I’ve been posting a lot from the September 7 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star because it has a lot of interesting stuff in it (naturally). This paper had three different ads for grocery stores.
The first was for Loblaw Groceterias (which eventually became Loblaw’s, then Loblaws). In 1933, they were already a retail giant, with nearly 50 locations in the city, including the 389 Spadina Road location mentioned here:
This is up from 28 locations in 1928. (By the way, I love the very idea of Dreadnought Toilet Rolls.)
A newer rival in the business was Adanac (Canada spelled backwards, of course), who weren’t in business in 1928, but by 1933 had opened 16 stores in Toronto and the surrounding suburbs:
The customer and grocer appear to be having a somewhat flirtatious conversation here!
The Adanac chain remained in business through 1948, with 30 branches listed in the Toronto city directory, but it is not listed in 1950.
Finally, there is an ad for an independent grocery store:
The Don Avon Marketeria remained in business until sometime between 1951 and 1956 (I didn’t narrow it down further). It’s interesting to me because you used to be able to see a faded ghost sign for it on the wall of the building that it was in:
This photograph was taken in 2001. The sign was difficult to read then, and it is now gone (the building has been repainted).