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There’s a doubly-good food spot opening soon in Toronto

Nov 8th, 2018

The Food Dudes are at it again, bringing Toronto some great grub. This time, the team is bringing together two city-favourites, Blondies and Pantry, to fill a new location at Commerce Court. The double-whammy spot will offer the quick and healthy eats of Pantry alongside the pink-boxed pizzas of Blondies. Whether you’re feeling a salad or a slice for lunch, your cravings will be satisfied by the options in this shared space….

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Vegan pizza joint Virtuous Pie finally opening in Toronto

Nov 8th, 2018

Taking over the heritage building at 611 College St., we can expect the store being constructed by BUILD IT By Design to have a pretty sleek look featuring some local artwork, where you’ll be able to custom order pizzas with nut-based cheeses and veggies. On top of small-batch plant-based ice cream, the pizzeria’s first Toronto location will also have the brand’s largest selection of drinks on tap…

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This Popular Burger Chain is Coming to Burlington

Oct 29th, 2018

A new popular food chain is coming to the Burlington Mall. Five Guys is a popular burger and fries chain that was first started in Washington, DC in 1986 by the Murrell family. Now, there are almost 1,500 locations around the world and the opening of the Burlington Mall location will be the first in the Halton Region. Five Guys is a restaurant that only uses peanut oil, and fresh ground beef in order to achieve the burgers and fries they do…

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Very Popular Pizza Place Set to Open in Burlington

Oct 2nd, 2018

Good news for pizza lovers (everyone). If you love a good pizza, and let’s be real who doesn’t, you’ll be happy to hear about this new restaurant opening. Blaze Pizza is getting a Burlington location. The new restaurant, which has California roots and is backed by LeBron James, will be located at the Burlington Centre…

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Popular Chain to Open in Oakville

Sept 24th, 2018

A new restaurant is coming to Oakville for those in search of the distinct flavours from Thai and Vietnamese food. Residents and travelers will be treated to a Basil Box location. This new location is predicted to open just before New Years of this year. So, start thinking about where you may want eat on New Year’s Eve. This chain was originally started in hopes to cater to people who look for healthier options still at a good cost…

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Retail Insider

Inside Market & Co, a First-to-Canada Large-Format Mall-Based Food Market Concept

Sept 11th, 2018

A 40,000 square foot food market has opened at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, just north of Toronto, featuring 20 best-in-class local merchants and first-to-market eateries that enhance the overall shopping centre experience. The food market is called ‘Market & Co.’ and it’s the first of several planned large-format multi-vendor food and beverage centres by landlord Oxford Properties…
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Popular American Chinese Restaurant Is Coming To Toronto

August 17th, 2018

According to Build It By Design, the iconic American restaurant, Chin Chin is currently under renovation and ready to join the Toronto foodie scene. With its debut in LA in 1983, it gained popularity by introducing dim sum and other Chinese favourites fresh to order (without MSG)….
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This Is Toronto’s Destination For Fresh & High Quality Gluten-Free Food

July 24th, 2018

Impact Kitchen, the gluten-free restaurant with paleo and vegan options has opened its second location after the major success of their first. They serve an evolving and innovative menu of protein-packed power bowls, salads, brunch dishes, baked goods, and broths, as well as coffee, smoothies and wellness lattes…
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July 10tth, 2018

Taking over the prime real estate of the former Tappo Wine Bar – a spot that managed to stay busy and relevant for a good decade – is Madrina (2 Trinity St.), an already bustling Spanish restaurant that will satisfy your tapas craving with a menu full of modern interpretations of classic Iberian small plates…
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LA’s Kardashian-approved Chin Chin restaurant is opening in Toronto

July 10, 2018

Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen, the fast-casual spin-off from the famous LA restaurant has officially landed in Toronto. A regular setting on episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Chin Chin is an institution in Los Angeles where it has been in business since 1983…
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Jollibee Announced Their Grand Opening In Mississauga

July 6th, 2018

You should probably start lining up now – the extremely popular Filipino fast food chain, Jollibee will be opening its second location! We know we can expect to see a lot more to open around the country. ississauga-based general contracting firm BUILD IT By Design announced on Twitter Wednesday that it had officially finished construction on the Jollibee restaurant set to open inside Seafood City Supermarket…
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Inside Madrina: The new Catalan tapas bar in Toronto’s Distillery District

