An old hockey rink, a new retail hub

It’s a big week for Toronto’s retail scene, as one of the city’s landmarks makes its debut as a freshly made-over retail hub.

Maple Leaf Gardens, the former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, finally re-opened its doors to the public this week as Loblaws put the finishing touches on the large new grocery store located in the former hockey arena. Hundreds of people lined up to see the new supermarket, and it got rave reviews from shoppers.

The newly renovated complex at Church and Carlton also features a new Joe Fresh clothing store and an LCBO liquor store.

The venue holds an abundance of heartfelt memories for hockey fans. It was the home rink for the Leafs for nearly seven decades – during which the Leafs won 11 Stanley Cups – before the team moved to the Air Canada Centre in 1999.

Appropriately, hockey will be a part of the landmark’s future: a revamped arena at Maple Leaf Gardens is set to open in spring 2012, which will be home to Ryerson University’s hockey team, the Rams.

I’m glad they’re finally bringing life back to this building, which has been an important part of Toronto’s history, and I think it’s great that it will once again become a destination for hockey fans and players alike.

And now, shoppers can enjoy the venue, too.

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