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Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen

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The latest upscale supermarket to hit Toronto’s streets is Summerhill Market’s new Annex location, located just north of Bathurst Station. The new store is the family owned and operated grocer’s third, and it’s geared towards short-on-time shoppers who don’t want to make more than one stop for all of their gourmet-food needs—things like oat milk, keto-approved chocolate, gluten-free granola and cold-brew coffee protein shakes. For the Skip the Dishes crowd, a majority of the space is dedicated to grab-and-go or heat-and-eat items, including salmon with mango salsa, steak-and-mushroom pot pie, and turkey dinner with all the trimmings. (There are regular groceries, like produce and stuff, too.)

Pencil Design turned the former carpet store and storage area into a 6,000-square-foot supermarket. Surrounding the perimeter of the room are hand-woven macramé tapestries by Loom Studio, depicting the brand’s 66-year history:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

Natural light floods the room, thanks to a pair of 20-foot-long skylight windows:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

In addition to cold-pressed juices, there are pre-chopped fruits and vegetables:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

Here’s more of the same section:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

Summerhill Market has its own line of snacks:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

And sauces, too:

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Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

There’s a salad bar:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

And a hot bar that’s constantly refreshed with a rotating selection of dishes like paella and osso bucco:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

There are over 100 store-made prepared products, including lasagna, Thai curries, tandoori shrimp skewers and vegan bowls:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

Here’s more:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

These heat-and-eat mains don’t require more than 25 minutes in the oven:

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Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

One of Summerhill’s most popular items is the chicken pot pie which debuted in 1995. The pies are made with free-range King Capon chickens, and are available in all sizes. There’s also steak and turkey pot pies, tourtiere and quiche:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

Here we have some crowd-favourite cheeses and pre-sliced cold cuts:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

As well as marinated and pre-seasoned cuts of meat:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

There’s also a whole lotta soup:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

Some of the dairy-alternative products for sale include Oatly oat milk and coconut-based Rebbl:

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Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

Dairy alternatives, continued:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

Hard-to-find specialty goods are tagged with #onlyatsummerhill signs:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

SmartSweets’ low-sugar candy contains just three grams of sugar in every bag of Stevia-sweetened gummies:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

House-made baked goods including pies, cakes and the brand’s popular line of loaves and cookies can be found here. (Summerhill Market absorbed the bakery staff from All the Best Fine Foods when it shuttered.)

Other products were chosen based on Summerhill’s continuing relationship with independent vendors like Montreal’s Mid-Day Squares, plant-based superfood snacks:

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Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

The store’s private-label chocolates are imported from France:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

Shoppers will also find exclusive-to-Canada goods at Summerhill:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

They claim to have been the first to bring in Beyond Meat and Halo Top ice cream, RXBar, Just Egg, Right Rice, Oatly, Keto Cups, Not Pods, Unreal, Rebbl, and a whole lot more:

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

The Annex cloth tote is free if you spend at least $75. (Or you can just buy one.)

Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

For those not taking transit, there’s an eight-space parking lot in the back laneway:

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Inside the new 6,000-square-foot location of Summerhill Market, just steps from Bathurst Station

1014 Bathurst St., 416-350-1678, summerhillmarket.com

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