Not So Convenient – 2017
Echo Variety Mart was a convenient store located at Echo Plaza in northeast Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. This small plaza sat vacant for a few months and contained a handful of stores and businesses, some of which included a dentist, a bank, a couple of restaurants and even a hair salon. Most of the shops were empty and uninteresting but of particular interest were this convenient store and of course the dentist’s office which had everything left over from when it was operational. This location did not last long, the plaza was demolished only a couple of months after my visits.
Shopping malls and strip plazas are disappearing at an alarming rate all over North America. In the United States there have been many large shopping malls that have closed down during the past decade or two, but here in Canada the decline is only just beginning. There are a number of reasons for this, some of which include online shopping, low priced big box stores and of course densification.