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Annex location of Book City to close after 38 years

Posted by Derek Flack / January 16, 2014

Book City Annex ClosingBook City in the Annex will close its doors this spring. I write a lot of deadpool posts on this site, but this one really stings. While I've been bemoaned the passing of bookstores like Pages and This Ain't the Rosedale Library in the past, this Book City has been my local go-to for about decade. Open late with friendly staff and plenty of cheap books to go along with above average cultural studies and fiction sections, this was your quintessential neighbourhood book shop.

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LeVack Block deadpool, building sold for $3 million

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 13, 2014

Levack BlockAfter a six-year stint on Ossington, LeVack Block closed its doors for good after celebrating with one last blow-out dance party this past Saturday. The historic three storey building has been sold to new owners, which signals the end for the bar (and club-like back space) and event venue that was housed on the top floor. Once one of Ossington's hottest Friday and Saturday night destinations, the crowds just hadn't been the same over the last couple of years.

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The top 20 deadpool from Toronto in 2013

Posted by Liora Ipsum / December 20, 2013

Deadpool TorontoThe Toronto deadpool grew a whole bunch in 2013, with both old-hat dining establishments and short-lived players in Toronto's ever-evolving culinary and retail landscape shutting their doors, often for good. This year's list sees the loss of a number of well-reputed but perhaps, outmoded eateries as well as some innovative but untenable experiments.

We also learned that the World's Biggest Bookstore is closing, though it will run out the string for the first couple months of the new year. If there's a silver lining to all of these closures, it's that 2013 was also a robust year for new businesses, and at the risk of sounding like Gordon Gecko, the competitive marketplace often forces businesses to up their game.

Here are the top 20 deadpool from 2013.

See Also: The 10 biggest Toronto restaurant flops of 2013

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The Metro Theatre closes its doors for good

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 20, 2013

Metro Theatre ClosedThe Metro Theatre on Bloor St. West looks like it has shown its last porno film. A notice appeared in the window of the Koreatown movie house this week announcing it had "closed for good." According to Jonathan Hlibka, who was helping the current owner book movies and shows, the shutdown was entirely planned.

"I think right now they're looking at what their strategy is to actually exit the property," he says. "In the next couple of weeks [the owner] will come back and he will have a statement or he will let people know exactly what's happening and what they're going to be doing with it."

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World's Biggest Bookstore headed to the deadpool

Posted by Derek Flack / November 21, 2013

Worlds Biggest Bookstore ClosedThe World's Biggest Bookstore is set to close this February as the site on which it sits at 20 Edward St. has been sold to Lifetime Developments. Like the Honest Ed's sale, the deal to sell the iconic bookstore was brokered by the son of original owner Jack Cole (founder of Cole Books). "I was with my dad the day he bought it in 1979. My dad would have wanted what was best for his family," David Cole told The Toronto Star. Although there are no immediate plans for the site, Lifetime's portfolio (which includes the Four Seasons Hotel and a slew of condo projects around Toronto), it's not difficult to imagine the what the future holds for the site.

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Indian Rice Factory enters the deadpool after 43 years

Posted by Derek Flack / November 4, 2013

Indian Rice Factory ClosedAfter 43 years at the the corner of Dupont and Howland, the Indian Rice Factory has shut its doors. A note posted to Twitter yesterday broke the news. "To our dearest guests & friends: We have closed our retail operations. Thank you for over 43 years of wonderful memories. Namaste." No additional information has been offered about the closure, which also includes the adjacent Chai Bar, and the restaurant's Facebook page was deleted shortly thereafter. That said, residents of the neighbourhood had long noticed the declining busyness of the restaurant, which put Indian cuisine on the map in Toronto back in the 1970s.

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