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01/29/2014

Loblaw to open store in Toronto's Kensington Market

Toronto's historic Kensington Market will have a new neighbour in the form of a Loblaw urban format store
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Despite opposition from neighbourhood and city officials who wanted to keep Kensington Market in Toronto free from corporate banners, there's going to be a new food shop in town.

It was announced that a 20,000-sq.-ft. Loblaw store (banner is not yet confirmed) would set up shop on the second floor of the 15-storey condo tower being built by developer Tribute Communities. Both developments are expected to open in the middle of 2016.

Since 2011, when Kensington's community groups found out about Tribute's development application, activists have been against any grocery chain like Loblaw coming in as it is seen as a competitor to the neighbourhood's unique mom and pop shops.

There's more change facing the neighbourhood, developer RioCan is proposing a large shopping centre, anchored by Walmart, in the western border of Kensington Mark.

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