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10 notable businesses that closed in Toronto last month

Businesses that closed in Toronto last month included outposts of some large global chains, and in some cases, marked entire brands leaving Canada altogether. On top of that, we lost the city's longest-running Mexican restaurant and the only store for funnel cakes.

Here are notable businesses that closed in Toronto last month.

Fernando’s Hideaway

This marks the end to a long journey for Fernando's, which originally opened as Hernando's Hideaway in 1979 in a Yonge Street basement. The Danforth incarnation was a far cry from the original, but the heydey of frozen margaritas will be missed.

Funnel Cake Express

You'll still be able to find the food truck doling out deep fried carnival food at the CNE, if it actually reopens this summer, but Funnel Cake's only brick-and-mortar at Yonge and Wellesley has closed for good.

Best Buy at Yonge and Eglinton

The Yonge and Eg location of the Canadan electronics giant decided not to renew its lease and closed mid-February. The number of Best Buys are dwindling—there are now only eight left in the GTA.

Harbour Eats by Mercatino

The once-bustling food hall for a range of lunch break eats, from sushi to tacos, has shut down. Equipment from inside the 10,000-square-foot space was put up for sale earlier last month. 

Boonsik

Little Italy's spot for Korean egg sandwiches and mini corn dogs announced that they would be closing on Feb. 26. The lease was up and the team says they hope to reopen elsewhere, outside of downtown. 

Scaddabush

This Italian restaurant closed, along with two others at the bottom of the Aura Condos: Reds Midtown Tavern and Duke's Refresher + Bar. According to business owners Service Inspired Restaurants, all other locations of the restaurants will continue to operate.

Godiva

All four locations of this global chocalatier brand are now closed. Godiva announced earlier this year that it would be closed all 128 of its North American stores by the end of March.  

J. Crew

All of J. Crew's Canadian stores, including its outlet Factory stores, are no more. The beginning of February saw the brand's remaining outlet locations in Vaughan Mills and Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills shut down permanently. 

Kiehl's at Yonge and Eglinton

This past Saturday was the last day for the skincare company's store at 518 Yonge St. It was one of two GTA locations of Kiehl's to be axed. You can still find stores on Queen West and in malls like the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale.

The Beet

The Junction's getaway for locally-sourced, organic meals has closed after more than 14 years on Dundas West. The team is hinting at a new project in the works, so we may see those falafel burgers again. 

Lead photo by

Morris Lum of Scaddabush


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