Massive storage facility to replace another Toronto Beer Store location

The Beer Store’s Toronto locations have disappeared faster than ever thanks to a massive sale of the retailer’s real estate assets, and it looks like another branch of the brand will soon be gone.

Unlike other locations recently proposed for demolition to pack in new residential units, the Beer Store in 3524 Dundas Street Westjust east of Jane, has been on the chopping block since 2021, slated for demolition to make way for a planned self-storage facility.

Scheduled by owner XYZ Storagethe building designed by Rick Brown + Associates would bring a monolithic presence to the site, the six-story box of a building with few windows, clad mostly in insulated metal panels.

Looking northeast across Dundas to the proposed self-storage facility. Rendered by Ampersand.

Adding color and visual interest to the otherwise bland exterior, the plan features murals based on XYZ Storage’s brand, which looks suspiciously like the new CIBC logo (itself strangely resembling the old Renault logo removed around the same time) in yellow, white and gray tones.

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A geometric pattern inspired by the XYZ Storage logo would add color to the exterior. Made by Ampersand.

No shops are planned, and if a few offices are planned on the ground floor, this is not exactly the type of development likely to animate this island of pedestrian life.

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Looking northwest through Dundas to the proposed self-storage facility. Made by Ampersand.

That’s not to say that the current Beer Store has no flaws. Its front entrance located almost 35 meters from Dundas to accommodate surface parking, this location and the neighboring LCBO (not included in the layout plans) were clearly not designed with pedestrians in mind.

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Looking east along Dundas to the proposed self-storage facility. Rendered by Ampersand.

Having a building closer to the street will make this stretch a little more comfortable for pedestrians, although the proposed use of the building will prove a little disappointing for anyone hoping to see fashionable businesses set up shop in the neighborhood.