Canadian Tire, Kent & Laurier

Canadian Tire at Kent and Laurier in May 1960. Image: Ted Grant / LAC Accession 1981-181 NPC, Series 60-0759.
Canadian Tire at Kent and Laurier in May 1960. Image: Ted Grant / LAC Accession 1981-181 NPC, Series 60-0759.

Two years ago, when I wrote about the Canadian Tire outlet at Kent and Laurier, I did not have a picture of the store at the ready and chose to upload a copy of the opening day advertisement instead. Knowing that there must have been something available, that did not sit well. Fortunately, as part of an assignment, Ted Grant was dispatched to the store in May of 1960 in order to take promotional photographs of the exterior and of its owner Ed Leroy in celebration of his 25th year in business.

Source: Ottawa Journal, June 1, 1960, p. 12.
Leroy and MacNish celebrated their business anniversary in style by giving away a trip to Florida. Source: Ottawa Journal, June 1, 1960, p. 12.

The store remained at the corner until 2002, when Minto took its option on the property had had it demolished to make way for the third tower of the Minto Place complex. The third and final tower had been part of its original plans, which dated back to 1984.1Canadian Tire will be razed for Minto’s downtown office tower,” Ottawa Business Journal, January 14, 2002. For information related to the Minto Place complex, see Hugh Adami. “Minto proposing huge hotel, living complex for downtown,” Ottawa Citizen, October 17, 1986, pp. A1, A2; Alice Brodie. “Minto complex moves step closer,” Ottawa Citizen, December 4, 1986, p. C6; Karen Benzing. “Minto Place  a step nearer completion,” Ottawa Citizen, June 12, 1987, p. A17; Alex Dryden. “Minto grabs government office contract,” Ottawa Citizen, July 13, 1987, p. A10; Sean Upton. “First phase of Minto project opens on time and on budget,” Ottawa Citizen, March 10, 1988, p. E6; Kathryn May. “Office away from the office,” Ottawa Citizen, September 27, 1988, p. B1; Vito Pilieci. “Minto completes ‘legacy’ project; Third downtown tower exceeds LEED standards,” Ottawa Citizen, September 16, 2009, p. D1. As both Downtown and Centretown residents find themselves without a dedicated hardware store, the store’s closing has been a notable loss.2A number of articles published in the Citizen lamented its loss. See Kate Heartfield. “Closing of modest Canadian Tire store is a win for asphalt, sprawl,” Ottawa Citizen, May 1, 2002, B4; Craig M. Lee. “The end of an icon: An institution for 49 years, Canadian Tire is leaving downtown,” Ottawa Journal, April 26, 2002, p. C1.

The corner in 2016. Canadian Tire was demolished 2003 to make way for the third Minto Place tower. Image: Google Maps.
The corner in 2016. Canadian Tire was demolished 2003 to make way for the third Minto Place tower. Image: Google Maps.
The corner in 2002, just prior to the purchase and demolition. Image: geoOttawa.
The corner in 2002, just prior to the purchase and demolition. Image: geoOttawa.

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1. Canadian Tire will be razed for Minto’s downtown office tower,” Ottawa Business Journal, January 14, 2002. For information related to the Minto Place complex, see Hugh Adami. “Minto proposing huge hotel, living complex for downtown,” Ottawa Citizen, October 17, 1986, pp. A1, A2; Alice Brodie. “Minto complex moves step closer,” Ottawa Citizen, December 4, 1986, p. C6; Karen Benzing. “Minto Place  a step nearer completion,” Ottawa Citizen, June 12, 1987, p. A17; Alex Dryden. “Minto grabs government office contract,” Ottawa Citizen, July 13, 1987, p. A10; Sean Upton. “First phase of Minto project opens on time and on budget,” Ottawa Citizen, March 10, 1988, p. E6; Kathryn May. “Office away from the office,” Ottawa Citizen, September 27, 1988, p. B1; Vito Pilieci. “Minto completes ‘legacy’ project; Third downtown tower exceeds LEED standards,” Ottawa Citizen, September 16, 2009, p. D1.
2. A number of articles published in the Citizen lamented its loss. See Kate Heartfield. “Closing of modest Canadian Tire store is a win for asphalt, sprawl,” Ottawa Citizen, May 1, 2002, B4; Craig M. Lee. “The end of an icon: An institution for 49 years, Canadian Tire is leaving downtown,” Ottawa Journal, April 26, 2002, p. C1.

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