Upscale Italian food merchant Eataly opened its massive three-floor ‘grocerant’ in downtown Toronto to the public on Wednesday.
Galen Weston, executive chairman of Loblaw Companies Limited, was on hand to cut the “ribbon” – a giant piece of pasta – with the help of Toronto Mayor John Tory, Tony Grossi of Wittington Properties, Italy Consul General Eugenio Sgr and Eataly CEO Nicola Farinetti. The Globe and Mail has reported that the Weston family has an interest in the Eataly Canadian operation through Wittington Properties, which is its real estate arm.
The three-floor, 50,000 sq. ft. location was formally opened to the public at 5 p.m. following the pasta-cutting.
Grocery Business was part of a special preview tour of the new store a couple of weeks before the formal opening and got a chance to speak with Nicola Farinetti for his perspective on Eataly’s impressive entry into the Canadian market. Look for more on that in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, check out the Toronto Sun coverage of the opening here.