Well, I wish it were more conveniently located for me -- and I have wheels. I'd be all over it if it were. From my POV, the only people who would get much out of it are drivers who pass it en route, especially at dinner time from downtown. I suspect that many Leslieville types, especially the condo folks, don't have cars. One nice thing about Canadian Tire that works for non-drivers is that you can walk your dog, killing two birds with one stone, and bring it into the store. I can't see that happening here and I'b be concerned leaving my dog tied up and unattended in the middle of a parking lot where a fast getaway by a thief is possible.
I don't know. I live just north of the Danforth, a few blocks west of Pape, and I don't find that centre inconvenient. It's my Canadian Tire of choice, for those times I do go to Canadian Tire. It's not that much of a walk from large swathes of Riverside and Leslieville, but then I am a walker so perhaps I am willing to walk further than a number of folks.
Farm Boy is, unfortunately, a suburban retailer. Surprised they are even venturing this close to central Toronto before first populating more of the suburbs with stores. This is their model. They are tipping their toes in the water with more urban format stores, with their first being a small store in the Rideau Centre in Ottawa, but it will be awhile before we see a Farm Boy on, say, the Danforth. Sadly. (I would have loved a Farm Boy at that old car dealership site on Broadview, as unrealistic a hope as that is).
By law, I don't think Farm Boy can allow dogs (other than service dogs). But I agree with you about leaving a dog tied up and unattended. I can't believe some people still do that in this day and age.