New retail development rises on former industrial site.
Driving past the corner of Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West you see a new retail centre rising from the site of a former abattoir. The area was once known for the slaughterhouses that gave Toronto its Hogtown nickname and is located just north of The Junction.
Constructed by Trinity Development Group Inc., the new 554,000 square foot complex is fittingly called The Stockyards and scheduled for completion by spring 2014.
The area began shedding its industrial past in the 1990s and now has numerous big box stores and housing developments. The Stockyards presents a lively street facade with the parking hidden from street view in a three storey parking structure, while retail faces the street.
Anchoring the development will be one of Canada's first purpose built Target locations. Ground floor retailers will include Best Buy, PetSmart, Old Navy, Linen Chest, The Shoe Company, The Children's Place, and The Source. The second floor will include Winners, HomeSense, Michaels, and Pier 1 Imports.
[Images via Trinity Development Group Inc.]