A 5,000 square foot McEwan grocery store will open on the concourse level of Downtown Toronto's TD Centre. The relatively small location will primarily feature ready-made food and beverages, unlike its more comprehensive 20,000 square foot suburban Toronto store. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2015, the grocer will be located across from Mark McEwan's well-known restaurant, Bymark.
McEwan's first grocery store opened at the Shops at Don Mills in the summer of 2009. Mr. McEwan is a TV personality and is known as being one of Canada's top chefs. He operates four restaurants, a catering business and, soon, a second grocery store location.
Besides carrying a limited selection of grocery items, the store will feature a coffee bar service and prepared foods, as well as a focus on fresh sandwiches, salads and sides. It will also include "a kitchen serving up daily fresh offerings", according to company spokesperson Jordie McTavish. Ms. McTavish indicates that a second Downtown Toronto McEwan grocery store is also in the works.
In early 2014, Mark McEwan indicated that he would open a Downtown Toronto grocery store location. Rumours of its possible location subsequently persisted, including it possibly replacing the scrapped 9,000 square foot Loblaw-owned Nutshell grocery store at 500 King Street West.
Source: bAuHaUs, Urban Toronto.