From Chops to Shops

Where Toronto - - Shops + Services Yshops + Services Y - —Linda Luong

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.

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