect use = opportunity to preserve much of the innards. It was a hockey rink. Did you want them to keep all the stands? That would mean keeping it as an arena, which was impossible.

But please, enlighten us with your brilliant ideas for this enormous building which was essentially seats, 4 walls and a roof.
facepalm replying to a comment from Right / November 30, 2011 at 03:56 pm
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Actually tearing down the old and building the new is kinda what moving forward is....

*facepalm!*
Adam replying to a comment from facepalm / November 30, 2011 at 04:23 pm
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Dumb comment. Every great city in the world (NYC, Paris, Chicago) is great because of their mix of old and new buildings. Keep the good ones.
porkluvr / November 30, 2011 at 04:23 pm
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Looks like any other grocery store. Is this really this best we could come up with? Yawn.
M. / November 30, 2011 at 04:31 pm
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I feel quite upset, sad and disappointed about the reopening of The Maple Leaf Gardens-otherwise known as-Loblaws/Ryerson as I truly feel that the immense pain stemming from the exceedingly terrible abuse cases are not acknowledged, recognized nor given enough/proper respect. I really think that the numerous victims should at least be remembered, thought of, kept in mind and paid much proper sympathy/respect to rather than focusing on the money, wealth, greed and materialistic aspects that Loblaws/Ryerson shall bring. Where is the humanity, justice and compassion? :( =(
Paul2 / November 30, 2011 at 04:41 pm
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Too far away for me. Bring on Queen & Portland!! Anyone know when it's supposed to open?
Doug / November 30, 2011 at 04:52 pm
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@skube, Stephanie, Bob Loblaw:

The different banners are due to the stores operating under different collective agreements with the UFCW:

Loblaws = standard 'union shop'
Loblaw Great Food (and Real Canadian Superstore) = watered down benefits and wage schedule negotiated with UFCW with the intention of store being more competitive with Walmart
stop / November 30, 2011 at 04:53 pm
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Stop the whining about child abuses, many buildings in this city has had child abuses happen in them. i don't see plaques being erected to remember the victims. Child abuses should never happen, and hopefully the a-hole who does it is rotting in jail. But whining about it, because they remodelled the building is just plain dumb. seriously.
MrsPotato / November 30, 2011 at 04:56 pm
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wow.. its a freakin' grocery store.
waiting in line ... HAHAHAHAHAAA!!!
Important-silence isn't the answer. / November 30, 2011 at 05:02 pm
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It's much more than "whining"-it's expressing emotions and thoughts about it. Yes, there are many other buildings and places where child abuse/abuse has occurred-unfortunately-those buildings/places are of course no lesser than the Loblaws/Ryerson. However, there is so much focus and effort to remodel it-so why not at least put a plaque or do something to remember the victims? The other places/buildings should do the same-but-there wasn't a major remodeling done. Hence, the many other buildings/places were not mentioned. Being silent about this extremely important issue of child abuse/abuse is never good nor positive because staying silent as you would prefer is one of the major problems in regards to child abuse/abuse being stopped-reported-being silent prevents positive changes from being made-having a voice is significant rather than being quiet and not saying a word about something that is quite important and rings true.
Mr. Plow replying to a comment from M. / November 30, 2011 at 05:14 pm
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what a bunch of debbie downers
Miles / November 30, 2011 at 05:17 pm
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@Paul2

It's opening Friday!
Paul2 replying to a comment from Miles / November 30, 2011 at 05:37 pm
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Yay!! Thanks @Miles! I was getting sick of Metro.
Loblaws employee replying to a comment from Doug / November 30, 2011 at 05:45 pm
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Loblaw Great Food & Loblaws Great have the same collective agreement/working conditions, the old Loblaws are all being converted to the Great Food format by the end of 2012. Why keep the "s"? Customers are familiar with it I guess, they don't explain these decisions to us. Customers won't notice any difference in the shopping experience. Real Canadian Superstore has pretty much the same wage scale/benefits as Lobalaw/s Great Food.

