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Mercatino Expands Food Hall Concept

January 18, 2018

Mercatino, means Little Market in Italian, but the establishment has made a big splash with the opening of its first location at the One York Street tower in Toronto…

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Trend: Why Restaurants are Being Added to Shopping Centres

August 06, 2017

Major Canadian shopping centres are adding full-sized, full-service restaurants to their properties like never before. It’s a trend recognized by a number of retail experts, with some landlords explaining that they are intentionally increasing space dedicated to food and beverage in order to attract customers, as well as increase revenue…

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Henry’s Cameras Launches New Brick-and-Mortar Strategy

May 25, 2017

Toronto-based camera retailer Henry’s has launched an innovative new store format that it plans to implement in its existing locations, as well as with new stores as it launches a retail expansion. Built in partnership with design/build firm BUILD IT By Design…

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Ride Cycle Club Launches Canadian Expansion

April 23, 2017

Vancouver-based spin studio Ride Cycle Club has just opened its second location in Toronto, and more are expected to follow, according to one of its founders. The concept was founded by Ashley Ander, Moe Samieian Jr., and JJ Wilson — Mr. Wilson is the son of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson…

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Independent Optical Retailer Sees Success Through Personalization And Unique Store Design

February 23, 2017

Toronto-based optical retailer Glass Monocle, which recently opened near the former Honest Ed’s, is already seeing success through personalized products and services – and a space that helps it standout. Its co-founders are contemplating expanding into multiple locations, after launching a branded store developed by BUILD IT By Design…

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BUILD IT By Design Expanding into High-End Retail

December 06, 2016

Condo towers continue to rise around the Toronto downtown area, especially in the popular King West and Queen West neighbourhoods. With the downtown population expected to almost double by 2041, the city will see even more rapid growth in density — and its residents are now searching for more authentic local experiences…

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Business Elite Canada

Bringing Out The Best In Your Business

November 2, 2017

Today’s customers expect an extraordinary experience when they visit a restaurant or retail establishment. To achieve this, owners know they need a construction team with the experience and expertise to turn the most complex concept into reality—BUILD IT By Design…

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Urban Toronto

Harbour Eats Food Hall to open in Toronto’s South Core

November 15, 2017

Calgary based food purveyor Mercatino is expanding to make Downtown Toronto it’s first location beyond Alberta, on the 5th floor of the PATH network-connected podium at One York (Sun Life Financial) & Harbour Plaza Residences…

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The Star

Award winning restaurant Alo to open laid-back spinoff spot next week

October 11, 2017

The team behind Toronto fine-dining restaurant Alo will open a second, more casual sister establishment next week.
Aloette will be located in the same building as Alo — 163 Spadina Ave., near Queen St. — but on the first floor, said spokesperson Sierra Percy-Beauregard…

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Weekly Voice

BUILD IT By Design Creates Unique Eva’s Chimney’s outlet

April 25, 2016

Toronto’s BUILD IT by design has just completed work on Eva’s Original Chimney’s new Square One Location. The brand new space features 20-foot custom custom quartersaw white oak front counter, and premium top of the line tiles…

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Yellow Pages

Patois 2.0 – Back And Better Than Ever

August 11, 2017

Patois debuted July 5, 2015. The restaurant took the city by storm with its unique take on Jamaican-Chinese cuisine, based on owner/chef Craig Wong’s background. On June 30, 2016, a fire broke out next door and caused the restaurant to close for just over a year due to extensive smoke and water damage…

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View The Vibe

Jamaican-Chinese Spot Patois has Reopened

August 9, 2017

When Patois closed after a massive fire engulfed the restaurant, people of Toronto were devastated. Fortunately, after the incident, owner Craig Wong was able to keep busy. He opened popular Chinatown spot Jackpot Chicken Rice, several Patois pop-ups, and a restaurant in Dubai dubbed Ting Irie…

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Ontario Restaurant News

Magazine Featured

May 2017

BUILD IT by design featured in May 2017 Issue. BUILD IT by design recently worked with Paramount Fine Foods to build their Richmond & Spadina location in Toronto…

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Canadian Restaurant News

Branding by design

May 16, 2017

When sisters-in-law Amreen and Seema Omar went from serving Indian street food at a Toronto farmers’ market to a 50-seat downtown restaurant, a trip to Mumbai with Toronto firm Jump Branding helped inspire the decor for Bombay Street Food…

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Restaurants Canada

How to Combat “Selfie Culture” with Design and Ambiance

April 17, 2017

Thanks to ‘Selfie Culture’ Millennials Are Eating with Their Eyes – Here’s How Canadian Restaurants Can Respond
When millennials go out to eat, they’re hungry for more than just great food. In fact, I like to think that they’re ‘eating with their eyes’ now more than ever…

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Ride Cycle Club

May 2017

Ride Cycle Club debuted in Toronto after a months-long underground invite-only setup. Located on Lower Ossington next to Lululemon’s men shop, The Local, it’s a product of Ashley Ander and JJ Wilson, the son of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson and the former brand director at Kit and Ace….

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Franchise Canada

Building Success for Your Restaurant Location

March 9, 2017

The physical appearance of a restaurant franchise is an important part of its brand. From the layout and colour scheme to furnishings and fixtures, it’s important for all locations to have a consistent look and feel. While the franchise makes the design decisions and can provide franchisees with a list of preferred contractors, it’s up to each individual franchisee to determine whom he or she wants to contract to do the work…

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Simon shahin and alburt lefebvre: today’s notable young entrepreneurs

December 28, 2016

Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneurs are Simon Shahin and Alburt Lefebvre, Co-Founders of award-winning construction firm BUILD IT By Design. Located in the GTA, these two are not only business owners but also best friends who have worked together since 2008…

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Food Service Hospitality

Now Open: Hopscotch

December 20, 2016

TORONTO — Hopscotch — the highly anticipated new restaurant in Toronto’s Scotia Plaza — recently opened its doors. The new eatery, owned by brothers Aiden and Wyatt Booth, caters to on-the-go customers and offers chef-inspired dishes made with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients…

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Mississauga News

Construction Firm Looking To Expand

Nov 21, 2017

A Mississauga-based construction firm is looking to expand across Canada after experiencing exponential business growth in GTA. BUILD IT By design is a full service construction company…


Digital Journal

BUILD IT by Design Expands Facility Amid Rapid Growth

March 24, 2016

Mississauga, ON — (SBWIRE) — 03/24/2016 — BUILD IT By Design, one of Ontario’s top full-service general construction companies, announced today that it has expanded its facilities as the company experiences rapid growth…

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Canadian Business Journal

The construction contractor that manages everything from design to delivery

April 15, 2017

BUILD IT By Design is a full service general contracting company that can manage your construction project from start to finish, design to delivery…

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Food & Drink Magazine

Building a Lifestyle

September 2017

For many people, eating isn’t just a necessity, it’s an experience, and the right setting can either elevate it or detract from it. Savvy restaurateurs know that their guests come not only for the food, but for the atmosphere, making it crucial to find architects, designers and contractors who get it…

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