LCBO Opens Canada's Largest Liquor Store (February 7, 2003)
On February 4th, Tim Hudak, Ontario's Consumer and Business Services
Minister, opened Canada's largest liquor store in the faithfully restored
North Toronto Railway Station.
The building that houses the Summerhill liquor outlet on Yonge Street
was operated as a Canadian Pacific Railway station from 1916 to 1930.
The 31,000-square-foot space is dominated at the entrance by a majestic
cathedral ceiling with marble walls and the original brass ticket wickets
from the old railway station.
The shelves hold the most comprehensive array of wines, beers and spirits
available in Ontario over 5,000 labels. A prominent feature is
the wall of Canadian Icewine and the largest selection of Ontario wines
on the planet.
There is also a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and tutored
The LCBO's expectation is that this flagship store will take in twice
as much revenue as the former, much smaller, Summerhill liquor store did.