The biggest change is that in Loblaws, working Sunday was an option & after so many hours of service as a part time employee you could choose not to be scheduled on certain days, so you know, you could have a life. Not perfect but it did work. Under the new collective agreement everyone must be available Friday(am or pm), Saturday & Sunday anytime store is open (effectively on call every weekend) so good luck if you have a second job or a family.
holo2 / November 30, 2011 at 06:07 pm
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Ace Bakery, nice touch
Kevo / November 30, 2011 at 06:15 pm
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@stop - amen. I'm sure half of the city would be covered with plaques about child sexual/physical abuse if we were to follow that logic.

imo, I do think this came out well. Those who are against it seem to ignore the fact that Loblaws put a ton of money into the building the government wouldn't and the fact that it was 100% useless remaining the way it was as a 20,000 seat arena. At least the Loblaws/Ryerson combination will bring thousands of people to MLG daily and reawaken the street and building at all times of the day.
tim replying to a comment from skube / November 30, 2011 at 06:24 pm
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I think Loblaw is just food and Loblaws has Joe Fresh clothes and stuff like that.
Jenny / November 30, 2011 at 06:40 pm
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I've lived in that neighborhood for years and the Gardens had been abandoned (save for an exhibit one year during Nuit Blanche and that season they used it for Battle of the Blades). I'm just glad it's no longer just sitting there like an unused discarded shell of a building anymore.
Stra / November 30, 2011 at 07:16 pm
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it's no Le Bon Marché, Harrods, Citarella or Balduccis which it should have been, but I get it.
plaque replying to a comment from Important-silence isn't the answer. / November 30, 2011 at 07:35 pm
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I had a dirty old man grab my behind at elm and yonge can I get a plaque erected there for the horror i experienced?
Moron replying to a comment from facepalm / November 30, 2011 at 08:24 pm
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Using that logic, I guess we may as well bulldoze Kensington Market, Union Station, The Distillery district and other landmarks and replace them with more ugly glass condos.

Dumb ass troll
Howie replying to a comment from namehijacked / November 30, 2011 at 08:53 pm
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Not all people like to shop is scuzzy food basic stores. Some people actually like to have a positive experience when shopping in a grocery store. Somewhere they can actually feel comfortable and dont have to trip on skid drops of can food and produce.
roofdog / November 30, 2011 at 08:55 pm
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lame
moi / November 30, 2011 at 09:07 pm
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At least it's not condos!
Roger / November 30, 2011 at 09:19 pm
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I'll go there when they offer a decent Foodie Tuesday program. ;)
Erch replying to a comment from ALyouCANeat / November 30, 2011 at 10:01 pm
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I'm an employee that was just hired on for the gardens location. The problem with opening the store as a 24 hour location is that they already made 650 hires between the gardens and the new queen and portland location. It was already an incredible undertaking just opening the new locations. The store will undoubtedly go 24 hour, but they just didn't have the logistics to do it at launch.
seanm replying to a comment from tim / November 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm
