Retail Tour

Tuesday, May 12, 2020  •  8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Departure is at 8:00 a.m. from the MTCC South Building – Ceremonial Entrance


  1. Loblaws Leslieville – Remodeled in 2015, the 60,000 sq. ft. location features a distinctive food market-style layout that includes quick and easy grab-and-go meals, a 12-foot-high wall of more than 300 cheeses, pastries and baked goods, a dry-aged beef case, an on-site juice bar, chef-made ready-to-eat meals, a T&T Sushi Bar, a noodle bar, and more.


  2. Farm Boy Leslieville – Opened in January 2019, the 20,038 sq. ft. fresh market includes a fast-casual restaurant with a 36-foot fresh salad and hot bar, fresh sushi and flatbread pizza and oven roasts cut to order. Prepared meals are also available for pickup or can be eaten on site in the market’s Wi-Fi enabled eating area. Products on offer include more than 400 varieties of local farmstead, Canadian and international cheeses, more than 15 fresh soups, eco-friendly, sustainable fresh seafood, farm fresh produce with organic and local in-season, and hundreds of Ontario fresh dairy, meat and grocery products.


  3. Longo’s Liberty Village – The 23,000 sq. ft. location opened in 2019 and is a first of its kind for Longo’s, as it debuts its collaboration with Toronto craft brewery, Amsterdam Brewing Co. and gourmet coffee brand, Jacked Up Coffee. The 23,000 sq. ft. grocery location features a grocerant-type space with seating for 150 people. The locale is also a Grocery Gateway same-day pickup spot. The location manages to blend the feel of a trendy urban restaurant with that of a sports bar. Alongside the brewery bar is a European style “Salumi and Formaggi” offering and a large television screen. Longo’s “Corks Beer and Wine” will also be serving up specialty wine and prosecco cocktails to guests.


  4. Nations Experience Stockyards – Opened in November 2017, the 155,000 sq. ft. space (once occupied by Target) is the grocer’s fourth store in the province and by far its largest – the other three locations are in the 55,000 sq. ft. range. The additional space at the Toronto flagship location accommodates a state-of-the-art arcade, party rooms and an indoor playground, and helps bring the grocer’s ‘foodertainment’ vision to life. Nations is known for offering ethnically diverse foods. Its stores include an eastern kitchen, western kitchen, pasta bar, large salad bar, sandwich counter, coffee counter, pizza and panini station and a fresh (never frozen) burger offering.