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Toronto Market To Get New Store

Agape Christian Marketplace

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.

Jaret and Liz Voce - Agape Christian MarketplaceThe 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.

  1. September 2, 2014 at 10:08 am

    All the best to Jaret & Liz from their friends on the East Coast! 🙂

  2. Joseph
    September 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Blessings and best wishes to Jaret and Liz. Enjoy the journey ! Joseph’s

  3. September 11, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you for posting information about our store here. We were pleasantly surprised when we we stumbled upon the article after you published it.

    We’ve had a great start with our grand opening this past Saturday, and had the opportunity to begin some wonderful new relationships. We are blessed.

    Thanks for your concern about our website. As it stands, it’s not gated or blocked, but instead not ready to launch yet. Before making the site publicly available, we want to ensure that it’s functioning properly, and providing a good experience for our customers.

    To provide your readers with a little more detail; I designed a fully-functional e-commerce website (store.salvationarmy.ca) while working with The Salvation Army in my role managing their marketing program for their stores supplying Christian based materials, as well as internal supplies.

    As you know properly running a store is a full time gig, and as much as it pained my wife and I to do so, we stepped back from our joint youth pastor position at Don Valley Bible Chapel, the independent church we continue to attend in Toronto.

    Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers, they are greatly appreciated and needed. We are excited to travel this road that God has laid out for us.



    • September 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

      The article is being adjusted to incorporate the changes. Hope all goes well. If you ever need any advice feel free to contact me at Searchlight in Cobourg.

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