Loblaw opens historic West Block building in TorontoLoblaw 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 buildingWest facing side of the building

Building entranceBuilding entrance

Welcome to Loblaw GroceteriasWelcome to Loblaw Groceterias

Front entrance signageFront entrance signage

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

Produce at the Loblaws storeProduce at the Loblaws store

Screen Shot 2020 09 11 at 12.01.21 PMShopping the aisles at Loblaws at West Block

Loblaws new West Block storeLoblaws new West Block store

Loblaws interior

Flower powerFlower power

Fabulous FloralsFabulous Florals

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Pane FrescoPane Fresco

Retail lobby

Historical photo of the propertyHistorical photo of the property

Lining up at the receiving bayLining up at the receiving bay

Opening Day selfie wall of cake mouldsOpening Day selfie wall of cake moulds

PromenadePromenade

 

 

 

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