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It has something to do with the different banners. Loblaw refers to their Loblaw Great Food stores, which is their primarily food focused banner. Sounds like you're right that Loblaws are locations that offer more than one of their brands (Loblaw + Joe Fresh in this case). The parent company is Loblaw Companies Limited. Either way, they should pick one name for consistency's sake.
Rob Ford / November 30, 2011 at 10:51 pm
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Loblaws is my favourite restaurant.
no / November 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm
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it's a hell of a lot better than either of the metro stores around there, at the very least, and to be fair it's actually a very nice store. and really, it's a great use of the space - especially when ryerson gets their shit together and gets their gym/arena/whatever up and running. much more positive than it just sitting there. as a somewhat nocturnal resident of the area i look forward to it going 24 hours
Gravy Train / November 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm
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MLSE missed a perfect opportunity to have Marlies game at the Gardens. Ricoh is a poor location to get down to games and traffic deters people to get in from other parts of the city. Even then they could of still converted a floor to have the Hockey Hall of Fame housed there. Now MLSE is suing over the use of the name Maple Leaf Gardens. Greed, sad.
lovesit / December 1, 2011 at 12:31 am
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food+hockey... WHY is anyone complaining???
As for the abuse issue, I mean no disrespect but I know nothing about it. If the building has a bad past renovation was the way to go! New beginnings!
Ἀντισθένης / December 1, 2011 at 01:59 am
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Nostalgia is one thing, but I am over forty and the Leafs have not won in MY LIFETIME. At least in Loblaws you'll get something for your money.
steve replying to a comment from Ἀντισθένης / December 1, 2011 at 07:01 am
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I am happy that the building no longer looks dowdy and neglected creating a dead corner. Opening the windows along Church Street is the best new feature (or old) not sure when the windows were bricked up.
I have been in the neighborhood for 30yrs MLG was never part of the neighborhood. It was plopped down in 1932 in what was and still is a residential neighborhood. After its erection 1/3 of the surrounding area became parking lots. Hoping the two levels of underground parking will be enough I want to see the rest of the surface parking disappear.
Chrissy replying to a comment from steve / December 1, 2011 at 02:09 pm
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Agreed, Steve. I live in the neighbourhood too, and having a huge property like that sitting there empty had turned that intersection into the kind of place where a lot of drug deals and solicitation of prostitutes happens. Pretty sure the seedy element and lack of local business traffic is why the CIBC on the corner locks its doors at 5pm so you can't even access the ATMs. I think having a thriving business, and a facility used by university students (which to me is FAR less about greed/money and more about a diverse community sharing space!) is going to really revitalize the neighbourhood. It's almost definitely going to be safer, and I imagine it will also be good for property values and foot traffic to local businesses. Not to mention, this is a densely-populated neighbourhood--we did need another, large grocery store (with room to manoeuvre around each other in the aisles).
iSkyscraper / December 2, 2011 at 01:28 am
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Terrific, terrific project - and this coming from someone who has lived in New York for the past decade and works in architecture/development. The restoration of the facade and marquee is outstanding. Whiners go elsewhere -- any city would be thrilled to get this sort of adaptive reuse. Well done, T.O.

