Toronto Market To Get New Store
In a year where more store closings have made headlines, it’s nice to announce the opening of a brand new store, in a brand new location, in a major Canadian market. Agape Christian Marketplace’s grand opening was Saturday, September 6th at 3232 Steeles Avenue West on Toronto’s northern edge, just east of Highway 400 and west of Jane Street.
The force behind the store is Jaret Voce, a recent employee of Foundation Distributing, and his wife Liz. Before FDI, Jaret worked for The Salvation Army as a website manager, and was also a youth pastor for a Brethren Church in Willowdale.
Geographically, the store somewhat ‘replaces’ Speelman’s Bookstore which was also on Steeles West, between Islington and Kipling, and closed earlier this year after 52 years. It’s no surprise that the store’s grand opening advertising carries an endorsement from John and Grace Speelman. Stores in the GTA currently include Cornerstone at Yonge and Finch, Faith Family at 401 and McCowan; three Catholic-focused stores; and three academic/university stores. By any measure, even with its religious and ethic diversity, Toronto would be considered under-served.
So a new store will make a big difference, and hopefully be a portent of future growth in our industry in Canada.
- Store Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThatAgapeShop/timeline
- Store Website: http://www.thatagapeshop.com/