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Downtown market made of 120 shipping containers is now open for business

April 10, 2019 / cbc
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Not too long ago, a large empty parking lot sat along the west side of Bathurst and Front streets. Residents and visitors to the area were forced to walk by what was a barren wasteland that smelled vaguely of sewage and gasoline. But as of Wednesday, the 2.6-acre plot of city-owned land at 28 Bathurst St. has transformed into stackt: a bustling food and retail marketplace made entirely of 120 shipping containers. Stackt founder Matt Rubinoff used to live down the road and saw the lot as an opportunity for a public gathering space. "This is one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in Toronto, and so creating a public space here for people to gather and connect is a key piece for us," he told CBC Toronto.