With the changing landscape of retail in Canada, it was a matter of time before we saw the cannabis industry break into mainstream shopping centres. The first was the Aurora Flagship, which opened in November of 2019 in West Edmonton Mall.
The next wave of openings will see Tokyo Smoke, owned by Canopy Growth, enter a number of Cadillac Fairview shopping centre locations. CF Toronto Eaton Centre will be seeing one of the first locations, as it will be taking over a vacated storefront of Toys Toys Toys.
Branded construction hoarding went up around the former toy store location on the first floor over the last week, and Dustin Fuhs from Retail Insider was able to capture images on the 23rd of a blank canvas. When the shopping centre opened today (June 30th) as part of the Phase Two re-opening plan in Ontario, the branding was present.
Toys Toys Toys shuttered all of its retail locations in July 2020 as part of a bankruptcy and exit from the market. Playtime Toys has taken over at least one of the former leases in Brampton, according to Danbury Global Liquidation Sales.
Retail Insider is able to confirm that the Tokyo Smoke location at CF Toronto Eaton Centre is set to open October 1st, 2021.