297 College St – Loblaws set to open in 2016

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Grocery store giant confirmed a “unique”, 20,000 square foot store will open at 297 College St. in 2016, despite opposition from some in the community.

By: 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.”