Pusateri’s Fine Foods Plans Flagship Re-Opening After Fire [Renderings]


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Toronto-based Pusateri’s Fine Foods plans to re-open its 1539 Avenue Road location late this summer, following a devastating fire that closed the store in August of last year. The renovated store will include new features that were not previously in the store.

The overhauled flagship will feature over 15,000 square feet of redesigned retail and food service space, designed by Montreal-based GH+A, adding over 100 new brands to its grocery assortment. Full-service fresh departments will be upgraded, including an increased local and international cheese selection, a bolstered deli meat offering, an expanded bread boutique, as well as an amplified assortment of prepared food and elevated array of hand-rolled sushi.

New features in-store will include La Cucina, a demonstration area and rotisserie carving station; Greenhouse Juices, offering 100% organic cold-pressed juices; Pusateri’s Café, where guests can enjoy specially-made coffee blends and baked goods, as well as for the first time ever a full service restaurant on the premises.

Pusateri’s Fine Foods 1539 Avenue Road Flagship Rendering (Image: GH+A Design)
Pusateri’s Fine Foods 1539 Avenue Road Flagship Rendering (Image: GH+A Design)
Pusateri’s Fine Foods 1539 Avenue Road Flagship Rendering (Image: GH+A Design)

“We would like to express our deep gratitude to the community for their unwavering support over the last several months,” says Pusateri’s president, Frank Luchetta. “The new Avenue Road Pusateri’s location will be better than ever, and we can’t wait to share it with you.”

Pusateri’s operated the Avenue Road store for almost 30 years, becoming a fixture in the local community. The company has since expanded to include grocery locations in Toronto’s affluent Yorkville area and at Toronto’s Bayview Village. A Pusateri’s location at RioCan Oakville Place is scheduled to open in July of this year, measuring about 18,000 square feet. Pusateri’s Fine Foods also operates Saks Fifth Avenue‘s Canadian Food Halls. Saks’ first food hall opened in February of this year on the lower level of Saks Fifth Avenue at CF Sherway Gardens in Toronto, and a second Saks Food Hall will open on the concourse level of Saks CF Toronto Eaton Centre/Queen Street some time this fall. 

*All renderings via GH+A Design.

Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Publisher & CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Advisor at the University of Alberta School Centre for Cities and Communities in Edmonton, former lawyer and a public speaker. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.


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