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The Sam the record Man sign is returning to the square this summer as part of the deal with Ryerson when they built the new student centre. Will be on top of one of their buildings at the NE corner of the square.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/201...is-summer.html
This helps take some of the sting away from losing the Hard Rock Cafe (well, more about what's replacing it...)

I wish they could've found a spot for the Honest Ed's sign in the square.
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Old Posted Mar 14, 2017, 3:50 PM
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This helps take some of the sting away from losing the Hard Rock Cafe (well, more about what's replacing it...)

I wish they could've found a spot for the Honest Ed's sign in the square.
Not in the square but I guess they are planning to reinstall it on Mirvish theatre which is just around the corner. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...sign-1.3972090


And by reinstalling I basically mean rebuilding from scratch because I guess the sign was in absolutely atrocious condition. Even if they had kept Honest Ed's the sign would have ended up needing replacement.
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That should give us 10 years to figure out how to avoid making the same mistakes. Instead, we emulate. Because, if it happened in New York..
Oh no! The city is adding thousands of people to the core, what should our response be? Stop private companies from providing them convenient services close to where they live, so it is eventually awful enough that moving makes more and more sense despite Toronto's awful commutes.

The city must protect tourist trade jobs, instead of providing a space for workers in high value services, which the market is steering towards!
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Oh no! The city is adding thousands of people to the core, what should our response be? Stop private companies from providing them convenient services close to where they live, so it is eventually awful enough that moving makes more and more sense despite Toronto's awful commutes.
Indeed, a Starbucks on every corner! A drug store evey 50m!
Onward ho! To Bed, Bath and Beyond we go!

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The flagship Shoppers Drug Mart (Loblaws) should have better food than Hard Rock.
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Apparently the Hard Rock is looking for a new downtown location, the soon to be closed HMV flagship on Yonge would be ideal, but I doubt that will happen.
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Apparently the Hard Rock is looking for a new downtown location, the soon to be closed HMV flagship on Yonge would be ideal, but I doubt that will happen.
Sounds like you've got the Battle of Jutland or Leyte Gulf going on down there!
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You're being sarcastic, right? There is already a Shoppers at Yonge-Dundas, though not in as prime a location as the Hard Rock spot.
You have me wondering whether I was too subtle or whether you are being sarcastic in asking?
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Old Navy to Launch 8 Canadian Stores in 2017
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In May of this year, Old Navy will open two stores in Western Canada — at Calgary’s CrossIron Mills, as well as at the new Outlet Collection Winnipeg. CrossIron Mills is classified as a ‘hybrid outlet centre’ (mixing full-price and outlet stores), while the Winnipeg centre, scheduled to open on May 3 of the year, will be Western Canada’s second American-style designer outlet mall.
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A source at Old Navy confirms that a further six stores are expected to open in Canada over the next nine months or so. In October of this year, Old Navy will open its first store in Sherbrooke, Quebec, at Carrefour de l'Estrie. Other markets set to get new Old Navy stores include the Montreal region (three stores: CF Galeries d’Anjou, Les Avenues Vaudreuil and Carrefour Angrignon), Toronto (Toronto Premium Outlets), as well as a location in suburban Edmonton.
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Some of whats going on in the USA will probably have an affect up here.

The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America

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Mar. 21, 2017, 5:25 PM


Thousands of mall-based stores are shutting down in what's fast becoming one of the biggest waves of retail closures in decades.

More than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the next couple of months.

Department stores like JCPenney, Macy's, Sears, and Kmart are among the companies shutting down stores, along with middle-of-the-mall chains like Crocs, BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Guess.

Some retailers are exiting the brick-and-mortar business altogether and trying to shift to an all-online model.

For example, Bebe is closing all its stores — about 170 — to focus on increasing its online sales, according to a Bloomberg report.

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The US has 23.5 square feet of retail space per person, compared with 16.4 square feet in Canada and 11.1 square feet in Australia, the next two countries with the most retail space per capita, according to a Morningstar Credit Ratings report from October.

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And people are now devoting bigger shares of their wallets to restaurants, travel, and technology than ever before, while spending less on apparel and accessories.

As stores close, many shopping malls will be forced to shut down as well.

When an anchor store like Sears or Macy's closes, it often triggers a downward spiral in performance for shopping malls.

Not only do the malls lose the income and shopper traffic from that store's business, but the closure often triggers "co-tenancy clauses" that allow the other mall tenants to terminate their leases or renegotiate the terms, typically with a period of lower rents, until another retailer moves into the anchor space.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/the-r...america-2017-3
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Bebe doesn't have that many stores in Canada.

