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Canada: Gerrard-Coxwell No Frills remains shuttered year after abruptly closing

Canada: Gerrard-Coxwell No Frills remains shuttered year after abruptly closing

Mayo 19, 2017

Autor/Fuente: Joanna Lavoie / Inside Toronto 👤Periodista: María Alejandra Lopez 🕔19.May 2017

 

It’s been just over a year since Rocca’s No Frills at Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street East abruptly closed its doors.

On the morning of May 11, 2016, a note was posted in the front and rear windows of the busy supermarket advising customers their local grocery store was closed for renovations and would reopen as soon as possible.

Before long, dozens of shoppers took to social media to share their thoughts and express frustration. Others spoke about the serious need for renovations to the building and speculated on the future of the valuable east-end property.

Those who worked at the store also received no notice. Staff members showed up for work on that May day to find out their place of employment was closed effective immediately.

In the days following the closure, Loblaws started running a shuttle bus to the Dave and Charlotte’s No Frills store at 449 Carlaw Ave., just north of Gerard Street East. That store is about two kilometres away. The company said the shuttle, which is in operation daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., every 15 minutes, with no service between noon and 1 p.m., would remain in place until the Rocca’s reopens.

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A timeline for the renovations, which began earlier this year, and a reopening date have yet to be announced.

At this time, Loblaw Companies Ltd. said it does not have “anything new to share” about the renovation.

“We understand the important role our No Frills stores and their owners play in their communities, as evident by the extremely strong customer response to the reopening of Vi’s No Frills last month. Please be assured that we are working diligently to complete the construction as soon as possible,” said Kevin Groh, Loblaws’ vice-president of corporate affairs and communication, in a statement.

Shortly after the closure, Groh said they didn’t want to close the store, but the building is very old and repairs were “unavoidable.”

Groh also vowed to do “everything possible” to provide employment opportunities at other No Frills stores as well as financial support. Loblaws said it also intends to welcome back all staff members at Rocca’s once the store reopens.

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