Loblaw warehouse to become massive store, condo development

An historic but crumbling warehouse at Bathurst and Lakeshore that was once head office of Loblaw Companies will be restored to its “original glory” during a redevelopment project unveiled Wednesday.

Building at Bathurst and Lakeshore declared a heritage property in 2001

The old Loblaws warehouse at Lake Shore and Bathurst will be turned into a condo complex in the coming years. 2:57

An historic but crumbling warehouse at Bathurst Street and Lakeshore Boulevard that was once home to Loblaw Companies head office will be restored to its "original glory" during a massive redevelopment project that was unveiled Wednesday.

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust and Wittington Properties Limited announced its plans to redevelop the crumbling building, which sits on 3.5 acres of land at the northeast corner of Lakeshore and Bathurst.

The mixed-use site will include seven storeys of retail and office space totaling 245,000 square feet, including a 50,000 square foot Loblaws store, as well as two condominium towers: one at 37 storeys and another at 41 storeys.

The building dates back to 1928, and its 100,000 bricks will be removed, cleaned and catalogued so they can be reused in the reconstruction.
The redevelopment of the former Loblaw head office and warehouse will be completed by the spring of 2019, and will include 245,000 square feet of retail and office space.

"With respect for the historical nature of the site, we are dismantling a heritage designated building brick by brick, stone by stone," Choice Properties CEO John Morrison told reporters Wednesday morning.

The project, named the West Block, is scheduled to be completed by spring 2019.

The building served as head office and warehouse for Loblaw from 1928 until the 1970s. It was also once home to the Daily Bread Food Bank's warehouse and distribution centre, but the organization relocated in 2000.

The building was declared a heritage property in 2001.


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