People in Toronto really hate the new MEC store on Queen West
The MEC at Queen and Soho isn't even open yet, but it's already getting horrible reviews.
Set to open in April, the new flagship store of the Canadian brand has been two years in the making, and has effectively transformed an empty parking lot once occupied by a few vendors into a future destination for everything outdoorsy.
But while fans of this quintessential camping co-op will be happy about this MEC opening, given the original flagship on King is set to become a 47-floor condo, not everyone is impressed with the new three-storey building that's graced Queen Street.
People have already taken to social media to criticize the drab design of the store, which spans 37,000 square feet and encompasses a day care, office space, and underground parking as well.
@mec it is very sad that this is your contribution to one of our city's most vibrant streets. Green doesn't always equal good nor urban...— Fadi Masoud (@fadi_masoud) February 8, 2019
One Twitter user described it as a "suburban big box store", which is one of the worst digs you can make at a store sitting on the main drag of bustling Queen West.
Wow, that's hideous. I'm surprised and disappointed in @MEC. I wish they'd simply opened this in a suburban superstore lot and spare this valuable downtown land for something that would have integrated better into this very walkable and vibrant area.— Gary Smith (@citypainter) February 8, 2019
It's definitely not nearly as nice as the original King flagship, which had a far more rustic look with its wooden awning.
Others are criticizing it for sticking out like a sore thumb in one of Toronto's Heritage Conservation Districts—at least they could have used red brick, said one guy, Paul.
These people don't know that architects worked directly with the City to make sure the project abided the rules of the Heritage Conservation District Plan—but that doesn't change the fact the building is still pretty ugly. Hopefully the interior will be nicer.
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