By: Kim Nursall Staff Reporter, Published on Tue Jan 28 2014
Grocery store giant Loblaws is set to open a new, “unique” location next to Kensington Market, on College St. west of Spadina Ave.
Despite protests and a petition by Friends of Kensington Market that has notched more than 7,000 signatures, Loblaw Companies Ltd. confirmed to the Star Tuesday that a 15-storey condo development at 297 College St. will include a Loblaws on the second floor.
“This will be a unique store, a smaller-than-usual footprint, and a creative second-story location,” said Kevin Groh, vice-president corporate affairs, in an emailed statement.
“It will be part of a mixed-use development, which is — by definition — designed to support the healthy combination of high-density living with various services and retail nearby.”
Groh said community members should not be worried about the Loblaws having a negative effect.
“We understand but do not share the concern about the impact a new grocery store will have on community vitality,” he said. “Our stores are proven to support local customers and local communities.”