The independent energy and destination retail promised by our Village Format strategy was first brought to life when the historic Simmons Building opened in 2015, where Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, Charbar and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery nourish our ever-growing community. Since then, entrepreneurial and innovative new shops are popping up nearly every month, offering everything from fine jewelry to fur baby accessories. They are small spaces with big ideas about visitor experience.
Urban Format shopping is all about needs: the need for groceries, drug store items, a few clothes for fun. RioCan's “5th & THIRD” is the heart of this idea. The 230,000 square foot retail centre is now under construction and will bring an urban concept Loblaws City Market and a Shoppers Drug Mart to EV, with other retailers to be announced soon.
East Village Junction.
While residents await the opening of 5th & THIRD and other shops, East Village Junction will temporarily provide basic retail conveniences. EV Junction is a contemporary outdoor retail park that offers a unique pop-up experience. Every Thursday through Sunday (and holiday Mondays) from June 1 to October 1, twelve retailers will set up shop inside shipping containers with produce, health foods, apparel, and much, much more.