Let the rumor mill start churning yet again, as Retail Insider reports that Italian mega market Eataly appears poised to move forward with long-threatened plans to open up a location in Toronto. Few additional details are given, but as far as locale goes, the piece does say that Eataly will set up digs in Yorkville, and then goes on to analyze the impact the new addition would have on local food retailers in the area.
Owned by Oscar Farinetti and partners Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Farinetti opened the first location, a 30,000 square foot store, in Turin, Italy in January 2007. He then partnered with the aforementioned trio to open the first North American location in New York City and a second location in Chicago just this past December. But Torontonians shouldn't hold their breath. The city has been mentioned as a target several times in the past (here and here), along with a handful of other cities, including Los Angeles. Have any crucial intel? Send it along to the tipline.
· Eataly Will Bring Its Innovative Italian Food Concept To Toronto [Retail Insider]
· Eataly [Official Site]
· Eataly Tracking [-ELA-]