The upcoming closure of the Rogers Video (Howard Park and Roncesvalles) and the relocation of the Royal Bank (at Fermanagh) have renewed a perennial community demand for an LCBO store on Roncesvalles.
The image at right, prepared by local resident Dale Fallon, shows the locations of LCBO stores in the west end, including the newest location on the Queensway at High Street. The circles are 2 km in diameter. The “missing LCBO store on Roncesvalles” is shown in red.
Jackie Bonic, Vice-President of Store Development for the LCBO, says “we are aware that the Roncesvalles Village area would benefit from a new LCBO store and are in fact exploring sites in and around this vicinity. Naturally, we must take into account certain factors when choosing a location, including neighbourhood shopping patterns, ample parking, visibility, accessibility, capital costs and leasing terms.”
The BIA would add that neighborhood vitality should also be considered by a publicly-owned monopoly. Too many LCBOs have located in power centres or shopping malls, diverting customers away from thriving main streets. If the government cannot allow us to choose where to buy our wine, we would hope that it not force people into cars to shop outside their local communities.
If anyone has concerns or suggestions for the LCBO regarding a store along Roncesvalles, it can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 416-365-5900, or by snail mail at 55 Lake Shore Blvd. East, Toronto, ON, M5E 1A4.