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    Both those are good suggestions (a little pricey though). Further east there's Blue Lamp books, The Bookseller. Wee Book Inn of course, and if you shop it often enough the Value Village has a couple of very good book sections - specifically non-fiction. There's a **** Coles at Bonnie Doon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Well that just sucks. I do most of my book shopping at the Chapters on Whyte. Not sure where to go for new books in 2020. Downtown has a Coles at City Centre Mall that is content with being a poor man's Chapters while Audreys has turned half their shop into a children's store. Any suggestions, particularly in Old Strathcona?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmcowboy11 View Post
    Well for new books I don't know but for older books I do like Alhambra books and isn't there the Edmonton book store next to the Timmies on Whyte?
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    Both those are good suggestions (a little pricey though). Further east there's Blue Lamp books, The Bookseller. Wee Book Inn of course, and if you shop it often enough the Value Village has a couple of very good book sections - specifically non-fiction. There's a **** Coles at Bonnie Doon.
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    Confirmed Winners is taking the Chapters space.

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    I guess that is a step above a Dollarama.
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    That's actually amazing news for the block, as far as having and expanding a diversity of commercial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    I guess that is a step above a Dollarama.
    I believe there are many steps between Dollarama and Winners. Can't please everyone. As usual.
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    If it is on par with the brewery district Winners I would say it is a horizontal move, rather than a negative thing for Whyte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuckyeg View Post
    Confirmed Winners is taking the Chapters space.
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    That Chapters is probably closing cause of the amount of theft. I know for a fact the street kids in Old Strathcona steal hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise from that store annually, mostly cause of the layout. Winners will have the same problems without some major structural changes. Seems like a strange choice for Whyte Ave retail. I would really like to see Chapter’s open somewhere else on Whyte in one of the new developments proposed for the neighbourhood.
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    I thought Winners was a strange choice as well, especially since there are Winners stores fairly close by (driving, not walking). Chapters has been on Whyte for 20 years, and losing it is a big loss for the community, and the ave.

    Yeah, if I were a leasing agent for one of the new builds going in on Whyte I’d be calling them up for sure.
    They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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    Indigo has been closing a lot of chapters stores, the ones they wanted were rebranded to indigo

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpongeG View Post
    Indigo has been closing a lot of chapters stores, the ones they wanted were rebranded to indigo
    uh, that was the case in 2005ish maybe. I don’t think that’s still their approach to consolidating their businesses today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etownboarder View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SpongeG View Post
    Indigo has been closing a lot of chapters stores, the ones they wanted were rebranded to indigo
    uh, that was the case in 2005ish maybe. I don’t think that’s still their approach to consolidating their businesses today.
    Well in Vancouver they rebranded all of them except for the Coquitlam one. The Langley one was renovated and is now the nicest one until the robson store opened in the Lower Mainland. As they get renovated they are being called indigo. There was one planned for The Amazing Brentwood but they have not been listed yet as a tenant, so perhaps their recent troubles have put a halt on their plans.

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    Anyone know what will happen to the Packrat Louie space? Bottega 104 came and went, is all I know.
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    ^^the ebb and flow continues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Anyone know what will happen to the Packrat Louie space? Bottega 104 came and went, is all I know.
    When I walked by yesterday they had started putting up "Lyon" signage, which I understand to mean Lyon Kitchen and Bar, who seem to be advertising for staff online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Anyone know what will happen to the Packrat Louie space? Bottega 104 came and went, is all I know.
    So yesterday I heard the owners of Packrat bought the spot back and we’re going to open the new place. Pretty wild.
    They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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    I found this:
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    A brand new Whyte ave area hot spot, Lyon Kitchen and Bar is looking to recruit a superstar team that is passionate about the restaurant industry and wants to help create the best customer experience on Whyte!
    Are you fun, energetic, and outgoing? Interested in working with amazing and talented people? If that sounds like you then please apply by leaving a cover letter and resume! We would love to hear from you!
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    Sad to see Lillo’s and Avenue close- Whyte used to have very distinctive boutiques, but landlords and the economy are seeing to that.

