Loblaw officially re-opens historic West Block building in downtown Toronto
Loblaw Companies Limited announced the reopening of the West Block building — the first Loblaws Groceterias warehouse built in 1928. Today, the new location brings retail, office and residential space to the Lakeshore and Bathurst area.
“The reopening of the West Block building is an important milestone in Loblaw’s history, and a cornerstone of our future,” said Sarah Davis, President, Loblaw. “The building is an architectural representation of our company, and our role as an ongoing retail innovator. It brings together our century-long story, combining convenient bricks-and-mortar store locations and the new hub of our digital, loyalty and financial services teams.”
The office space is the new home of more than 1,100 digital economy workers, including teams from Loblaw Digital, PC Optimum, and PC Financial, which focuses on digital-first everyday payments.
“When the building first opened in 1928 it was hailed as the most modern warehouse of its kind. Our task was to reconstruct a space that represents Loblaw’s exciting future and properly captures the essence of both its history, and that of the city,” said Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw. “Brick by brick and stone by stone, West Block’s historic façade has been restored so it once again becomes a destination within the community.”
With a combined investment of more than $400 million, the site was redeveloped by Wittington Properties to provide City Place and Harbourfront residents with a destination to live, eat, shop and work. Owned and managed by Choice Properties REIT, it also features five floors of office space, two residential condo towers, and a modern courtyard for community events.
“The reopening of the West Block is a tribute not only to our city’s history but to the role that Loblaw has played in that history. People will come to the Lakeshore and Bathurst area to not only experience the new building and the services it offers but to see a new iconic building in a growing and vibrant part of Toronto. I want to thank Loblaw for revitalizing this building and for bringing much needed services to our residents,” said Mayor John Tory.