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Pusateri's gourmet grocery store damaged by fire

The near-term future of North Toronto's favourite gourmet grocer is in doubt after a three alarm fire broke out last night. The Toronto Star reports that smoke and fire caused significant damage to the store's interior as well as the food products.

There's no word yet on what caused the fire but thankfully the store was closed to shoppers when it happened. According to Toronto Fire four cleaners were inside the building at the time and all escaped unharmed.

Pusateri's has been in business since 1986. Aside from the Avenue and Lawrence location, the family owned operation has storefronts in Yorkville and Bayview Village. In 2011 the store was shut down by the City due to poor sanitation and pest control issues but the grocer quickly recovered and wooed customers back with a lavish party celebrating their 25th anniversary.

A video posted by Peter Muscat (@petermuscat) on


In a statement posted this morning to their Facebook page, management indicated that the store would be "closed until further notice."

Photo and video by Peter Muscat on Instagram.


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