Controversial big box grocery store near Kensington Market abruptly shuts down
Once upon a time, back in 2013, the notoriously gentrification-averse Toronto community of Kensington Market was furious to learn that Loblaws was planning to open a big box grocery store in their backyard.
Located at the base of a new condo building geared toward well-to-do students at College and Spadina, that supermarket turned out to be not an actual Loblaws, but an "Independent City Market" owned by Loblaw Companies Limited.
It opened, despite much opposition, atop the former site of a razed Zen Buddhist Temple in 2016.
Whether it's because people weren't feeling the store or, perhaps more likely, because Kensington Market contains a wealth of its own incredibly fresh and low-priced food markets, it closed for good last weekend.
"We made the difficult decision to close the City Market at College and Spadina, as the store had been underperforming for a number of years," said a PR rep for Loblaw when asked about the closure.
"The store officially closed on November 7, 2020. Employees were provided significant notice and access to extended assistance programs."
Multiple local residents, including one who lives in the building above the store in question, have told blogTO that the location is being transformed into a T&T Supermarket (which is also owned by Loblaw.)
Unfortunately, Loblaw's public relations department was unable to confirm the rumours, nor were the Kensington Market BIA or the nearby Toronto Chinatown BIA.
All we know for certain is that there's no more College and Spadina Independent City Market (which, for the record, was actually a pretty decent downtown grocery store.)
"For customers looking for alternate City Market locations, Bloor Street Independent City Market, King and Shaw City Market and Peter Street City Market are all within 3 km or less of the College and Spadina location," said Loblaw's PR.
"We have no additional information to share at this time."
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