Comment 74249

By Chevron (anonymous) | Posted February 12, 2012 at 07:16:11 in reply to Comment 74005

There used to be a Loblaws or IGA on the lower level of 110 Main East, but it closed in the late '90s.

On the street level of the building directly to the west, the Connaught, there used to be a 24-Hour restaurant. It also closed in the late '90s.

On the street level of the building directly to the south of that, there used to be another 24-hour restaurant. It also closed in the late '90s.

All of this despite having some of the highest population density in the downtown essentially right on top of those sites (43 storeys residential at 100 Main East, 15 storeys residential at 115 Main East, 15 storeys office space at 110 Main East).

IMHO, there are no easy remedies to this situation. Downtown real estate is sufficiently valuable that building a supermarket there will be expensive, and the downtown population is evidently diffuse enough to make recouping any such investment a challenge.


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