Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders


2007/09/18 Toronto Portlands: Chinese supermarket, Cirque du Soleil

Posted on September 18, 2007 by daviding

Living in South Riverdale in Toronto, there’s not much of the city south of us. Between our home and Lake Ontario, there’s the Port Lands — an industrial area gradually being taken over by movie production. Since I hadn’t been around Toronto for much of the summer, I hopped on my bike just to see what’s new. The first big change was the opening, on Cherry Street, of a T&T Supermarket: a branch of the upscale, full-service chain originally in Vancouver area, with some branches up in the northern suburbs of Richmond Hill and Markham.

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I used to shop in this location when the store was a Knob Hill Farms. That was a downscale warehouse experience, with lots of European imports and low prices. The T&T store was a complete renovation of the building, and it’s well lit, with extensive services of take-out food (dim sum and sushi), a bakery, and tanks of live fish.

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In a strange juxtaposition across the street, the tents of a touring show of Cirque du SoleilKooza — were visible.

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The real estate in downtown Toronto is relatively expensive, so having the Port Lands near the waterfront represents a cheap opportunity for businesses. The area doesn’t have much activity in the evening, and the light traffic in the daytime is mostly heavy trucks.

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