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This is what grocery stores used to look like in Toronto

Photos of old grocery stores in Toronto make it quite plain how much more sanitized supermarkets have become.

While this tendency might not appear quite as stark it does when looking at old photos of the St. Lawrence Market, it's still intriguing to note the amount of butchering that went on in-house.

Also interesting to track is the sheer growth in size of these outfits. Loblaws and Sobeys (formerly Dominion and A & P), for instance, had quite humble beginnings as neighborhood grocery stores before expanding to cover the city with supercentres.

1900s

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William Davies Store (Queen and Bay)

1910s

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First Loblaws, 511 Yonge St.

1920s

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Brunswick Meat Market, Bloor St.

1930s

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Scott's, Davenport and Dupont

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Stop and Shop, Avenue Road and Dupont

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Loblaws Warehouse, Bathurst and Fleet

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On the Danforth

1940s

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Dominion, Yonge and Bedford Park Rd.

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Dominion, near Old City Hall (via Grocerymania on Flickr)

1950s

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Dominion, Cloverdale Mall

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Dominion, Cloverdale Mall

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Dominion, Cloverdale Mall

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Dominion, Cloverdale Mall

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Dominion, Avenue Road (south of St. Clair)

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Loblaws iced tea display

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Loblaws, Bathurst and Glencairn

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Power Supermarket (2055 Danforth Avenue, more info here)

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Power Supermarket staff

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Via jbcurio on Flickr

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Via jbcurio on Flickr

1960s

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Dominion, near Yonge and Eglinton

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Steinberg's, Bathurst and Shepherd

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