    At least there’s a new candy store on the Ave- fewer bulk options, but more obscure stuff, which is great. And they wised up and went to the good, busy side of the street, which will definitely help compared to the older shops.

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    I've driven by the Raymond (? where the gas station sat forever) Block and boy does it bring a totally-unneeded strip-mall ambience to that section of Whyte Ave. Those shops could be anywhere in any city.
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    Yeah, good luck finding a boutique-y place to afford the rent anywhere in THAT monster of a building. No, they had to go with *7-11*, the most podunk of all shops, completely making the side of the building look hideous. At least Remedy is a local company, though I know a few people who were screwed by working there. That shop is a MONSTER, though- thing takes up almost the whole side of the building.

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    Lyon is open now - walked past it tonight and took a look at the menu (wish I had taken a photo of it). Looks like a similar menu to PL (remembering the one time I went years and years ago).

    Jabroniville, Rocket Fizz is extremely expensive. I found my favorite chocolate bar in there for $10, nearly double the cost of MEC ($6). It's overpriced, and I doubt I'll be spending money in there.
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    Oh man, CHAPTERS is closing?? Now that’s an agonizing one- that store is one of my favorites of all time, and a constant source for me. That’s horrible.

    “Not a sign” Whyte is in trouble? Sure- it’s just been ruined of boutiques and is now a source for tat-shops and the same stuff you can find anywhere. No character at all.

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    While on my commute to work on Monday afternoon, I noticed the interior of the Crystal Glass on 100st. was cleared bare. The outside signage was still there but I think the business is gone for good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etownboarder View Post
    That Chapters is probably closing cause of the amount of theft. I know for a fact the street kids in Old Strathcona steal hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise from that store annually, mostly cause of the layout. Winners will have the same problems without some major structural changes. Seems like a strange choice for Whyte Ave retail. I would really like to see Chapter’s open somewhere else on Whyte in one of the new developments proposed for the neighbourhood.
    That makes a lot of sense- the Save-On Foods has the same problem (it's why they got rid of that triangle shelving space at the front- it let people hide from staff). I think all of Whyte, but especially the big stores (who can't watch everyone), are suffering from that. I won't dwell on the point, since last time the posts got moved, but you'll see a LOT of dirtbags up and down Whyte on any given day (someone actually came into Subway to harass me to buy some joints from him, then he tried rapid-fire "small talk"), and this is really affecting a lot of stores negatively.

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    Mourning the closure of a huge chain store which decimated all the smaller book stores, added a Starbucks to the ave, and aside from the corner entrance is pretty much entirely closed off from the street is not something I expected to read on this forum. I get that a Winners isn't ideal, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the logic that Chapters was some sort of Whyte Ave lynch-pin.

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    Chapters is major contributor to the death of independent booksellers & the reason there's no other (new) book stores in the area.

    I miss Greenwoods' original location. Heck, I even miss the one that closed 7ish years ago. Way bigger of a loss to Whyte Ave than some corporate megamart.

    That being said, I'm not sure Winners is such a bad idea from a community perspective. It fills a needed niche, especially if they move to more of the housewares & such versus a more clothing-centric layout. It's no benefit to it as a "destination shopping street" but not everything has to be.
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    I remember the uproar when Chapters first moved into that location

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    Stockholm syndrome for the corporations that sucked the soul outta Whyte.
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    I'll be shocked if it's not a Homesense/Winners like virtually all of their other stores. It actually could be great for the residential population of the area, but of course it will take a toll on a number of smaller stores. I saw someone else mention that the biggest victim could be Army & Navy since there's a lot of crossover there.

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    We have such few great corners in this city and that could be one of them, alas.
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    105 and Whyte will live on Ian.

    Indeed, losing a chain store might be the best thing that could happen to that corner.

    Losing Sobeys at 104 and Jasper hurt for a few years. Look at it now. Was it such a loss?
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    A handful of fast casual restaurants in an area rife with them is nowhere near the amenity that a grocery store was. Even when the tiny CityMarket opens Downtown will be less served by grocery stores than it was a decade ago.

