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Farm Boy announces expansion in the GTA

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We love Farm Boy
Been fortunate to live in Eastern Ontario and be a Customer for decades

But they are more of a Specialty Store than a regular full serve grocery store like Loblaws
Perfect for one stop for items that used to be best bought at a bunch of retailers
Bringing together an excellent Produce Store - Bakery - Cheese Store - Fishmonger - and Butcher
But not so great for dry goods (the aisles in the middle of a conventional Grocery Store)
For those items you still got to go elsewhere

SHOULD ALSO ADD - The Produce here is for most their biggest draw. A lot of it is Ontario grown, and extremely fresh. And better quality than many other stores, and often cheaper.
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I've been to a couple of locations in London. Seems okay but nothing special either. Prices are what you'd expect for a "higher end" grocery store I guess.
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Sometimes their sales are pretty good. I am in Leslieville so I've been going to the Leslie and Lakeshore location. Baked goods are also really good. Pricey but similar to Loblaws across the street.
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Farm Boy is the place I'll shop at when I win the lottery. For now, I gotta make due with the slaughterhouse rejects and unloved misshapen vegetables left over at the end of the day at the farmers market.
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I just looked through FB's flyer.... seems like a cheaper version of Summerhill Market. The variety is impressive, I hope the quality stacks up.

Then I looked thru Loblaws flyer...same boring , overpriced stuff, week in and week out.... for example, their Farmer's Market goods = ho-hum and so not worth it.
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I have visited the Farm By by Sherway gardens Toronto. The store is pricey. I like the hot and cold offerings for lunch but not cheap.
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One of FB's new locations will be 740 Dupont Street.....within a 5 minute drive of and square in the middle between a Sobey's and Loblaws....taking the fight right to the big boys backyard! Gotta love it.
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Kfox wrote: One of FB's new locations will be 740 Dupont Street.....within a 5 minute drive of and square in the middle between a Sobey's and Loblaws....taking the fight right to the big boys backyard! Gotta love it.
It should get interesting. I wonder if that is head office strategy or finding land big enough for a store dictates where they go?
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antigua1999 wrote: It should get interesting. I wonder if that is head office strategy or finding land big enough for a store dictates where they go?
Compete with Loblaws, yes....... and so happens an ideal parcel of land nearby .......
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Kfox wrote: One of FB's new locations will be 740 Dupont Street.....within a 5 minute drive of and square in the middle between a Sobey's and Loblaws....taking the fight right to the big boys backyard! Gotta love it.

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Farm Boy is owned by Empire Company Limited, who also owns Sobey's.
"signature removed for rule violations" Hell ya, that's what we do! 😝
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pete_rfd wrote: Farm Boy is owned by Empire Company Limited, who also owns Sobey's.
Did not know that.... I guess that Dupont Sobey's is finished--- it's too small anyway and probably not very profitable
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Ottomaddox wrote: Farm Boy is the place I'll shop at when I win the lottery.
If you think Farm Boy is lottery priced, you've never been to Whole Foods or McEwan's.
Kfox wrote: One of FB's new locations will be 740 Dupont Street.....within a 5 minute drive of and square in the middle between a Sobey's and Loblaws....taking the fight right to the big boys backyard! Gotta love it.
You do realize Sobey's owns Farm Boy right?

What happened here in Durham Region, Farm Boy took over most of the former Target at Pickering Town Centre. How's this for a fight? Across Liverpool to the west is a big Loblaws, maybe 50% bigger in floor area than FB. Across Kingston Rd. to the north is a big Asian supermarket, Pacific Fresh Food. So far it's surviving. Different customer base vs Loblaws and Pacific. You see much nicer cars in the lot and much better dressed customers browsing at Farm Boy.
Let's get this straight once and for all. The "Golden Arches" burger chain is McDonald's, not MacDonald's. Thank you.
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pete_rfd wrote: Farm Boy is owned by Empire Company Limited, who also owns Sobey's.
Good catch

I knew that ... but I forgot it
(Sobey’s bought Farm Boy in 2018)

Latest is they have no plans to change what’s been working for Farm Boy since it’s founding in 1981

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