Cool Urban Canadian Tire Becomes Lame & Suburban

March 22, 2013
By: Reurbanist

I stumbled across what I was convinced must be the coolest Canadian Tire in all of Canada on Google Maps. Located at the end of one of the main streets in downtown Paris, Ontario, is a three storey heritage building which was occupied by a Canadian Tire until about one month ago. Sadly, the Canadian Tire was just moved to a greenfield site on the north end of town.

new location

Somewhere among this sprawl and farmland is the new Canadian Tire location.

But wait, it can now offer all its products on one level and has more seasonal items! Yea that's great, but its not going to do the downtown any favours in the short term. Paris is fortunate enough to have a strong tourism market, and their downtown BIA sounds very engaged, so I hope they can transform the space into some sort of market or artisan space.

Canadian Tire, this is 2013... but you seem to be stuck in the mid-90s.

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