Farm Boy must be doing something right, i have visited five different locations and the stores were packed. I don't mind their stuff, good quality without breaking the bank. Another thing i like, the stores are not in large sprawling buildings, everything is well laid out, so you can be in and out in under 15 - 20 mins. I hope Sobey's doesn't ruin a good thing.
There are things they do right, and you just highlighted one. They don't carry anything that isn't edible. No tissue products, no baby clothes, pots/pans or seasonal decorations, only food.
That, right there, allows for a much more compact footprint.
Additionally, I would highlight their selection of sausages in store.....something like a dozen varieties, including hard-to-find in the GTA, Andouille , along w/Sriracha sausage, Oktoberfest (mustard/beer), Chipotle and many more.
They have a good assortment of their own line of deli meats, including Mesquite Pork.
They have an above average selection of fresh herbs that notably includes Thai Basil.
Their meals-to-go stuff is uneven in quality, as I noted above.......but it's diverse, well priced and sometimes quite decent; definitely better than most of its competitors.
Sharing this post from the Minto Westside forum about a Farm Boy opening at Bathurst and Front. I haven't heard any target dates for opening, but this will be a great addition to the area.
From the Gardiner, the condo looks quite nice too. I'm not too worried about surrounding area. The city changes so fast now.urbantoronto.ca
Farm Boy press release from December 10 - the Dupont/Christie location is confirmed, but won't open till...2021. ?
Farm Boy announced that it will bring its popular fresh-market shopping experience to more Ontario communities in the GTA, Niagara and Ottawa areas.www.farmboy.ca
The other locations will be in 2020 - College Park, Yonge & ~Eg and outside Kipling station (which is a complete cluster at the moment).
If they don't muck it up.......look for the Quebec chain Avril to make it to the GTA in the next few years; they have some really neat innovations going on in their stores, including full restaurants and growing their own herbs and microgreens on site.