July, 2018

Madrina, Spanish for godmother, is Toronto’s newest restaurant in the Distillery District.
From the same folks behind El Catrin and Cluny, the Catalan tapas bar is helmed by Executive Chef Ramon Simarro, and features a mix of traditional Iberian fare along with modern dishes inspired by Ferran Adrià…
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Here’s When Jollibee Will Finally Open Near Halton

July 5th, 2018

“It looks like Jollibee is opening sometime mid-July, [during the] week of the 16th,” Build it by Design says, adding that no exact date is confirmed. The company says that construction is almost complete So it looks like you’ll get to sink your teeth into a burger sometime within the next two weeks…
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Jollibee is about to open a new location in Mississauga

July 4th, 2018

The Mississauga-based general contracting firm BUILD IT By Design announced on Twitter Wednesday that it had officially finished construction on the Jollibee restaurant set to open inside Seafood City Supermarket…
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This ‘Create Your Own Pizza’ Chain From Vancouver Is Opening It’s Very First Toronto Location This Summer

Mat 2nd, 2018

Pizza is literally one of the best foods in the entire world, I think we can all agree on that one. There’s a reason pizza is such a classic go-to when you’re hungry and don’t feel like cooking any food for yourself. You can’t go wrong with a chewy crust topped with a tangy tomato sauce, ooey gooey cheese and alllll the toppings your heart desires…

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Global News

McMaster University set to launch new experiential learning program

Mat 2nd, 2018

McMaster University is partnering with Riipen Networks on a new continuing education course. The first-of-its-kind program in Canada will provide continuing education to students with live, project-based learning. Students in McMaster’s Human Resources Management program took part in the pilot project…

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Daily Hive

Jollibee’s Mississauga location expected to open early-July

April 13th, 2018

Jollibee’s first Toronto location in Scarborough is already open but with line-ups still hours-long to get a taste, another location in the GTA can’t open soon enough. Built It By Design, the general construction company working on the project has provided a timeline for the expected opening via email to Daily Hive…
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Jollibee opening Mississauga location this summer

April 11tth, 2018

The Mississauga-based general contracting firm BUILD IT By Design confirmed via email this week that they had officially started working on the GTA’s second Jollibee restaurant.Construction on the new store, which will be located inside Seafood City Supermarket…
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Here’s When Jollibee Will Finally Open in Mississauga

April 11, 2018

The soon-to-open Jollibee restaurant, a popular fast food brand from The Philippines, will take shape inside the recently opened Seafood City Supermarket in Heartland Town Centre. The brand began hiring for the new store back in 2017.
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Here’s When Jollibee Will Finally Open Just Outside of Brampton

April 11, 2018

For the past few days, the word “Jollibee” has been on everyone’s lips. Why? Because the Scarborough location has opened and is attracting throngs of people willing to wait five (or more) hours for the quick service resto’s beloved Filipino offerings.
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Design Develop Construct Journal

Truly Special Commercial Spaces

April 6th, 2018

One of Canada’s most experienced restaurant builders consistently delivering high-quality commercial spaces throughout the nation. BUILD IT By Design continues to establish itself as one of the most competent builders…
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Here’s When a Highly-Anticipated Egyptian Restaurant Will Open in Mississauga

April 2nd, 2018

This year has been a good one for food in Mississauga. And it’s only going to get better.
Anyone who lives, works or plays here knows that Mississauga boasts a uniquely diverse food scene that is–or should be–the envy of any up and coming city looking to brag about its enviable culinary landscape.
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SHOP! Retail Environments

Design embraces culture, pays homage to remarkable city

March 14, 2018

This fast-casual restaurant takes inspiration from the streets, tea rooms, and cafes of Mumbai. Transporting diners to another world, the project’s passionate spirit is on full display through a dazzling array of elements. Some are large, like the mural with Devanagari script. Others are small, such as door pulls from one of the country’s largest markets, the Chor Bazaar….

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Retail Insider

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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