(Source: Financial Post)

Major grocers are stepping out of suburbia and into Toronto’s downtown core, tweaking their big-box concepts to fit a high-density area born from the recent boom in condominium development.

In the past three weeks alone, Sobeys and Longo’s have opened “baby-box stores,” quenching a market once thirsty for convenient options aside from the ubiquitous Rabba and Kitchen Table.

Sobeys’ new Spadina Avenue and Bremner Street location — a 20,000-square-foot outlet under the brand Urban Fresh — is the fourth downtown store the retailer has opened in the past 18 months, affirming that downtown Toronto is the new hot spot in grocery retailing.

Read Kathryn Blaze Carlson’s full article “Grocers go urban” in the Financial Post (July 8, 2009).

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