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.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.
Farm Boy is doing something right, agree with both of you. What I quite like is the meals to go stuff, mainly because of how big they have it. The rest of store is okay, but I quite like the meals to go stuff the most...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.
A corner once destined to be Whole Foods.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
I wonder if the College Park location will simply be Sobey's rebranded.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).
Just saw this post. Avril is based in Granby, my hometown in Québec, and last time I was there I was floored that a city of 67,000 people could get something that we really don't have under the same roof in Toronto. I sure hope they expand in Ontario.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.