Boxcar Social to open its first employee-run store in Toronto

Nov 23 2021, 5:13 pm

Boxcar Social is expanding in Toronto! They’re gearing up to open their first employee-run store this weekend.

Boxcar Laneway is opening in Toronto’s Little Italy with a different concept from their other locations.

Though they will be serving fresh coffee and other Boxcar favourites, it will be the first employee-operated location where they receive a small share of the profit made.

“Boxcar Laneway hopes to redistribute the income to power ratio that baristas face, help their employees develop and grow their careers, and build equity in the Toronto and Canadian business space,” said Alex Castellani, co-founder of Boxcar Social and Subtext Coffee.

The baristas working will be running the shop “from top to bottom, teaching them the business behind running a cafe.”

Their overall goal is to move these trained baristas to manage other Boxcar Social locations in Toronto.

They’re hosting a soft grand opening on November 27 and 28 at the new 298 Markham Street location.

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