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

1966/72 - Stollery's at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest
1966/72 – Stollery’s at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 124, File 2, ID 109)

Stollery’s was located at 1 Bloor St W on the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor Sts in downtown 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 which was financed by his father. Mr Stollery was involved in local politics as a young man and in the early 1920’s, he was elected senior alderman for Ward 3.

Stollery Haberdasher

1928 - Construction at Stollery's and a note with the photo saying the property directly south was "sold to Stollery for $400,000"
1928 – Construction at Stollery’s and a note with the photo saying 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 the most expensive pieces of land in Canada. In a 1928 vintage photo shown 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 sold 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. A third storey with a glass-facade was added in the mid 1980’s. At the height of its business, the shop employed 100 people, selling both men’s and women’s clothing.

The Property Today

2018 - Artist rendering of future The One (One Bloor West)
2018 – Artist rendering of future The One (One Bloor West)

The store closed in 2015 and after 114 years in 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 architectural design firm of 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

1912 - Stollery's at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest
1912 – Stollery’s at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 1691)
1922 - Policeman in a fur busby directs traffic at Yonge and Bloor Sts in front of Stollery's, Humphrey gas arc lamps extending from the windows
1922 – Policeman in a fur busby directs traffic at Yonge and Bloor Sts in front of Stollery’s, Humphrey gas arc lamps extending from the windows (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1034, Item 816)
1923 - Policeman directing traffic at Yonge and Bloor Sts in front of Stollery's
1923 – Policeman directing traffic at Yonge and Bloor Sts in front of Stollery’s (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 2089)
1928 - Construction at Stollery's and a note with the photo saying the property directly south was "sold to Stollery for $400,000"
1928 – Construction at Stollery’s and a note with the photo saying the property directly south was “sold to Stollery for $400,000” (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 7393)
1930/35 - Frank Stollery shop and rooftop illuminated sign at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest
1930/35 – Frank Stollery shop and rooftop illuminated sign at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 4236)
1930/35 - Stollery's and "Frank Stollery Store for Men" rooftop illuminated sign at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest
1930/35 – Stollery’s and “Frank Stollery Store for Men” rooftop illuminated sign at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 3426)
1936 - Stollery's at Bloor and Yonge Sts, looking east
1936 – Stollery’s at Bloor and Yonge Sts, looking east (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1488, Series 1230, Item 4841)
1953 - Looking south from Yonge and Bloor Sts, Stollery's is on the right
1953 – Looking south from Yonge and Bloor Sts, Stollery’s is on the right (Toronto Public Library r-4062)
1966/72 - Stollery's at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest
1966/72 – Stollery’s at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 124, File 2, ID 109)
1981 - Stollery's, looking east on Bloor St W towards Yonge St
1981 – Stollery’s, looking east on Bloor St W towards Yonge St (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 124, File 8, ID 138)
1980's - Stollery's at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest
1980’s – Stollery’s at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 614, Item 25)
2007 - Stollery's, Sunrise Records and Burgundy's at Yonge and Bloor Sts, southwest corner
2007 – Stollery’s, Sunrise Records and Burgundy’s at Yonge and Bloor Sts, southwest corner (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1581, Series 2196, Item 3, Peter MacCallum – photographer)
2007 - City Optical and Stollery's at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking south
2007 – City Optical and Stollery’s at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking south (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1581, Series 2196, Item 1, Peter MacCallum – photographer)
2009 - Stollery's at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest
2009 – Stollery’s at Yonge and Bloor Sts, looking southwest (Google Maps)
2018 - Artist rendering of future The One (One Bloor West)
2018 – Artist rendering of future The One (One Bloor West)
2021 - Construction of The One on the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor Sts, the corner that Stollery's once occupied
2021 – Construction of The One on the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor Sts, the corner that Stollery’s once occupied
1987/91 - Frank Stollery Parkette at Davenport Rd, Yonge and Scollard Sts, looking west
1987/91 – Frank Stollery Parkette at Davenport Rd, Yonge and Scollard Sts, looking west (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 518, Item 11)
2020 - Frank Stollery Parkette at 1 Davenport Rd
2020 – Frank Stollery Parkette at 1 Davenport Rd
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