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A Rexall pharmacy is replacing the Brunswick House

The Brunny is shutting down on March 31 and a drug store will be replacing this beloved (yet much-maligned) Toronto watering hole. Times they are a changin' indeed.

Yes, a Rexall will be moving into the Ye Olde Brunswick House space, and since the location at 481 Bloor St., is under heritage designation, the pharmacy will be restoring and paying homage to the 139-year-old building. When it opens, likely some time in 2017, it'll be Rexall's flagship store.

This won't be the first heritage building to become a drug store. In 2015, the old Runnymede Theatre - at Bloor and Runnymede - became a massive, and rather beautiful, Shoppers Drug Mart.

When the Brunswick House first announced it was closing, it looked like a Boston Pizza would be moving into the neighbourhood.

Do you think a Rexall is better replacement for the Brunny? Let us know in the comments.

Photo by Peter Sinclair on Flickr.


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