Giant Toronto Pre-Grand Opening Industry Party Report, Photos, Videos
April 15, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – Giant Toronto celebrated its official grand opening on April 12 but also held an industry celebration the evening prior as 100+ guests shared a glass along with great appetizers and camaraderie including a ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the latest Giant store.
World wide Giant has 1,500 similar stores and we caught up with Paul Nash Deputy General Manager of Giant Canada for the background on the new store that was 4 years in the making – see interview below.
The new Giant Toronto features 3,600 sq ft and co-founder Murad Hassanali and sons Hassan and Jabir graciously hosted a lively group of guests that included Lorraine Chen, sister of Giant Global CEO, Tony Lo. A picture of Lo and King Liu, the founder of Giant in 1972, is on the wall among other milestones in the company’s rich history.
“We’re excited to celebrate 2014 as our 20th anniversary in the business. It is a true mark on our progression from being a Giant retailer, to a dedicated Giant Retail Partner and now into a flagship retail store for the brand. We are truly humbled to bring the Giant Cycling World experience to the great city of Toronto,” commented Murad Hassanali.
The evening culminated with a traditional ribbon cutting with Nash and Hassanali doing the honours. Then Jabir and Hassan thanked everyone for their support of the new store, and their other stores over the years, along with long-time staffers who have been an integral part of their success.
Nash added that Toronto was selected for its rich cycling culture and diversity and Giant strategically selected the Cycle Shoppe, to evolve into its newest flagship Giant store. He thanked everyone for coming and summed it up saying, “We’re one big Giant family and now you’re all part of that family.” – lots more photos below
650 Queen St. W.
Toronto M6J 1E4