http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/124329

Loblaws plans for Maple Leaf Gardens still to be unveiled

Posted Feb 22, 2007 by soome2000

http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20070221/loblaws_mlg_070221/20070222?hub=TorontoHome

Investors met at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Wednesday to hear about the future plans by Loblaws for the building.
"Wednesday's meeting was off-limits for the news media. But after they met, investors said they liked what they heard about the company's future plans for growth."
The last game was played at "The Gardens" in 1999, and Loblaws bought it in 2004. The building has been vacant for several years, and the company is ready to begin clean up, they will begin transforming it into a grocery store.
But in January, company spokesperson - and former city mayor David Crombie - said that the building will be home to a grocery store, indoor parking and a museum in the Gardens' lobby.
Let's see now, indoor parking on-site, groceries, and while I'm there I should also visit the museum, a real tourist trap.
According to the CTV report:
"Few people have seen the interior of the building but CTV News got a sneak peek in late January. The Gardens appeared frozen in time and in a state of slow decay, looking a little battered and littered with garbage and dead rodents."
Sounds like the clean-up will cost more than anything, oh yes, and the museum will include rotating displays of hockey memorabilia. I can hardly wait. According to Loblaw Executive Chairman Galen Weston Sr. the project will begin this summer and they hope to reopen Maple Leaf Gardens about two years after that.
Well, in two years people won't even remember the part about the dead rodents.