From Chops to Shops
The province’s former meat packing district is now the city’s newest retail hub. Located northwest of the downtown core in The Junction neighbouhood at St. Clair Avenue and Weston Road South is The Stockyards shopping centre, a 554,000-square-foot plaza with a collection of big box stores more typically found in the suburbs. Until the early 1990s, the area was known as the Ontario Stockyards and was home to the country’s largest livestock market, which contributed to the city’s “Hogtown” nickname. A massive renovation has transformed the district into an urban market that’s home to Canada’s first new-build Target, as well as discount emporiums Winners (page 50) and Homesense (pictured; page 50), The Children’s Place (page 48), Old Navy and Linen Chest among others. Open daily. 30 Weston Rd., 416-760-8181; shopstockyards.com.