Loblaw Groceterias Company Limited in 1929 & 2023

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Looking towards the Loblaw Groceterias Company Limited building at the northeast corner of Lake Shore Blvd W and Bathurst St, in the CityPlace neighbourhood of Toronto.

The 4-storey, Art Deco style building was constructed between 1927 and 1928, serving as the grocery chain’s warehouse and head office. It was designed by architects Sparling, Martin and Forbes and was one of the first structures in Toronto built on land reclaimed from Lake Ontario.

The most modern facility of its time, there were ovens that baked a ton of cake and a half-ton of cookies daily, six huge freight elevators, an overhead electric tram railway and pneumatic tubes that carried messages to the various departments. Loblaw’s specialty brands, including coffee, tea, candy and meats, were also manufactured and packaged there.

Today, the heritage-designated building is home to a Loblaws grocery store along with other retail stores operated by the company. Notice the CN Tower in the background.

January 21, 1929/2023 – Looking towards the Loblaw Groceterias Company Limited building at the northeast corner of Lake Shore Blvd W and Bathurst St, in the CityPlace neighbourhood of Toronto. 

The 4-storey, Art Deco style building was constructed between 1927 and 1928, serving as the grocery chain's warehouse and head office. It was designed by architects Sparling, Martin and Forbes and was one of the first structures in Toronto built on land reclaimed from Lake Ontario. The most modern facility of its time, there were ovens that baked a ton of cake and a half-ton of cookies daily, six huge freight elevators, an overhead electric tram railway and pneumatic tubes that carried messages to the various departments. Loblaw's specialty brands, including coffee, tea, candy and meats, were also manufactured and packaged there. 

The Loblaw Groceterias Company Limited was established by Theodore P Loblaw and Milton Cork at the turn of the 20th century and operated initially under the "T. P. Loblaw" name. The pair operated several self-serve cash-and-carry grocery stores throughout Ontario and beyond. In 1929, the company was sold to Dominion Stores. By the early 1950s, George Weston Limited had a controlling interest in the Loblaw company. 

Today, the heritage-designated building is home to a Loblaws grocery store along with other retail stores operated by the company. Notice the CN Tower in the background.
January 21, 1929/2023 – Looking towards the Loblaw Groceterias Company Limited building at the northeast corner of Lake Shore Blvd W and Bathurst St, in the CityPlace neighbourhood of Toronto (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Item 15571)
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