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The new 48,000-square-foot Longo’s store in the Leaside neighborhood of Toronto boasts one of most innovative designs in the region, according to the company. A historic building that was built in 1919 and once belonged to Canadian Northern Railway has now been converted into a unique shopping destination that made its official debut on Aug. 22.
“This location is of great historical importance to Toronto,” affirmed Anthony Longo, president and CEO of Longo’s, which employs more than 4,600 associates at 25 stores across the greater Toronto area. “While preserving its heritage, the Longo’s team looks forward to bringing our passion for food, unrivalled expertise and reputation for outstanding quality, service and value to the Leaside community.”
Added Longo: “Bringing a new twist to fresh, we are very proud to introduce the new Veggie Bar, designed to making healthy eating easy by eliminating the planning and preparation time and pumping up the healthy content for any meal.” The Veggie Bar aims to inspire healthy, easy cooking by providing a variety of veggie-and-fruit combinations to start, to add to or to accompany a dish.
Other highlights include an award-winning 40-item salad bar; gourmet made-to-order stone oven pizza, panini and hot sandwiches; made-on-site hardwood smoked meats and fish; a chocolatier creating fine Belgian chocolates; Aromaté’s fresh, in-store coffee bean roasting; and in-store Starbucks; an in-store pharmacy; Corks Wine and Beer Bar featuring craft beers and wines from Ontario; and The Loft by Longo’s cooking school, which offers classes to experienced foodies and newbies alike.