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Loblaw opens historic West Block site in Toronto

lclhero_1599742346448-hr-2903868Loblaw opens historic West Block building in Toronto


Once home to the first Loblaw Groceterias Warehouse, Loblaw has opened the historic West Block building, a mixed-use community that features a Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, a new Joe Fresh flagship, five floors of office space and two residential condo towers.

The five storeys of office space will house 1,000 Loblaw employees, along with its tech group, Optimum loyalty program and PC Financial.

“The reopening of the West Block building is an important milestone in Loblaw’s history, and a cornerstone of our future,” says Sarah Davis, president, Loblaw. “The building is an architectural representation of our company, and our role as an ongoing retail innovator. It brings together our century-long story, combining convenient bricks-and-mortar store locations and the new hub of our digital, loyalty and financial services teams.”

With a combined investment of more than $400 million, West Block boasts an elevated grocery experience in Loblaws, the convenience and luxury of Shoppers Drug Mart, and the latest in affordable fashion at Joe Fresh. Owned and managed by Choice Properties REIT, it also features five floors of office space, two residential condo towers, and a modern courtyard for community events.

West Block was rebuilt brick by brick, with each stone replaced in the same original location. A number of historical artefacts remain in the building, including wood salvaged from the old Queen’s Wharf, and support columns from the Gardiner Expressway in the parking garage.

Grocery Business visited the site on opening day.

 west_facing_side_of_the_building-8146326West facing side of the building

building_entrance-3356822Building entrance

welcome_to_loblaw_groceterias-6937222Welcome to Loblaw Groceterias

front_entrance_signage-9303191Front entrance signage

a-_greg_ramier_galen_weston_and_sarah_davis_at_the_opening_of_the_loblaw_west_block_flagship_store-9805039From left: Greg Ramier, Galen Weston and Sarah Davis at the opening of the Loblaw West Block flagship store

produce-8496712Produce at the Loblaws store

screen_shot_2020-09-11_at_12-01-21_pm-8039028Shopping the aisles at Loblaws at West Block

screen_shot_2020-09-11_at_12-01-33_pm-9553974Loblaws new West Block store


flower_power-2509525Flower power

fabulous_florals-9019239Fabulous Florals


screen_shot_2020-09-11_at_12-58-27_pm-2752151Pane Fresco


historical_photo_of_the_property-7278134Historical photo of the property

lining_up_at_the_receiving_bay-3239131Lining up at the receiving bay

opening_day_selfie_wall_of_cake_moulds-7957753Opening Day selfie wall of cake moulds





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