    And on what planet is Winners not a chain store?
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    Chapters is like the Walmart of book stores. Surprised IanO so sad to see it leave. He's been pretty steadfast against any idea of an urban walmart coming small d downtown. What's the difference? Is it cause its fashionable to hate on Walmart while ignoring the real reason you should hate Walmart and other similar bigbox/low cost/squeeze out the little guy/JIT logistics format?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    We have such few great corners in this city and that could be one of them, alas.
    a great corner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    Mourning the closure of a huge chain store which decimated all the smaller book stores, added a Starbucks to the ave, and aside from the corner entrance is pretty much entirely closed off from the street is not something I expected to read on this forum. I get that a Winners isn't ideal, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the logic that Chapters was some sort of Whyte Ave lynch-pin.
    Lol, this shocks you? Really? Those loss of a huge, busy store, and the only source of new books in the area, and you’re surprised we’re saddened by the loss? ANY bookstore surviving now is a miracle. Losing this huge meeting place and hangout spot is a loss, even if it is a chain.

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    Hopefully smaller bookstores will be encouraged to come back and help return Whyte to its independent roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabroniville View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    Mourning the closure of a huge chain store which decimated all the smaller book stores, added a Starbucks to the ave, and aside from the corner entrance is pretty much entirely closed off from the street is not something I expected to read on this forum. I get that a Winners isn't ideal, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the logic that Chapters was some sort of Whyte Ave lynch-pin.
    Lol, this shocks you? Really? Those loss of a huge, busy store, and the only source of new books in the area, and you’re surprised we’re saddened by the loss? ANY bookstore surviving now is a miracle. Losing this huge meeting place and hangout spot is a loss, even if it is a chain.
    Isn't there another Chapters location just down Calgary Trail? And another in South Common? I think this is much more about the impending Winners than it is about the closing of Chapters.

    I get that it's a meeting place, but have a hard time considering it a great loss to the community. Every other conversation about retail inevitably turns into a conversation about storefronts vs malls. Chapters was essentially a 2 store mall in the context of Whyte Ave. Go, hang out inside, shop or don't, have some Starbucks, etc. It was taking feet off the street. Without it they might decide to meet at another store, or buy a coffee from a local shop.

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    50 blocks from the Chapters on Whyte to the one on Calgary Trail.

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    There's also a Wee Book Inn, Alhambra, The Bookseller, and Coles closer than that. Not to mention the ones downtown. It's not exactly a book desert.

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    Used books, used books, used books, limited selection. Not really comparable.
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    If people used the Chapter's as a meeting place or to browse, there is already the Old Strathcona Library nearby.

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    Because libraries are such a great place to engage in conversations...

    (FWIW, I don't shop at Chapters or Indigo, ever, & loathe the effect they've had on the independent booksellers in Canada. I just can understand why some people are going to miss it.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    There's also a Wee Book Inn, Alhambra, The Bookseller, and Coles closer than that. Not to mention the ones downtown. It's not exactly a book desert.
    But how about buying new books?

    Before Chapters moved to Whyte, there was Greenwood's Books (plus their kid's store on 80 ave.), Aspen Books, Orlando Books, and even Hub Cigar Store (for magazines and major newspapers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    There's also a Wee Book Inn, Alhambra, The Bookseller, and Coles closer than that. Not to mention the ones downtown. It's not exactly a book desert.
    But how about buying new books?

    Before Chapters moved to Whyte, there was Greenwood's Books (plus their kid's store on 80 ave.), Aspen Books, Orlando Books, and even Hub Cigar Store (for magazines and major newspapers).
    So maybe after Chapters moves off Whyte a store that sells new books will open to take advantage of the opportunity. Or people will buy online from Chapters and have it delivered to their home. Or if it's an absolute necessity they can take transit (40 min), a taxi (14 min), walk (5km), bike (20min), or ask a friend to drive them. Times and distances courtesy of Google Maps.

