Loblaws, please don't wreck Kensington Market! Meet with the Kensington Market community!
  • Petitioning Galen G. Weston

This petition will be delivered to:

Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited
Galen G. Weston

Loblaws, please don't wreck Kensington Market! Meet with the Kensington Market community!

    1. Petition by

      Friends of Kensington Market


Kensington Market is a unique and irreplaceable part of Toronto. A vibrant and eclectic neighbourhood and one of the last open air markets in North America, it has been designated a national heritage site and is a well-loved destination for Torontonians and visitors. It’s a world apart, still a village in the midst of the big city. Historically this has been a place of acceptance of people not accepted elsewhere, a place for small business to flourish, a place where shopping means visiting with neighbours. Torontonians cherish and want to keep that culture.


This special place is at risk if a Loblaws moves in to 297 College St, 400 meters from the heart of Kensington Market. The backbone of the market is and has always been the small independent stores, especially the purveyors of raw food—fruit stands, dry goods, fishmongers, butchers and groceries. These smaller stores, many generations old and family-run – are fragile. They may not withstand the impact of a Loblaws moving into the community.


When a fruit stand closes, it is almost always replaced by a bar or a restaurant. With a chain grocery store as competition, we risk replacing the small food stores —the market itself—with a concentration of bars, restaurants and formula stores. We risk losing Kensington Market’s unique welcoming community.


Mr. Weston, we know your family has deep roots in this city and has generously contributed to civic causes. We ask that you meet with the Kensington Market community to find ways to make sure the market is not harmed by your retail space at 297 College St. Please make sure you don’t destroy a national cultural treasure by bringing a Loblaws onto Kensington Market’s doorstep.


Recent signatures


    1. We are asking Loblaws to meet with the Kensington Market community

      In light of Loblaws having signed a lease, we are asking Loblaws to meet with the Kensington Market community to better understand the community's concerns about the possible loss of small food vendors and to find ways to make sure the presence of a Loblaws does not destroy Kensington Market, up to and including not putting a grocery store in their new retail space.

    2. Reached 7,000 signatures
    3. Loblaws has signed a lease with Tribute for 297 College

      Friends of Kensington Market has learned that Loblaws has signed a lease with Tribute for the second floor and part of the first floor at 297 College. This means that the food giant will be moving onto Kensington Market's doorstep. Now more than ever we need to kick up the pressure on Loblaws and the Weston family to do right by Kensington Market.

      Please share this petition widely. Every signature gets Loblaws and the Weston family's attention!

      In addition, send them an email at: csr@loblaw.ca to ask them not to harm Toronto's beloved Kensington Market by putting small, independent raw food sellers out of business.

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • shiane brown MISSISSAUGA, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Because i will forever support Kensington Market and their independance. It's a MARKET. They have plenty of food to sell.

    • Meredith Sas TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Kensie is a part of toronto's culture!! People have built their lives here and that will not be sustainable if we let a corporation buy it out!

    • Melissa Peh WATERLOO, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      I used to live in downtown Toronto and adored my weekend visits to Kensington Market. It would be a shame that they have to move it!

    • Carol Bacon KITCHENER, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      I always visit Kensington Market whenever I go to Toronto and especially love the great variety of ethic food shops and deli's. Plus the prices are excellent compared to Loblaws. I'm so tired of this homogenization of our food suppliers and choice of where we'd like to spend our hard earned dollars. Plus all of those shop owners would be put out of business for what? More corporate crap!

      • 4 months ago

      can everyone also sign this petition aswell https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/zynga-continue-omgpop-com


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