Farm Boy has announced plans to open 9 new stores across Ontario in the next two years, including 5 in Toronto.
Ontario’s fast-growing and much-loved fresh food retailer is known as the province’s answer to down south’s Trader Joe’s.
The new stores will be opening throughout 2020 and into 2021, landing in Ontario communities and urban centres in the GTA, Niagara and Ottawa areas. The announcement for expansion comes following the December 5 opening of Farm Boy Walkers Line in Burlington — making the plan encompass a total of 10 new locations.
“We’ve delivered a world-class fresh-market shopping experience for 38 years,” said Jeff York, co-CEO of Farm Boy, in a release.
“Our in-store experience and fresh food offering continues to evolve with our customers and get stronger with each store we open. We’re delighted to see how well our offer continues to resonate with our customers. Farm Boy is entering an exciting phase of our growth plans as we expand our presence in the GTA and Ottawa, while also entering new markets like the Niagara region.”
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The sizes and formats of the incoming stores will vary based on the needs of local communities. In the GTA, Farm Boy will expand to include locations in Newmarket and in Toronto at College Park, Yonge and Soudan, Front and Bathurst, Dundas West and Aukland, and Dupont and Christie.
In the Niagara region, Farm Boy will open its first St. Catharines grocer. Finally, the brand’s presence in its Ottawa home will grow to include new locations downtown on Metcalfe Street and at the Ottawa Train Yards.
When this expansion is complete, Ontario will be home to 37 Farm Boy locations
Ranging in size from 12,000 to 38,000 square feet, all new stores will feature the company’s core, fresh-food experience. This includes an extensive selection of farm-fresh foods, chef-inspired take-out meals, and popular private label specialty products.
The grocer carries hundreds of local products made in Ontario including butcher-quality meats, artisan cheese, fresh dairy and baked goods, and sustainable seafood.
All stores feature a kitchen with a 60-foot fresh salad bar, hot bars and a casual restaurant experience that includes gourmet pizzas, freshly-rolled sushi, and more. Plus, stores offer hot meals all day long. As well, the stores will continue to offer a broad selection of locally made, organic, gluten-free, and plant-based foods.
“We’ve come a long way from our first small produce store in Cornwall“, says Farm Boy co-founder and co-CEO Jean-Louis Bellemare.