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Permits received, No Frills renovation work has begun

Artist's concept of how the No Fill will look when it reopens. -LOBLAWS

Artist’s concept of how the No Fill will look when it reopens. -LOBLAWS

Scaffolding has been erected outside the closed Rocca’s No Frills at 269 Coxwell Ave. as the store’s parent company, Loblaws Company Limited, has finally begun extensive renovations to the outlet that’s been closed for almost a year.

In an email to East York Chronicle in February a Loblaws communications spokesman said that a wait for construction permits from the City of Toronto was responsible for delays in starting the work, which will include a new front facade and interior redesign.

Last month the firm announced the permits have been received and workers have since been observed on site, but it has still not given an indication as to when the location will reopen.

Image capture of Google Street View of exterior in July 2016.

Image capture of Google Street View of exterior in July 2016.

The company has been offering a free shuttle service from the outlet’s parking lot to another No Frills on Carlaw Ave.

But a local writer who tried out the service reported that its schedule was erratic, with the driver taking an unannounced lunch break while she was stuck with her groceries at the Carlaw outlet.

“Signs indicating these times are posted outside Rocco’s but not the location at Carlaw and Gerrard, and this information isn’t available online,” she wrote.

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