Would people have preferred another chain to replace the Blockbuster store.

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Some people in the community are not too happily that Dollarama is moving into one of the largest if not the largest retail space on the strip.

The store is also located at one if the prime inspections on the strip at Dundas St. W. and Mavety St.

The blog wonders if people would  have preferred another discounter like the electronics one that just open west of Korean retail district on Bloor St. W. (pictured below)

Or would a express version of one the major supermarket chains be the most wanted possible retailer. A Sobeys express? Roncy has one.

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  1. AJ says:

    I can bet that more than half of the people reading this blog have shopped at Walmart. I bet a huge percentage of you have gone in there at least once in the last year because you just had to, because you knew Walmart was going to have what you needed, what you WANTED. Well, I tell you I have never been into this Walmart. Yes, I have been into a Walmart. I am no saint. But when I discovered their unethical business and employment practices, when I learned that their employees get fired just for closing their eyes too fast when being addressed by a manager. When I learned that each and every employee gets paid the same paltry minimum wage despite level of experience or hours worked, I stopped. I just cannot do it. I am no unionist, so don’t think this is some kind of pro-union tirade. Walmart sucks. As an employer, as a store and as a community participant.

    Dollarama is a Canadian chain, headquartered in Montreal. They have an ethical business model with a focus on what they can bring to a community. Let’s get real here. Just because a store is small and singular and owned and operated by the guy down the street, doesn’t mean he treats his staff or customers any better than the big guys. There is a local coffee shop, who I have approached 3 years running to support a local school’s fundraiser. 3 years in a row he never got back to me. I know for a fact Dollarama will support us because I have gotten donations from the store at Dupont and Lansdowne.

    What do you want in that space? Another cafe serving mediocre coffee and scones and muffins, but only until noon when they run out and all you can get is crap coffee and attitude from some hipster 20-something who is doing you a big favour by making a you a $5 cappuccino?

    Dollarama? Bring it on!

    • junctioneer says: (Author)

      Just because a store is small and singular and owned and operated by the guy down the street, doesn’t mean he treats his staff or customers any better than the big guys. There is a local coffee shop, who I have approached 3 years running to support a local school’s fundraiser. 3 years in a row he never got back to me. I know for a fact Dollarama will support us because I have gotten donations from the store at Dupont and Lansdowne.

      The blog agrees companies such as Dollarama and car dealerships (why them) are much easier to get funds from for community events.

      Another cafe serving mediocre coffee and scones and muffins, but only until noon when they run out and all you can get is crap coffee and attitude from some hipster 20-something who is doing you a big favour by making a you a $5 cappuccino?

      Yes! why is it that local food establishments regularity run out of stock during the day. once or twice but then some planning is in order.

  2. Raymond says:

    Redundant post. It is a done deal. Get over it. Dollarama can hold their own against WalMart. I agree with AJ and I do not shop at WalMart either due to their business ethics especially the way they treat employees.

  3. Andrew says:

    It beats an empty Blockbuster frontage though, no matter your feelings about the chain.

    • junctioneer says: (Author)

      Its so strange The Dollarama situation, they are a well run company, – Canadian- I shop there – the mouse pad I use with working on this blog is from Dollarama. As a retailer they are good and we are all fully aware as they must that many of the goods they sell from China and that we buy are subsidized by the China working people.

      With this store opening and the one coming to the new mall being built at the old stockyards we will have three within walking distance.

  4. Raymond says:

    @junctioneer: With this store opening and the one coming to the new mall being built at the old stockyards we will have three within walking distance.

    Four, if you count the one at Crosssways at Dundas & Bloor! Or, is it the one near MallWart at St.Clair and Runnymede?

  5. Sam says:

    I’ll definitely be using the Dollarama. As a teacher, I sometimes depend on that place to purchase necessary supplies for my students without spending a fortune.

  6. Tedra says:

    I would have loved a nice wine store featuring Ontario wines, to go with our cheese shop, organic produce, etc.

  7. Sam says:

    Wine Rack, or The Wine Shop like the one located in Bloor West Village would compliment the Junction strip nicely. Surprised this hasn’t happened yet.

    Also, I noticed the big yellow Dollarama sign is making its way up today.

  8. smodes says:

    Junction hit a new low today…Kangaroo mascot branded by “Cash Money” waving to passing by cars at the corner of Keele/Dundas…Yuck.

    • junctioneer says: (Author)

      The Cash stores are really confusing, even in the Junction lowest economic era there were none locally. Thinking … Was that because they did not exist during those years?

      Just looked it up, Money Mart is a financial services company established in 1972. So they were around in the – low economically Junction(s) era.

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