Regent Park revitalization adds international commercial tenants
Regent Park’s commercial footprint will soon expand with two international food service chains.
Newest tenants slated to open this summer will include a 2,045 square foot Wendy’s restaurant located at Dundas Street and Sumach Street, and a combined 1,321 square foot Subway/Yogen Fruz outlet on Regent Park Blvd., which is an active hub that runs through the award-winning neighbourhood. These leading retailers will join the recently opened 10,000 square foot Shoppers Drug Mart located along Dundas Street, St. Michael’s Hospital Sumac Creek Health Centre occupying 26,000 square feet on Regent Park Blvd., as well as national brand retailers Tim Hortons, Rogers retail store, and the FreshCo by Sobeys, which opened early on in the revitalization. The RBC branch located on Dundas Street was the first financial institution to open in Regent Park since the 1940s.
Other notable services and commercial retailers that have opened their doors in Regent Park include Daniels Spectrum, Paintbox Bistro, Dundas Dental, and the Toronto Birth Centre.
To complement this retail resurgence, George Brown College has also launched a fashion hub in the neighbourhood to provide a collaborative space for community, education and industry to connect. The George Brown College Fashion Exchange is a place where immigrants and at-risk youth can receive specialized training to prepare them for entry-level positions in the fashion industry. The Apparel Fit Technician and Industrial Power Sewing programs were developed with George Brown College’s School of Fashion, Community Partnerships Office and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.
“These new commercial outlets will offer residents quick access to services they have not had previously,” said Daniels Vice President Martin Blake. “The fact that our commercial partners are also drawing talent from the local community underscores the success of a robust retail sector that contributes to the continued vitality of Regent Park.”