Toronto Mike

Simpsons Department Store


YouTube user Retrontario frequently uploads fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems.  These clips never fail to bring back a ton of memories for me, so I feature them from time to time.

It's been a while since we've shopped at Simpsons.  When I was a kid, Simpsons was a big deal.  It was right up there with Sears and Eatons.  The Simpsons location on Yonge Street was especially important because that's where the gang from Today's Special hung out.

That Simpsons location is now a Bay, and the name Simpsons hasn't been used since 1991.  As I understand it, the Hudson's Bay Company actually bought Simpsons in 1978 and today it's Sears Canada that actually owns the rights to the name, even though most of the outlets were converted to Bay stores some time ago.

Here's an ad for Simpsons for those of you too young to remember this slice of Canadian department store history.

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