Opening date set for Farm Boy at Leslie and Lakeshore

Photo:  Farm Boy

Photo: Farm Boy

Farm Boy is set to open its second Toronto location on Jan. 31 at Leslie and Lakeshore in Toronto’s east end.

The supermarket will enter the fray at an already busy intersection for groceries with its farm-fresh produce and organic, natural and locally sourced foods.

The 20,038 sq. ft. location will employ 130 and offer a wide variety of products including butcher-quality meats, artisan cheese, fresh dairy and chef-inspired meals.

The store will also offer a fast-casual restaurant experience including made-to-order pizzas and fresh sushi. The store will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner with daily features such as grilled paninis, seared Farm Boy sausages and gourmet grilled cheese. Shoppers can take the meals home or dine in the store’s eating area, which will be WiFi enabled.

“Offering healthy, fresh, wholesome foods and friendly service has been the heart and soul of our business since 1981,” Jeff York, Farm Boy co-CEO, said in a statement.

“After opening locations in Etobicoke and Hamilton we’ve received many requests from residents in the Toronto area asking us to open a Farm Boy in their neighbourhood. We’re excited to share the news today with the Leslie and Lake Shore community and we promise to work hard to earn their business.”

Farm Boy opened its first Toronto store in Etobicoke last March. The supermarket chain currently operates 27 locations in Ontario.

Farm Boy is located at 1015 Lake Shore Blvd. E. Visit farmboy.ca for more information.

Inside the Eastside: How will published sold data affect Toronto real estate?

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This fall, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) must publish sold data for the public.    

Is this good or bad?  What can home owners expect?  

There are still so many nuances to the value of a home that basic sold data and listing history cannot tell the whole story.   

Think about your own neighbourhood for a moment.  If you got a list of all of the semi-detached homes with three bedrooms, in say for example, Leslieville, would you expect that you could take an average of all of the sold prices and come up with a value?    

If only it were that easy.

Here’s the process we undergo to determine the value of a client’s home when they’re thinking of selling or putting an offer in on their next home: 

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1. Search properties within a comparable geographic area based on style, i.e.: detached vs. semi, number of bedrooms, parking, etc. 

This is where the general public would typically have to stop in their analysis. 

As an FYI, TREB automatically generates a report that shows the average price based on the homes this search generates. Plus, agents who don’t know the market and don’t do the work will also stop here. 

2. Refine based on specific streets that may not be comparable – one street may have more rental properties vs. detached primary residences. 

3. Further refine based on specific location features, i.e.: located across from firehall, bus route and condition of neighbouring homes.

4. Going a step further, focus on more specific features, , i.e.: lot size, parking situation and school district.

5. Apply local knowledge of the quality and quantity of renovations and updates within specific homes.  

6. Adjust for market conditions at the time of sale, or specific circumstances of the home sale. For example, did the home sell quickly and for less due to highly motivated sellers? 

7. Draw on experience and knowledge of homes in the area for the various nuances of why a home may or may not be a good comparable. From the 40-50 homes you start with, there are perhaps only five to eight homes that will be truly comparable to yours.  

Ensure you’re working with a full-time professional agent or team. If they aren’t, they may not be seeing enough homes in your area to have the knowledge to provide an accurate valuation. In 2017, just over half of 50,000 agents did 1 or 0 transactions in 2017. Only 10% did 10 or more sales. Source: REMonline.com (in case you were wondering, our agents do almost double that.) 

8. Factor in the real-time market conditions. What has changed since those other homes sold? What near-future policy or economic changes could affect the value? 

9. Evaluate the competition of other homes currently for sale and how that positions your home in the market. 

10. Incorporate knowledge of other homes that are not listed yet but hitting the market around the same time as yours.

When you’re talking about one of your most valuable assets, work with a professional to determine the value of your home before you make any big decisions. 

Real estate IS a hobby and it’s even more fun to see what has sold in your area. Sold data just made it that much more fun. Email rachel@therichardsgroup.ca to get set up as soon as our sold data site is released.    


The Richards Group Re/Max Hallmark has the honour of being East Toronto’s Agency of Choice from helping so many clients move their lives forward. They have redefined real estate with an experience of total care, unlocking the true potential of your home while delivering industry leading results, so your next move brings you closer to where you want to be.  

Tiny Record Shop & Token break in new space with housewarming party

There’s only one way to break in a new space and that’s with a proper housewarming party.

Retail partners Tiny Record Shop and Token carried on the tradition of hosting in-store shows with the first performance in their new location.

Singer-songwriter Lou Canon and musician Mappe Of played songs to warm up the new space, which recently opened at 777 Queen St. E.

Pizza from Blondies and drinks from Leftfield and Brickworks Cider made it all that much better.

If you haven’t yet had a chance, go check out the new location. Or, just read about it.

Photos: Matt Forsythe Photography