Healthy Planet Unveils Two-Level Storefront on Yonge St. Near Dundas in Downtown Toronto [Interview/Photos]

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Health and wellness store Healthy Planet is expanding into the heart of downtown Toronto to Yonge-Dundas Square. 

Muhammad Mohamedy

“We are looking forward to serving the downtown core as a one-stop destination for all things related to health and wellness,” said Muhammad Mohamedy, General Manager of Healthy Planet. 

“Whether you’re a student, parent, work long hours or are just visiting the city, our in-store product specialists and nutritionists are ready to help you with your unique needs. We look forward to becoming an integral part of this community that is at the centre of Canada’s best entertainment, tourism, and living!”

Healthy Planet Yonge Dundas (Image: Healthy Planet)

The store at 322 Yonge Street is expected to open October 13 in 7,500 square feet of space.

“Yonge and Dundas is the most recognized street in Toronto. There was an opportunity that was available. We don’t have a store right in the core of downtown. This is our first core downtown store. We opened a store on College Street last year,” he said.

“It will give us good visibility. There’s a lot of visitors and in that area. We feel there’s a void for a health food store and we’ll be a perfect fit for it.”

Healthy Planet is a health and wellness store with 35 locations in Ontario. It has grown from a small kiosk in a strip mall to what it is today.

The store offers a large selection of vitamins, herbs and supplements of the highest quality at affordable prices, as well as herbal products, bodybuilding supplements, diet products and natural cosmetics.

“Initially when we started Healthy Planet, we were mostly selling bulk food and then we added health food products and some supplements and then slowly grew into a one-stop health food store and then we added more and more categories as we grew,” said Mohamedy. 

Healthy Planet Yonge Dundas (Image: Healthy Planet)
Healthy Planet Yonge Dundas (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

The company said its expansion is a testament to Healthy Planet’s “unwavering commitment to fulfilling its mission of granting the community access to exceptional health and wellness products and the team couldn’t be more excited to bring this commitment to downtown.”

The location will also include a Healthy Planet Kitchen.

“A visit to a Healthy Planet kitchen is like diving into a world of pure culinary goodness,” said Mohamedy. This will be the second location for Healthy Planet Kitchen with Ajax being the first to open earlier this year.”

Mohamedy said the brand has a goal to reach 100 stores within the next five years.

Healthy Planet Yonge Dundas (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

Initially all the stores will remain in Ontario.

“We don’t have plans right now to go out of Ontario but never say never,” he said. “Once we feel Ontario is really saturated then we’ll start looking outside of Ontario.

“All of our opportunities to enter a market that we serve, we don’t want to do a half-ass job. We want to make sure we do it correctly. Expansion has to be done correctly otherwise it could be a nightmare situation. We don’t do it for the heck of doing it. It has been done strategically and for us the staffing is very important. So if we’re not able to do it we won’t do it.”

Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training. Mario was named as a RETHINK Retail Top Retail Expert in 2024.

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