Stollery’s – Iconic Menswear Store Once on Canada’s Most Desired Corner

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February 1971 – Looking southwest toward Stollery's Menswear at Yonge St and Bloor St with the Uptown theatre in the background
February 1971 – Looking southwest toward Stollery’s Menswear at Yonge St and Bloor St with the Uptown theatre in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 124, File 2, ID 109)

Stollery’s was once located at Bloor St W and Yonge St (on the southwest corner) in the Bay-Cloverhill and Yorkville neighbourhoods of Toronto.

Frank Stollery & His Haberdashery

Born in Yorkville in 1879, Frank Stollery quit school in his mid-teens to learn how to cut shirts and ties. When he reached the age of 20, he was already a foreman at a Montreal clothing company. He then spent a year in the Royal Canadian Regiment and later returned to Toronto to open a haberdashery financed by his father. Mr Stollery was involved in local politics as a young man, and in the early 1920s, he was elected senior alderman for Ward 3.

Stollery Haberdasher

1928 - Looking towards the construction of Stollery's Menswear at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. A note with the photo says the property directly south was "sold to Stollery for $400,000"
1928 – Looking towards the construction of Stollery’s Menswear at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. A note with the photo says the property directly south was “sold to Stollery for $400,000” (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 7393)

In 1901, the original shop was on Yonge St, south of Bloor St. A few years later, Stollery Haberdasher moved to the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor Sts, just north of the Uptown Theatre. Today, it’s one of Canada’s most expensive pieces of land. In a 1928 vintage photo below, Mr Stollery purchased the building next to his store. A note with that photo mentioned that he paid $400,000 for the property. He merged it into his existing renovated store.

The Store After Mr Stollery

Mr Stollery remained in the business until 1968, when he sold 50% of his shares to his son, Arthur, and his other half to Ed Whaley. Mr Whaley and his family ran the day-to-day operations of Stollery’s while Arthur was a silent partner. Frank Stollery passed away in 1971. The third storey with a glass facade was added in the mid-1980s. At the height of its business, the shop employed 100 people, selling both men’s and women’s clothing.

The Property Today

May 25, 2023 - Stollery's Menswear once occupied the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. Today, The One condo tower is being constructed at the site
May 25, 2023 – Stollery’s Menswear once occupied the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. Today, The One condo tower is being constructed at the site

The store closed in 2015, and after 114 years of business, the building was demolished. “The One” will be an 85-storey exoskeleton hybrid luxury condo, hotel, retail tower and the tallest building in Canada. It’s designed by the architectural design firm Foster + Partners, based in London, England. It’s expected to be completed in 2023.

There’s a parkette named after Frank Stollery at Davenport Rd, Yonge and Scollard Sts.