Oh, and by the way, the 2nd MSG (the first indoor one) was torn down and replaced by a skyscraper, the 3rd MSG was torn down and replaced by a skyscraper and the 4th one (1968) was just renovated, though it is still a dump and never should have been built on Penn Station. Boston Garden and Chicago Stadium are now vast parking lots. Detroit Olympia was replaced by an army depot surrounded by what looks like a nuked cityscape. The only thing that comes close to the preservation/re-use of MLG is the Forum, which is so disfigured now as a theater/mall that you would never recognize it as being historic, especially from the outside.
Kylara7 / December 2, 2011 at 03:40 pm
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I skipped the morning opening crowds but went later in the evening on Wednesday and was very excited to check out the shrine to food and hockey in my neighborhood! I'm so glad this beautiful building is being repurposed; that corner looks so much better already and more people on the street late at night is a good trend for businesses and residents.

It's true that we needed a more spacious grocery store in the area...I'll still shop at Metro and No Frills for my everyday items and quick trips, but having another option for the big stockups and specialty ingredients is a big boost. With Metro, Sobey's, and Loblaws now virtually co-located around Yonge and College-Carlton, there's bound to be some better price competition as well. I noticed Metro's prices suddenly improved when the Bay St. Sobey's opened...

Rob / December 2, 2011 at 04:54 pm
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Well well.. the rich Weston's have cheaped out yet again.. why not go to London and see Galen senior's Selfridges chain? It's oppulent and perfect.. high end everything. Toronto is a joke.. nothing we have in grocery stores even comes close to Marks and Spencer.. the UK has the most incredible grocery stores in the world.. food quality second to none.. try and find tasty fresh raspberries at a Loblaw/s store.. you won't.. I'm sick of this city.. and the rich getting richer by providing the rest of us with a 2nd class store. Re packaging no name with President's Choice lables and charging double.. now their new black label line.. good luck with that.. the prices are so high and the quality, again, substandard. I hope Loblaws goes under..
moi replying to a comment from holo2 / December 2, 2011 at 09:08 pm
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The westons bought ace bakery a while back.
ROY ANDERSON / December 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm
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GREAT STORE!!!
WHERE IS THE PARKING ENTRANCE?
namehijacked replying to a comment from Important-silence isn't the answer. / December 3, 2011 at 09:08 am
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What an excellent idea - have you forwarded it to the Toronto (bleeding heart) Star? They've never met a victim they didn't like. I'm sure they could pick up the cause. Just what Loblaws shoppers want to see: "So-and-so received 100 blowjobs for free tickets here. Too bad he just didn't say NO."
Suck it up, whiners. Life is not a bowl of cherries. Abuse or not, very few people had Brady Bunch upbringings. A good friend of mine's family from Cape Breton had newspapers stuffed in the walls for insulation and would be lucky to split a can of soup for dinner between 3 kids - and I'm talking the 1970s, not 1940s.
Newsflash: if some usher lets you in for free, then grabs your ass - leave, call security, run screaming to your mother. Going back 100 times over numerous years is NOT abuse -that's consent.
When I was 14, a guy was giving us kids free motor cycle rides in the ravine in G Lord Ross Park (Dufferin/Bathurst/north of Finch. He grabbed my ass a few times, but I thought he was just making sure I was on the seat safely. I had heard from other friends that they'd been to his place and he'd offered them beer and wanted to kiss them. They laughed it off (or so they told us)and just thought the guy was weird. When this guy wanted to take me to some snowmobile races, I told him I had to ask my father (isn't that what families do - raise their kids properly?) My father, naturally, said no, even after talking to the guy on the phone. My father said we didn't know him and 'older' men should not be taking boys to shows.
I was disappointed but never saw the man again. You just don't go back 20 times, 'hoping' to have your ass grabbed again for free motorcycle rides.
Twelve and 14 year old kids are not that stupid. What happened at Maple Leaf Gardens 30 or 40 years ago was undoubtedly gross and even wrong, but any kid who goes back that many times for 'free' this or 'free' that was either enjoying it (like he will admit THAT to his parents or the police!) or consenting to the avails of prostitution. The victims were 'fine' until the cat was out of the bag. Naturally, they were then ashamed, the authorities freaked, a media circus ensued and even those who had simply gone on with their lives wanted a piece of the action.
Isn't it funny how money (reparations) always solves perceived slights and mental injury?
Flame away..........
snaggles replying to a comment from laurie / December 3, 2011 at 05:41 pm
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Yes, that blue seats maple leaf sculpture is totally rad and so are the other nods to the history. This is the first nice public (not in the economic sense) project I have seen in this city. About time.
Josh / December 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm
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It's all about Whole Foods people. It's all about Whole foods..... :-)
Actually replying to a comment from Stephanie / December 4, 2011 at 12:01 am
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It use to be called Loblaws but the company made some changes and stores will be eventually called Loblaw.
Graham Kerr / December 4, 2011 at 07:00 am
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Is there parking?
Terra Ryzing / December 5, 2011 at 03:52 am
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Why does Loblaws have many banners for its stores? E.g. No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Valu Mart, Power, etc.
bea lal / December 6, 2011 at 07:24 am
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what a waste of a piece of history..... Maple Leaf Gardens a loblaws wow i remember going there when i was younger to watch most of the leaf games ( mind you i was forsed ) being a Hab fan..lol but still a piece of history a loblaws
duh replying to a comment from bea lal / December 6, 2011 at 08:10 am
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Newsflash for bea lal:

MLG was a giant hockey arena with no tenants on prime downtown land.

They saved the entire facade. They saved artifacts. They saved so much of the innards it's pretty much a museum.

