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Reither's on Church

waydowntown Mar 20, 2012 10:02 AM

urbantoronto.ca is reporting (in the neighbourhood node forum) that Reither's on Church Street near Maitland has closed. If true, this is very sad news for the neighbourhood--Reither's has been a fixture for a long time, and many of the products that itcarried are not readily available elsewhere downtown. And the people there were very helpful and pleasant.

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    Smachnoho Mar 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    Reither's closed? I can't believe it? Why? And when? I love their Beet & Herring Salad. Not to mention their meat in general. A great butchershop.

    1. prima Mar 20, 2012 10:13 AM

      I bought some candy at Reither's on Sunday, March 18, 2012. They were open, and still had a good selection of candy and German magazines. Their display cases were full of cakes and meats, and the shelves were well-stocked. Maybe you can let Urban Toronto know Reither's is still in business?

      Waydowntown, If you read this in the next 2 h, maybe you could edit your subject line to take out the 'closed' ? These "x is closing" headlines can be harmful to a small business, and it's a pain for small businesses to deal with these kinds of rumours.

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        Smachnoho Mar 20, 2012 10:23 AM

        Thanks for your quick reply. I am so glad nothing has happened to Reither's. A first class place. Since the weather is so nice day I should stop by after work and shop.

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          waydowntown Mar 20, 2012 10:50 AM

          Thanks, Prima--subject line changed as per your post above. I don't want to be responsible for scaring anyone (more than I have already). Thank you.

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          magic Mar 20, 2012 12:08 PM

          Thay have indeed closed.

          I just walked by 15 minutes ago.

          A sweet letter on the door indicates it was a basic retirement after years in the business.

          Wow, what a loss for Church St. :(

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          1. re: magic
            waydowntown Mar 20, 2012 12:28 PM

            I am saddened to have this news confirmed. I had hoped that the info on urbantoronto.ca was mistaken.

            You're right, magic--this is a terrible loss for the street. As an urbantoronto poster said, who knows what will take its place (nothing independent or small-scale, most likely, given the increasing development pressures on Church).

            1. re: waydowntown
              prima Mar 20, 2012 12:52 PM

              Wow. The owner didn't mention anything about closing when I was there on Sunday. I'm sad to hear this.

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                Smachnoho Mar 21, 2012 05:51 AM

                I went by after work and saw the sign too. The owner/ founder is Peter Reither, an Austrian butcher and I have not seen him in the store on a regular basis for a while.
                I asked at the butcher shop across the street and was told it was sudden & that the signs went up Monday. Everyone is surprised. I just hope that Pusateri's Fruit Market doesn't follow the same route.

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                  magic Mar 21, 2012 05:52 AM

                  As do I!

                  Go out and support Pusateri!

                  1. re: Smachnoho
                    waydowntown Mar 21, 2012 07:33 AM

                    Agree 100 percent about Pusateri's (and I would add the cheese shop and Cumbrae's). I wonder how many neighbourhood residents who used to frequent the independent merchants on Church are now shopping instead at the giant Loblaw's in the former MLG. (Loblaw's holds no attraction at all for me, but I suspect--can't prove--that I'm part of a tiny minority.)

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                      MargieEv Mar 21, 2012 08:32 AM

                      Really sad about Reithers .I really like the staff in there. Loved lots of things but especially their cabbage rolls. I do hope Pusateri's isn't next. It isn't nearly as busy as it use to be and now they are open Sundays. Hopefully not a bad sign.

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                        magic Mar 21, 2012 11:18 AM

                        And while at Pusateri check out Garage Sandwich Company in the back of the store for tasty, interesting sandwiches served on fresh baked foccacia!

                        Such dedicated, nice people running that shop.

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