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    If chapters saw a future on whyte ave, they would've either stayed or found space nearby.
    maybe they can open up a chapters in ice district. looks like lots of available space there
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    Winners takes up the Chapter's space, how long do you think Army and Navy will last?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    We have such few great corners in this city and that could be one of them, alas.
    a great corner?

    when pigs fly...
    Currently lousy, and as a Winners it will also be lousy. But with the right tenant using the space it has the potential to be fantastic. Oh well, hopefully the chance comes up again sometime in the next decade.

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    Whyte House is coming soon, which is replacing the Gama cafe at the Impression Dental building between 108 and 109 Streets.
    Hoarding has now been removed from the BMO building at 108 St, revealing dark colors.
    I talked to the owner at The Rooster, who is former MP Rahim Jaffer. Nice guy.
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    ^Noticed it got tagged pretty bad the other day.

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    I must be out late all the time, because I never see the tagging others are talking about, lol.

    I hadn't even realized the Gama Cafe had closed. It had a very select clientele, but I always say people in there, even late at night.

    That newfangled ice cream place behind Cacao is still incredibly busy at all hours.

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    Noorish on 109th is shutting down soon according to their Facebook page. Too bad.

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    Yep - remember Lillos well. Will also miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Whyte House is coming soon, which is replacing the Gama cafe at the Impression Dental building between 108 and 109 Streets.
    Hoarding has now been removed from the BMO building at 108 St, revealing dark colors.
    I talked to the owner at The Rooster, who is former MP Rahim Jaffer. Nice guy.
    I'm sure it'll be a fine, upstanding addition to the area/

    On September 11, 2009, Jaffer was stopped late at night by the Ontario Provincial Police while he was traveling at a rate of 93 km/h in a 50 km/h zone in Palgrave, Ontario, located close to his wife's riding.[1] The officer noticed a smell of alcohol on Jaffer's breath, and after administering a breathalyzer test, found him to be over the Ontario legal blood-alcohol limit of .08.[9][10] Jaffer's driver's licence was suspended for 90 days, and he was charged with drunk driving and possession of an undisclosed quantity of cocaine.[11] The location of the cocaine was a source of contention between police and Jaffer. The arresting officer stated that the drugs were found in Jaffer's pants pocket, whereas Jaffer's defense team claimed it was in his suit jacket. Earlier in the evening, he had met in Toronto with Nazim Gillani, a businessman. Gillani claimed he was a banker for the Hells Angels.[12]


    Jaffer was initially scheduled to appear in court in Orangeville, Ontario on October 19, 2009.[11] During the 2008 election, Jaffer's campaign approved radio ads accusing NDP leader Jack Layton of being soft on marijuana use. The ads said, in part, "Edmontonians understand how difficult it is to make sure our children make the right choices, especially on serious issues like drug use. The Conservative Party supports drug-free schools and getting tough with drug dealers who sell illegal drugs to children. Don't let our schools go up in smoke. On Oct. 14, vote Conservative."[13] On March 9, 2010, Jaffer pleaded guilty to one charge of careless driving and was sentenced to a fine of $500. The cocaine possession and drunk driving charges were withdrawn.[14][15] Justice Doug Maund told Jaffer "I’m sure you can recognize a break when you see one."[16] The sentence and the dropping of the more serious charges triggered outrage across Canada,[17] as well as more extensive investigation of events leading up to the incident prompting the arrest, which led to allegations Jaffer met with several escorts

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    Some financial place is opening soon in that prime corner spot on Whyte/104 St which used to be Dairy Queen which used to be Death By Chocolate which used to be Timothys which used to be Grabbajabba
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    Quote Originally Posted by etownboarder View Post
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    We have such few great corners in this city and that could be one of them, alas.
    a great corner?

