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Rexdale Plaza

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There's never a shortage of vintage Rexdale Plaza photos.

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Rexdale Plaza looking south along Islington Ave. To the left, you can see Dominion. To the right is Rexdale Boulevard (complete with sign
and a Bus Stop).

Next up is a TTC map of the surrounding area from 1958.

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For lovers of vintage cars, this next shot shows an open field to the left where Rexdale Plaza would be built in 1956.

By 1957, semi-detached homes would be added in the distance along Allenby Road.
 

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Today's amazing aerial shot was submitted by Eugenio Arcilesi of the Rexdale - Old Photos facebook group.

A.) Rexdale Plaza - which wouldn't be enclosed until 1972.

B.) What still appears to be farmland in front of Simpsons-Sears. Would become the Sears parking lot in the years to come.

C.) Soon to be redeveloped from farm houses into the Rexdale Mews.

D.) Bergamot dr. heading towards Islington ave.

E.) This area would eventually make way for the International Muslim Organization decades later.

F.) Kipling ave.

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The current state of the former Sears Outlet close to Rexdale Plaza:



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Redevelopment is underway. At the intersection of Bergamot Dr. and Rexdale Boulevard.

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Rubble piles and construction equipment aplenty.

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No, it's not Egypt. Viewed along Rexdale Blvd. heading towards Islington Ave.

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Looking back towards Bergamot Dr. via Rexdale Blvd.

The iconic Sears water tower was dismantled three years ago. In the distance is another abandoned water tower that was owned by Steinberg's,

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Over where the warehouse and mechanic portions of Sears used to exist. Rexdale Blvd. with Rexdale Plaza and Islington Ave. (not pictured)
to the left.

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Heading towards Islington Ave.

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I always found accessing Sears via Islington rather cumbersome.

All photos taken by me yesterday.

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The perfect album cover for a Punk Rock band? Turning back towards Bergamot Dr. on the right.
 

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More vintage Rexdale Plaza memories:

For the first store inventory, Rexdale Plaza was oddly listed as "Rexdale Shopping Centre". This listing is from 1969:
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Next up is an aerial view of the Nearby Red Barn restaurant. Judging by the aerial view, I'd say Rexdale Plaza is on the right,
Islington is running N to S and the old Sears Warehouse is towards the bottom left corner:

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All photos submitted by Eugenio Arcilesi at the Vintage Rexdale Facebook group.
 
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The vintage memories continue with another celebrity spotted at the Rexdale Plaza.

Twitter user Erin Zabukovec is seen pictured here with the late Ernie Coombs (best known for starring in the Children's Television
show "Mr. Dressup") at the Rexdale Plaza.

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Across the street from the Rexdale Mall, land development continues at the old Sears Warehouse location:

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Photo by: Diane Sammut Hamlett

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Photo by: Eugenio Arcilesi

Alongside a Coscto warehouse, a Canadian Tire and an LCBO (which follows the last opening at Queens Plate and Highway 27)
are also planned to be added. From north of Costco, the Walmart portion of Rexdale Mall can be seen in the top left corner.

Some residents feel the inclusion of these new stores next to the Rexdale Mall are an eyesore for the area. Others praise the soon-to-be job
openings these new stores will create as a positive.
 

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In the 60's and 70's, one of the most popular shops in the Rexdale Plaza was Surdin's Photo Centre.
Besides selling camera equipment, shoppers could also have their photos enlarged, developed and talk shop with the friendly staff.

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Photos by: Lynn O'Brien & Elaine Hodgson Cooper with additional info by Lorna Westhouse Adams..

Customers would get free album sheets with every roll of film developed; which could be placed in a Surdin's photo album (sold separately).
Talk about clever marketing!
 
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