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Jul 15, 2013 03:12 PM

Highland Farms

We went to the Dufferin and Steeles Highland Farms on the weekend and were surprised to find the items in the flyer were not on sale there. MY wife asked and the staff member replied something along the lines that they had split off.

If you look on the Highland Farms website under locations, they only list two, Scarborough and Mississauga.

Anyone know what's up?

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  1. But there's a Vaughan Highland Farms as well @ Rutherford and the 400. How does that location fit into the mix?

    1. There seem to be two web sites; and

      Coppas Highland Farms has three locations; 148 Bennett Road Scarborough, 4750 Dufferin Street North York and 3300 Rutherford Avenue Vaughan,

      Highland farms just two; 850 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough and 50 Matheson Blvd, Mississauga

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      1. re: Spelunk

        Any idea what the difference is between the 2?

      2. Quite strange having two web sites for basically the same thing. However, that said, I wonder if the Coppas HF's will eventually change name altogether. Maybe HF was getting to corporate and the Coppas wanted it to stay within the family and continue to control supplies, etc.

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        1. re: scarberian

          Interesting! I guess we'll have to wait and see.

        2. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but this past Saturday was the first time that I noticed that they had plain bags in their produce section, not the regular Highland Farms bags... This was at the Dufferin and Steeles location.
          Oddly enough, this was the first weekend in a long time that I actually forgot to pick up the flyer so I didn't see what was on sale.

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          1. re: icey

            I noticed that too! I'll check their produce section especially the Apples because you usually see the sign that it was picked from the local Highland Farms' orchards. If it doesn't say that, then...

            I just hope the ones that went with the Coppas name retain the same quality and variety in goods.

            I know the employees at my local HF had to recently purchase their own uniforms. It would suck for them if there was a name change.

            1. re: scarberian

              Scarberian, I also noticed a manager putting up a lot of "homemade" signs in the produce section rather than the green and yellow signs. I really hope things don't change too drastically because I think they have the best produce section of all my local supermarkets.

              1. re: icey

                I don't get to a Highland Farms often since there isn't one near me anymore, but when I'm planning a major cooking session and vegetables are key, I drive up to the one on Dufferin and pick things up there. They have a wide variety and their produce is generally really high quality. Even though I don't get there much, I'll be bummed if things change.

          2. There has been a split.

            Not sure about all of the particulars but from what I understand one group now has Scarborough, Mississauga, the actual farm and has maintained the name. The other group has the other locations, including Dufferin and Vaughan Mills. Allegedly there is also quite a bit of real estate in play as well.

            It is somewhat sad that a family business is splitting up in the same year it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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            1. re: theweight

              Here's what I found out through one of the cashiers...

              1) Highland Farms is still a family business run by the two Coppas brothers.

              2) The older brother gets 3 stores: Bennett Rd. (which I think was the original), Vaughn and North York

              3) The younger gets the other 2 stores: Ellesmere/Kennedy and Mississauga

              4) Both web sites use the Highland Farm name although the older brother lists his stores under the Coppas banner.

              5) the cashier said, for now, they'll continue to operate under the Highland Farm name

              1. re: scarberian

                My intel produced the same results. No reason for anyone to panic.

                I'm still diggin' the Kennedy/Ellesmere location except for one minor thing. There's one woman at the red meat butcher counter who's, well (with thanks to Joan Crawford), "There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society outside of a kennel."

                1. re: scarberian

                  Thanks to all the intel from CHers, I'm clear on all of this, but it would be nice if the owners of both factions got to together and communicated these changes to their client base, especially the part about the split-off stores not honouring HF flyers.

                  1. re: scarberian

                    the original store was at 1558 queen st w and the next one was at danforth east of broadview,bennett road was number three.

                    1. re: TriEd

                      Thanks for clarifying that. Due to it's size I thought it was the original, but being number 3 is close enough =).