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    Currently lousy, and as a Winners it will also be lousy. But with the right tenant using the space it has the potential to be fantastic. Oh well, hopefully the chance comes up again sometime in the next decade.
    Sadly we seem to become a city of 7-11's everywhere it seems and lots of Shoppers Drug Marts, with a few Starbucks or other coffee places thrown into the mix occasionally. If it's any consolation, when I went to Toronto I seemed to see more Shoppers stores than here - didn't think that was actually physically possible, although they were much smaller so they fit into the street better. Personally, I don't mind Winners and will probably actually go there from time to time, but I feel it is a sign Whyte Ave is a bit on the decline. It jumped the shark when Dairy Queen moved in, if not before that.

    Have to wonder about how long Winners will stay there though - the rent there is not cheap and I don't think Winners is that high margin.

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    Winners is a massive, massive corporation that pretty much has a lock on it's niche in most of the Western world. They should be just fine on Whyte.

    And Whyte jumped the shark when Le Chateau moved in.
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    Great article on the history of the building on 105 strert and Whyte

    Chapters: We Knew How This Story Would End
    Then came the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. In a handful of mid-1980s years, the festival grew from a week of plays in a few theatre spaces, makeshift venues, and back alleys to a massive festival spread over several blocks. The festival, the Old Strathcona Business Association, and many interested community members built up the neighbourhood into a lively, year-round destination of boutiques, cafés, and a better class of night spots.

    A new building went up at the corner of 105 Street and Whyte Ave, where a bank and gas station had stood. The first tenant in the expansive first-floor reatil space was a Sony Store, definitely a step up from the Radio Shack that was previously located down the block. But the high-end pricing of the store didn’t meet the low-end budget of the students, artists, and seniors who lived in the neighbourhood.

    In the late 1990s, Old Strathcona fans and residents like me did not welcome the news that Chapters would be moving in. Walmart in the U.S. had set the precedence of a corporate big-box entity that would steamroll over existing locally owned stores, then close up when it was convenient for corporate HQ, leaving a community without any of the stores it replaced.

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    Maybe The Sony Store moved, but it was definitely further down the block when I went to it, and not occupying the Chapters space. I should see if I still have the business card I got from Ufuk who worked there (the reason I kept it should be obvious) so I could get the old address.
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    I remember buying a disc-man in that store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gord Lacey View Post
    Maybe The Sony Store moved, but it was definitely further down the block when I went to it, and not occupying the Chapters space. I should see if I still have the business card I got from Ufuk who worked there (the reason I kept it should be obvious) so I could get the old address.
    I could have sworn the Sony store was in that building, but the front facade was modified when Chapters moved in. The Sony store had brick arches where the current exterior wall facing Whyte Ave is, and the door was about 10-15 feet further in. I remember buying both my Walkman and my Dream Machine alarm clock there (still use it daily).

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodle View Post
    Winners is a massive, massive corporation that pretty much has a lock on it's niche in most of the Western world. They should be just fine on Whyte.

    And Whyte jumped the shark when Le Chateau moved in.
    I'm not worried about Winners, I'm sure that big company will survive somehow. My concern is that after a few years, they may move to a lower rent nearby location but off whyte location after decimating other retailers on Whyte Ave. Interestingly, it seems from other posts here it was also concern expressed about Chapters when they moved in.

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    Winners better change the layout otherwise the street kids are going to ravage their racks. That place is a loss prevention nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Some financial place is opening soon in that prime corner spot on Whyte/104 St which used to be Dairy Queen which used to be Death By Chocolate which used to be Timothys which used to be Grabbajabba
    It is AAR Financial, which opened on Monday
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    ^looks similar to payday loans, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by etownboarder View Post
    ^looks similar to payday loans, right?
    From their website: “APR14.9% - 46.95%”. So yea, really similar.

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    What an awful addition to the neighbourhood. Very disappointing.

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    Not just an awful addition to the neighborhood, but a huge waste of a prime corner space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
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    We have such few great corners in this city and that could be one of them, alas.
    a great corner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Not just an awful addition to the neighborhood, but a huge waste of a prime corner space.
    I’m pretty sure Aurora subleased it to them.

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    Well, there’s zero chance that Holy Roller reopens. They’re being evicted, having owed the landlords (Beljan) over $46,000 in unpaid rent, according to the note on the door.

