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The Foodist Market on Queen St E: 40% off everything (closing down)

shocked May 24, 2011 12:39 PM

I just stopped in at the Foodist Market on Queen St (near Tango Palace) and they are shutting down. The store is fairly picked over, but everything that is left is 40% off.

She had quite a few cereals left, pastas, some canned goods (Amys, Eden Organic etc) vinegars, olive oil and condiments. In the freezer there were some organic frozen veg, frozen mushroom burgers, pizzas, homemade chicken stock, Mother Hen baby food, and fresh frozen pastas. All a great price- when you take 40% off!

Exact address is 1129 Queen St E

Tango Palace
1156 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1L2, CA

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  1. jlunar RE: shocked May 24, 2011 02:56 PM

    Whoa. Already! Thanks for the FYI.

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      foodyDudey RE: jlunar May 25, 2011 08:56 AM

      On the website the are saying they are closing because the 24' refrigerator does not work properly. I'd just get it fixed and stay open unless there is another reason.

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        jlunar RE: foodyDudey May 25, 2011 09:47 AM

        Thanks for pointing that out. Didn't think to dig on the site. But holy moly, you think it'd be cheaper to fix the fridge than to reopen elsewhere...

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          foodyDudey RE: jlunar May 25, 2011 09:53 AM


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            shocked RE: foodyDudey May 25, 2011 12:28 PM

            The lady, who I assume was the owner, mentioned the big produce fridge when I asked why they were closing. She just said that fridge was the death of us- its too painful and complicated to fix, when we are so new in to this venture... Maybe there was just no more capitol left. I had never been in the store prior to yesterday, but it seemed like a really nice set up.

            i dont think she is re-opening somewhere else, because she was selling the weight scales and fixtures in the store to some other people while I was there. From the prices she was rhyming off, she was letting everything go (fixtures and appliances) for about 30% off- so not likely to be opening somewhere else.

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              Lazar RE: shocked May 25, 2011 02:54 PM

              Just read on the website that the cost to fix/repair the fridge would be equivalent to their entire operating budget....now i am curious, I just want to see that fridge.

              That aside, they are looking at modifying the business (essentially, they would cut out fresh produce) so that they may reopen at another location.

              1. re: Lazar
                jlunar RE: Lazar May 25, 2011 03:50 PM

                Well, I just happen to have a photo (shocking, I know)...!

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                  Lazar RE: jlunar May 26, 2011 06:02 AM

                  sweet monkey...I know nothing about commercial refridgeration/refridgerators, but that thing looks awesome....shame it caused the business to fold.

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          pulguksa RE: foodyDudey May 25, 2011 04:06 PM

          Commercial refrigeration is a gigantic pain in the nether regions, constantly breaking down and requiring costly repairs. I had a restaurant that, at one point, was operating out of a small beverage fridge as the large two door fridge and both cold prep units were broken down. Repairs like this can kill a business on the brink.

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