They also like to shop local; Pierogi House on Sportsworld got a big office-wide lunch order from them a while back. They like making friends with their neighbours.
But if it's not really a "shop", it's just an office that doesn't need valuable UpTown frontage, why would it be good to have something like Shopify downtown? Wouldn't it be better for that kind of business to be in some office tower somewhere, not using up all those valuable frontage spaces?
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05-06-2017, 05:17 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-06-2017, 05:17 PM by KevinL.)
They're not taking the frontage here, they're taking the upper storeys' office space, like their neighbours RBC and PWC. The downstairs will have other, street-facing retail.
At this point in time the percentage of street-level retail frontage that's occupied by offices in DTK is still quite reasonable in my opinion. It'd be nice to have less but while there is still a substantial amount of retail space vacant, I'll gladly take office space over vacant space.
Scotiabank is very much retail, and I do consider the Conrad Centre for Performing Arts and THEMUSEUM both as valid a street presence as, say, a night club would be.
I would say that KPMG (that's the "LCBO-to-Scotiabank stretch") in Uptown is an example of how an office need not be unpleasant. The little portico is pleasant to walk alongside- of course, because LCBO and Starbucks are such strong attractions, there's a good chance other people will be walking, too, which is always nice.
But I agree with you, Viewfromthe42, that generally offices setting up in storefronts is not a positive development. I don't think it's seriously out of hand in either downtown or uptown, but it's not something desirable.