    Now, maybe there’s a chance we see the property divided, and there are front and alley businesses there. Also creates an awkward situation with two related businesses in the same building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
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    We have such few great corners in this city and that could be one of them, alas.
    a great corner?

    when pigs fly...
    Nope, that's on the other great corner....
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    Someone is finally moving into that space east of Malt & Mortar!




    This space is For Lease if anyone wants it.




    Now that Chapters is going away, here's a worthy alternative that's been operating for 38 years. Let's keep it open for another 38 years, shall we?




    Has Rush Bowls closed up shop? Maybe Gord Lacey knows.




    Some constructioning is happening at the former Orange Market!

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    Wooo, thanks for the photos, SDM!

    Rush Bowls and activity at the Orange Market were news to me, and I was just down there yesterday. Could be someone was just taking a look at the space at Orange Market; they did a bunch of work there a few months ago (I think it was removing some of the stuff that was inside). Also, Ripe Tomato must be close to opening. I saw inside about 3 weeks ago and it looked almost done; maybe just waiting on permits for something?

    Further East, I saw some environmental drilling and coring trucks appearing at the old Shell station on Whyte and 100 st. Not sure what that means in terms of getting the lot developed, as I'm sure I've seen coring being done on site in the past. I took a look at the Lizotte Real Estate site, and they list the availability of the space as being "immediate," which is funny considering there's no building there at all.
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    Rush Bowls has indeed closed. Didn't last very long!
    There are no Canadian locations left.
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    I spoke to one of the construction guys working at the Orange Market space. He was quite funny when I asked what was coming in...

    “I’m sure you’ll be excited to hear that it’s a much needed store for this area” eye roll... “a vape shop.” I laughed and told him I was really hoping it was something the area didn’t have many of, like a donair shop.
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    Well maybe we will be lucky and instead of a Vape Shop or a Donair shop, we might get a Subway, or even better yet a payday loan shop. Oh I just thought, what about a liquor store, we don't have many of those do we?
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    Looks like Blakbar is open after all. My bad. But what's with that For Lease sign?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Rush Bowls has indeed closed. Didn't last very long!
    There are no Canadian locations left.
    I am not surprised they didn't survive. They had no marketing. When I first saw their sign, I thought Rush Bowls was a sister store for the Jupiter bong shop next door.

    I had to google what is Rush Bowls. It's a franchise based in Colorado that sells smoothy bowls. Didn't know there was a market for cereal bowls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Looks like Blakbar is open after all. My bad. But what's with that For Lease sign?
    I’m pretty sure that’s a Beljan building that they’re adding onto the back of, so maybe the lease sign is related to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Some financial place is opening soon in that prime corner spot on Whyte/104 St which used to be Dairy Queen which used to be Death By Chocolate which used to be Timothys which used to be Grabbajabba
    Disgusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gord Lacey View Post
    I spoke to one of the construction guys working at the Orange Market space. He was quite funny when I asked what was coming in...

    “I’m sure you’ll be excited to hear that it’s a much needed store for this area” eye roll... “a vape shop.” I laughed and told him I was really hoping it was something the area didn’t have many of, like a donair shop.
    Very dissapoonting.

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    The area needs another tattoo shop. Not enough of them around when you have a sudden urge for ink...
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    Comex Hobby is opening up off Whyte, just across from Save-On (78 ave). Not sure when they're opening... I just saw the sign the other day.
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    That might be the old Kingsway location- they told me they were opening up a standalone store as they were leaving the mall. Kind of funny how they'd move to an even easier place for me to get .

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    Just wish it wasn’t consistently cheaper to get my hobby supplies from Asia than Comex.
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    Polar Park Brewing Company has their grand opening on September 18 - they are located on 80 Ave in the former Bee Bell Bakery space
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    heh. This is what, their 27th attempt at a launch? This place has been a gong show for close to a year now. Apparently the space is amazing, but when they've held events/concerts etc the food/service has been all over the map, and they often can't even manage to provide their own beer. Which is hilarious for a place with "brewing" in their name.

    Hopefully they get things worked out.

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