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Nations to open first Toronto location

Store to open in former Target outlet at the Stockyards retail centre

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Toronto will soon have its first Nations Fresh Foods store in what was once a Target outlet at the Stockyards retail centre.

Touted as “where East meets West” and catering to all nations, Nations Fresh Foods opened in Vaughan, north of Toronto, in 2012, and has a second store in Hamilton selling multi-ethnic fresh food.

Nations Fresh Foods officials refused to comment to Canadian Grocer about the new store.

But RioCan, the real estate investment trust that owns the Stockyards, confirms it has reached a lease agreement with Nations Fresh Foods to occupy the entire 153,450 sq. ft. that was previously occupied by Target. RioCan says it will generate roughly the same base rental revenue that it previously received from Target.

READ: New upscale grocer Nations opens north of Toronto

The Stockyards store will be substantially larger than the more than 50,000 sq. ft. Nations Fresh Foods outlet in Vaughan that includes a salted fish section, enclosed fresh seafood area, a bakery and ready-to-eat offerings.

Nations is the second banner under the Oceans Fresh Group, which also runs the discount Oceans Fresh Food Markets.

READ: Nations opens urban, chef-inspired store in Hamilton

The current flyer for the Vaughan store touts Nations Kitchen bubble tea, sushi, dim sum and hot foods, while the flyer for the Hamilton store promotes “your favourite East food and dim sums.” Both stores are giving out free 2016 calendars with purchases over $30.

Opened in 2014 on St. Clair Ave. W., the Stockyards is a mixed-use retail centre with over 554,000 square feet of retail and office space and more than 50 stores and restaurants.

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