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Thursday, January 05, 2017

The End of an Era in Toronto

A landmark in Toronto's history has closed it's doors for the final time. 
For decades Honest Ed's offered the public clothes,  food, hardware etc. at discount prices. Immigrants  were greeted at the airport with information not only about Toronto but where they could buy everything that they needed to start a new home. 

The building at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst was bought in 1948 and filled with stock that was bought at "fire sales". From there, Ed's vision grew with ever-increasing flamboyancy as is seen with the Honest E'd sign that was added in 1986 creating a marquee not unlike what can be seen in Las Vegas.

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