CANADA

Yorkdale Toronto
Metropolis at Metrotown Burnaby
West Edmonton Mall Edmonton
Chinook Centre Calgary
Pacific Centre Vancouver
Square One Mississauga
Vaughan Mills Outlet Vaughn
Outlet Collection at Niagara
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Photos: Ladurée Vancouver opens second location inside Holt Renfrew
by Tammy Kwan on March 24th, 2017 at 4:30 PM



When the French patisserie Ladurée opened its first Canadian location in Vancouver last year, hundreds of excited and eager macaron-lovers lined up outside its doors on Robson Street.

Today marks the one year anniversary of its grand opening (March 24, 2016), and to celebrate the occasion, a second Ladurée boutique and tea salon (737 Dunsmuir Street) has quietly sprung up inside Holt Renfrew.

“Ladurée’s first international location was actually at Harrod’s in London,” explained Olesya Krakhmalyova, the Canadian licensee for Ladurée. “They like to do beautiful shop-in-shops at distinguished shopping malls and department stores, so for Canada, we saw us being at Holt Renfrew. It is kind of like the best being with the best.”

Situated next to the brand new women’s shoe hall inside the luxury department store, guests can expect the same Ladurée experience inside this shop-in-shop: whimsical and elegant with lots of attention to detail.

The 800-square-foot space incorporates white marble, pastel-coloured macarons and collectibles, and a wallpaper design characterized by charming hot-air balloons.



http://www.straight.com/food/886001/...e-holt-renfrew
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I have noticed a lot of things have gotten cheaper especially at walmart, you can get their cheap brand of chocolate for 1.00 each now, they used to sell around 1.49. they are made in europe and i think they are made by Lindt. Always good for cheap tasty chocolate. Their own brands of food compared to loblaws are much cheaper but loblaws seems to be bringing their prices down too.

Food deflation hits Western Canadian grocers

Price wars, shifting consumer shopping habits atop business challenges for store owners
By Glen Korstrom | March 24, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

Price wars are forcing Western Canadian grocers to grapple with food deflation as discretionary spending tightens and consumers employ various strategies to reduce spending and trips to grocery stores, according to research from consumer behaviour consultancy Nielsen.

Grocery prices in Western Canada were down 0.9% at the end of 2016, compared with a year earlier, Nielsen vice-president of consumer insights Carman Allison told Western Canada’s largest grocery show, Grocery & Specialty Food West, in Vancouver March 20.

That is three times the 0.3% decline in food prices that Nielsen found nationally.
Business in Vancouver reported on the trend toward food deflation trend in September, but at that point, actual deflation was only taking place in the U.S. and Canada had a nominal 1.1% food-inflation rate.

The steepest drops in Western Canadian grocery prices at the end of 2016 were for fresh vegetables (-5.2%), processed meat (-3.9%) and condiments (-2.7%), according to Nielsen.

Its data shows actual purchases, Allison said, and not the proverbial “basket of goods” that Statistics Canada uses to determine the consumer price index.

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https://www.biv.com/article/2017/3/p...adian-grocers/
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Photos: Ladurée Vancouver opens second location inside Holt Renfrew
by Tammy Kwan on March 24th, 2017 at 4:30 PM



When the French patisserie Ladurée opened its first Canadian location in Vancouver last year, hundreds of excited and eager macaron-lovers lined up outside its doors on Robson Street.

Today marks the one year anniversary of its grand opening (March 24, 2016), and to celebrate the occasion, a second Ladurée boutique and tea salon (737 Dunsmuir Street) has quietly sprung up inside Holt Renfrew.

“Ladurée’s first international location was actually at Harrod’s in London,” explained Olesya Krakhmalyova, the Canadian licensee for Ladurée. “They like to do beautiful shop-in-shops at distinguished shopping malls and department stores, so for Canada, we saw us being at Holt Renfrew. It is kind of like the best being with the best.”

Situated next to the brand new women’s shoe hall inside the luxury department store, guests can expect the same Ladurée experience inside this shop-in-shop: whimsical and elegant with lots of attention to detail.

The 800-square-foot space incorporates white marble, pastel-coloured macarons and collectibles, and a wallpaper design characterized by charming hot-air balloons.



http://www.straight.com/food/886001/...e-holt-renfrew
Ladurée looks like a lovely location for Vancouver ladies who lunch!
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Ladurée looks like a lovely location for Vancouver ladies who lunch!
Exactly. I went to the Cote D'Azur at Christmas time and loved almost all of the food specialities there but for the life of me, I can't get excited about macarons. Emperors new clothes and even McDo carry them there.

Ladies who lunch places to me are places to avoid so I'll be sure to avoid a macaron emporium if it ever comes to where I head to.

Now if they could only combine cupcakes, artisinal olive oil and macarons in a Holt Renfrew.

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WoW. A tad much don't you think? Leave your balls at the door.
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