But please, enlighten us with what you would have done with it instead.
Mike replying to a comment from Loblaws employee / December 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm
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Having to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in retail???? What a crazy concept. They must be out of their mind.
Being able to pick which days employees want to work based on their family needs sounds like a great way to bring in customers...especially in a grocery store. Who really does their grocery shopping on the weekends anyway right?
Bonehead.
Maryam Kharazi replying to a comment from asdf / December 16, 2011 at 09:07 am
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Please install some air condition with warm air at the entrance door. The cold weather from entrance door to produce caused to decrease chicken temperature very soon
and the staff who working at security, daily and salad bar are freezing now. and I saw the low salad bar temperature caused the product freezing. I think this is a big issue of Health & Safety!!! I was working as daily cashier for 2 weeks for help. Now I have very pain foot problem.I went to the walking cleaning at loblaw and south lake hospital. they recognized this pain is about the cold weather which hurt my joined. I appreciated of so many kind to me and I hope you fix this problem.Let to make perfect maple leaf store.
Eleanor Chestnutt / December 22, 2011 at 10:15 am
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Re parking- your competition is free. 1 hour is not enough to do a weekly shop. $40.00 is gouging.Your machine does not take into account the first free hour so 3 hours is $40.00 not 1 hour free and 8x4=$16.00. You want to sell groceries not piss off the customer re parking. With this size of store you need 3 hours to do a weekly shop. What about 3 hours free with $100.00 receipt. Max $20.00 with a receipt. For the "no receipt" change $100.00 I don't care. I want to shop at your store and can't carry groceries.The Blue Jays only charge $20.00. Love the store and the happy pills you give the staff. Eleanor
mike / December 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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I wish the Leafs were still playing here. At least I'm glad they didn't tear this building down to make condo but turned it into a place where the public can go. Having a grocery store with a walk-in clinic here makes it convenient for for those of us who don't have cars.
Mike / December 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm
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Thanks for the review and photos. I live in New York, but made the trip to MLG in 1999 to see a game before it was too late. A great old barn, it was. One minor point; you said that Madison Square Garden was rebuilt on the same site. It's true that the current Garden has been renovated several times and is undergoing yet ANOTHER renovation currently, but the Garden that originally hosted the Rangers was uptown at 8th Avenue and 49th Street. It was torn down shortly after closing in 1968.
Mr. Shadow replying to a comment from namehijacked / December 27, 2011 at 12:13 am
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Obviously, you missed the No Frills on Front Street, and the Metro, as well as Rabba.
Assubdominique / December 28, 2011 at 09:24 pm
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must check for less for less
Monica / February 21, 2012 at 09:55 pm
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I'm from l.a. and i still think fifteen bucks for a salad with cucous and brocc
Eoli is extreme.
Dylan / March 12, 2012 at 12:02 am
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Hockey Not Groceries
Pat E / May 3, 2012 at 02:07 pm
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Amazing Store! - I have been to this location twice now , and not only is it a beatiful food store but the customer service was outstanding at every counter I came upon. THANK YOU Evangeline for your help and knowledge on your baked goods...I would say this store has the 'cream of the crop' as far and curitious and helpful staff memebers in every single department.
Totebag replying to a comment from Mike / June 18, 2012 at 06:46 am
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I think what the Loblaw employee means is that, part time employees now need to make their weekends available so that they can be called in as customer volume fluctuates. Meaning, they may not be scheduled to work, however, if the need for additional staffing arises due to higher than expected volume in a day, then management reserves the right to call in pt employees. What the loblaw employee fails to realize, is that this is not due to the collective bargaining agreement. Instead, this is just "business as usual" in a retail environment. Not being available does not mean that they can be terminated, or have any other negative repercussions stemming from inability to work a non-scheduled shift (as this would be in direct violation of the ESA and labour laws), it simply means that they will be less likely to be called in in the future, meaning less likely to earn additional wages.

That said, the CBA does prohibit full time staff from being called in on weekends if they have already worked 44 hours for that week.
Eric R Fisher replying to a comment from namehijacked / July 12, 2012 at 05:36 am
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The writer makes a compelling counterpoint to the Toronto Star style of playing up victimhood. Being gay and 70, I can tell you about being a victim of society's norms, which has left me psychologically damaged to this day. Maybe I should do a class action lawsuit a la Residential Schools. How about Indian kids adopted out to white parents? Poor babies lost their culture [of booze, welfare and thumping a drum] and stayed alive. [Try being a gay kid with heterosexist parents. The love that dare not speak its name, indeed.] But hey, find a predatory lawyer and sue, sue, sue. Canada, you owe me, big time. Nothing like a big settlement to assuage the hurt! Off to Tahiti for therapy.
James / October 25, 2012 at 01:03 pm
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This speaks to the forward thinking attitude of Torontonians...The Gardens are and always were a Toronto landmark. Having replaced the facility with the ACC, the last thing the MAJORITY of SANE people would have wanted is for it to be leveled, forgotten about, and replaced with a forty story condo. Think about it.
Gérald Milltte / March 22, 2013 at 08:27 pm
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bonjour,

Félicitation pour ce nouveau concept. Suggestion, mettre l'enfanse sur l'habillement. Nous avons présentement un uniforme professionnel c'est-à-dire chemise vert et pantalon noir. Très belle image de la compagnie. Et de donner un service personnalité.
Kaylee / March 10, 2014 at 11:40 am
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Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?

There's a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content.
Please let me know. Cheers

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