Stollery’s Photos

January 31, 1912 - Looking towards Stollery's Menswear at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W
January 31, 1912 – Looking towards Stollery’s Menswear at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 1691)
Circa 1922 - A policeman in a fur busby hat directs traffic at Yonge St  and Bloor St W in front of Stollery's Menswear. Notice the Humphrey gas arc lamps extending from the windows
Circa 1922 – A policeman in a fur busby hat directs traffic at Yonge St and Bloor St W in front of Stollery’s Menswear. Notice the Humphrey gas arc lamps extending from the windows (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1034, Item 816)
December 11, 1923 - Policeman directing traffic at Yonge St and Bloor St in front of Stollery's Menswear
December 11, 1923 – Policeman directing traffic at Yonge St and Bloor St in front of Stollery’s Menswear (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 2089)
1928 - Looking towards the construction of Stollery's Menswear at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. A note with the photo says the property directly south was "sold to Stollery for $400,000"
1928 – Looking towards the construction of Stollery’s Menswear at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. A note with the photo says the property directly south was “sold to Stollery for $400,000” (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 7393)
September 19, 1929 - Looking south down Yonge St from Bloor St with Stollery's Menswear on the right corner
September 19, 1929 – Looking south down Yonge St from Bloor St with Stollery’s Menswear on the right corner (Library and Archives Canada PA-3654583)
Circa 1930 – The rooftop electric sign reads: "Frank Stollery Store for Men" at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. Notice the two billboards - one on the side of a building "Willys-Knight Great Six Motor Cars," and the other on the rooftop "Hunt's Limited Candies and Ice Cream"
Circa 1930 – The rooftop electric sign reads: “Frank Stollery Store for Men” at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. Notice the two billboards – one on the side of a building “Willys-Knight Great Six Motor Cars,” and the other on the rooftop “Hunt’s Limited Candies and Ice Cream” (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 3426)
Between 1930 and 1935 – The rooftop Illuminating sign at Stollery's Menswear at Yonge St and Bloor St W
Between 1930 and 1935 – The rooftop Illuminating sign at Stollery’s Menswear at Yonge St and Bloor St W (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 4236)
1936 - Looking east along Bloor St from west of Yonge St with Stollery's Menswear in the right foreground and St Andrew's United Church tower in the background
1936 – Looking east along Bloor St from west of Yonge St with Stollery’s Menswear in the right foreground and St Andrew’s United Church tower in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 4841)
1953 - Looking south down Yonge St from Bloor St with Frank Stollery's Menswear store on the right
1953 – Looking south down Yonge St from Bloor St with Frank Stollery’s Menswear store on the right (Toronto Public Library R-4062)
February 1971 – Looking southwest toward Stollery's Menswear at Yonge St and Bloor St with the Uptown theatre in the background
February 1971 – Looking southwest toward Stollery’s Menswear at Yonge St and Bloor St with the Uptown theatre in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 124, File 2, ID 109)
June 5, 1981 - - Looking east along Bloor St from west of Yonge St with Stollery's Menswear in the right foreground (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 124, File 8, ID 138)
June 5, 1981 – – Looking east along Bloor St from west of Yonge St with Stollery’s Menswear in the right foreground (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 124, File 8, ID 138)
Between 1979 and 1981 – Looking southeast down Yonge St from Bloor St, notice Stollery's Menswear in the right foreground and the Uptown Theatre in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 614, Item 25)
Between 1979 and 1981 – Looking southeast down Yonge St from Bloor St, notice Stollery’s Menswear in the right foreground and the Uptown Theatre in the background (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 614, Item 25)
Between 1985 and 1990 – Stollery's at the southwest corner of Yonge St  and Bloor St W
Between 1985 and 1990 – Stollery’s at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 685, Item 36)
2007 – Looking west on Yonge St just south of Bloor St towards Stollery's Menswear, Sunrise Records and Burgundy's Bar & Eatery
2007 – Looking west on Yonge St just south of Bloor St towards Stollery’s Menswear, Sunrise Records and Burgundy’s Bar & Eatery (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1581, Series 2196, Item 3, Peter MacCallum – photographer)
2007 – Looking south down Yonge St from Bloor St, notice Stollery's Menswear on the right and City Optical on the left
2007 – Looking south down Yonge St from Bloor St, notice Stollery’s Menswear on the right and City Optical on the left (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1581, Series 2196, Item 1, Peter MacCallum – photographer)
May 2013 – Looking southwest towards Stollery's Menswear at the corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W
May 2013 – Looking southwest towards Stollery’s Menswear at the corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W (Google Maps)
2018 - Artist rendering of the future The One
2018 – Artist rendering of the future The One (One Bloor West)
2021 - Construction of The One on the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W, the corner that Stollery's Menswear once occupied
2021 – Construction of The One on the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W, the corner that Stollery’s Menswear once occupied
December 4, 2022 - Stollery's Menswear once occupied the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. Today, The One condo tower is being constructed at the site
December 4, 2022 – Stollery’s Menswear once occupied the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. Today, The One condo tower is being constructed at the site
May 25, 2023 - Stollery's Menswear once occupied the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. Today, The One condo tower is being constructed at the site
May 25, 2023 – Stollery’s Menswear once occupied the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W. Today, The One condo tower is being constructed at the site
April 21, 2024 - The One Condo tower is being constructed at the site of Stollery's, which once occupied the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W
April 21, 2024 – The One Condo tower is being constructed at the site of Stollery’s, which once occupied the southwest corner of Yonge St and Bloor St W
Between 1987 and 1991 – The Frank Stollery Parkette at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Davenport Rd
Between 1987 and 1991 – The Frank Stollery Parkette at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Davenport Rd (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 518, Item 11)
June 13, 2020 - The Frank Stollery Parkette is located on the west side of Yonge St between Scollard St and Davenport Rd
June 13, 2020 – The Frank Stollery Parkette is located on the west side of Yonge St between Scollard St and Davenport Rd
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