To date, this has been my only experience with the famous Toronto landmark, Honest Ed’s. Always passing by, but never taking the time to wander inside. I already knew exactly what I would find inside the building – bulk items at low prices. I could even picture what the sale signs looked like – advertising the latest deals and bargains. In my 10 years as a GTA resident, I had caught glimpses of the store on the news or in the media.
I feel an attachment to this place for some reason – but more than anything else, I’m concerned about what will replace the well known landmark site. The discount retailer has been sold to Westbank Properties, a Vancouver-based luxury developer. They’re the developers behind the Shangri-La Hotels in Toronto and Vancouver.
Now — I don’t know about you, but when I think about the Annex (the area surrounding Honest Ed’s), I don’t think “luxury” or “Shangri-La” – I think “community” and “eclectic”. The people who live the in area consist primarily of artists, students, young professionals – and it’s hard to imagine that they’d be accepting of a high-class hotel.
The deal won’t close until later this year – but time is running out. I’m thinking that a trip down to Honest Ed’s some time soon is needed, before the space is changed into another condo building.