TORONTO — The Eataly franchise is scouting sites in for its first Canadian property.
While the location for the Toronto store is still unknown, The Globe and Mail reports the owners are eyeing properties and locations in the trendy Yorkville area.
An upscale Italian supermarket and restaurant hybrid, Eataly also offers cooking classes and educational lectures on agriculture.
For the Toronto venture, Eataly’s founder Oscar Farinetti is partnering with Loblaw’s and Shoppers Drug Mart controlling owners, George Weston Ltd.
Established in 2004, Eataly has 27 locations worldwide, including; Chicago, Turkey, Dubai, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Brazil and Italy. It also has a 50,000-sq.-ft. store in Manhattan, which opened in 2010 and generates more than $85 million in sales annually.