Rosedale’s iconic and family-owned independent grocer, Summerhill Market, has a new location in the Annex Neighbourhood. Their storefront opened on November 14th, 2019, and offers an elevated food shopping experience with high-quality prepared foods, baked goods, fresh produce, and specialty food items (oat milk ice cream by Oatly, anyone?).
With an open concept layout, you will find products only available at Summerhill Market, as well as a variety of plant-based items, food made-from-scratch, and ready-to-go meals. You can also expect to find cold-pressed juices, and pre-chopped fruits, and vegetables, for those busy Toronto professionals looking to save some time in the kitchen. There is even a floral, magazine, and stationary area.
A History of Summerhill Market
Owned by the McMullen family, Summerhill Market has always valued its customers since its origin in 1954. They recognize that small footprint stores with just-what-you-need items are where the retail grocery market is headed. The store is designed for saving time for the customer, especially in a city as busy as Toronto. That’s why the store takes into account parking-friendly locations and a well-curated variety of products so that the market can be your one-stop-shop.
After scouting a dozen locations for over a decade, Summerhill Market opens its first location on Toronto’s west side with its Annex location. They also have a storefront in Sherwood and at their original Rosedale spot. Earlier this year, they completed the construction on a 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art commissary kitchen to expand their offerings at all locations. There is another store in the Forest Hill area opening soon on Eglinton and is expected to open in late 2020.
The Annex Location
The new Annex location boasts 6000 square feet of gorgeous space that has everything you need in a unique quick-shop environment, with a great location that has access to transit. There is also an adjacent parking lot that serves the neighbourhood to make your shopping experience more convenient.
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A Tribute to the Neighbourhood
Summerhill Market’s Annex location has been under construction for a year, headed by the design team at Pencil Design, who transformed a carpet store into a sophisticated food mart. Their inspiration came from the vibrant artistic community in the Annex, and they have created an incredible art installation that honours both the Summerhill Market brand as well as this vibrant neighbourhood. When you stop by the new location, you also won’t be able to keep your eyes off of the twenty-foot long skylights, the custom-designed light fixtures, and the hand-woven, abstract tapestries from Loom Studio.
It’s been proven that shopping locally improves the local economy, values the community, and reduces our environmental impact. Since sustainability is so essential to the Summerhill Market brand, they are continually evaluating their process when it comes to packaging, food-making, and which practices will work best to impact the environment better.
The Hot Bar
Who doesn’t love a good hot bar? If you think only a grocer like Whole Foods has an amazing hot bar, think again. The Annex Summerhill Market location has a delicious hot bar where you can grab-and-go a meal, and they also offer a cold bar with the trendiest salads and toppings.
If you love a boutique shopping experience, head over to the Annex and check out Summerhill Market’s incredible brand-new space.
Summerhill Market Annex Location
Terris Schneider is a writer based in Toronto. She is the Managing Editor for DINE Magazine and covers everything from food, fashion, music, travel, and lifestyle. Her published works have appeared in Discorder, Metro News, Stop Street Harassment, Pique Newsmagazine, and Sophomore Magazine.