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Loblaw Groceterias

Loblaw Groceterias Co., 1936
Loblaw Groceterias Co., 1936

Loblaw Groceterias Co., 1936 Source: Etobicoke Historical Society

Elmar Furniture, 2019
Elmar Furniture, 2019

Elmar Furniture, 2019 Source: Google Image Capture

Loblaw Groceterias Co., 1936
Loblaw Groceterias Co., 1936

Loblaw Groceterias Co., 1936 Source: Etobicoke Historical Society

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Established in 1919, Loblaw Groceteria was the first to introduce “self-shopping” or self-service grocery shopping.  It had a sign that said “NO WAITING” which means customers do not need to wait for a clerk to accommodate and to fetch their groceries behind the counter.

Despite the critic’s negative beliefs that it will never work, Loblaw succeeded and had 70 stores in Ontario by 1928.

Today, situated on the site is the Elmar Furniture which sells living room, bedroom, dining room, office furniture, and bathroom furniture.